Adult Grief Support Groups
Have you experienced the death of a loved one? UPMC offers a safe and supportive environment to express and explore the many feelings that accompany loss and grief. Our adult support groups help with:
- Acknowledging and understanding grief
- Expressing and accepting feelings
- Coping and stress
- Developing supportive relationships
UPMC Williamsport Divine Providence Campus, 3rd Floor (near the Gatehouse)
1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701
Megan Hollick, LSW, or Cherrie Serra, RN, 570-320-7691
First Wednesday, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Second, Third, and Fourth Wednesday, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
UPMC Wellsboro, 32 Central Ave., Wellsboro, PA 16901
Robert Coppadge, MABC, 570-723-0760
Fourth Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the cost? There is no cost for attending the adult grief support group. This program is made possible through volunteer and community support donations.
2. What can I expect when I come? Everyone grieves differently and we hope that you will find acceptance and support for where you are in your grief journey. You will have a chance to tell your story to others who are also dealing with the death of someone close. You may learn things from them and they may learn things from you. Time is given to share memories about the person you have lost. The leaders share information about grief that is helpful. Sometimes we cry, but we also laugh.
3. Can I come just once to try it out? Yes. Everyone grieves differently and while a support group may be helpful to many, it may not be for everyone. Coming more than once allows you to build supportive relationships within the group, but only you can decide what is best for yourself.
4. Is what I am feeling normal? Grief is a scary emotion because it leaves you feeling out of control and sometimes it may seem like it is here to stay forever with no end in sight. Grief is a normal human reaction to the death of someone important in your life. Feelings such as sadness, hurt, confusion, numbness, hopelessness, anger and resentment are common and very normal. You may also experience sleep disturbances, changes in appetite and an inability to concentrate or focus on tasks. Grief affects everyone differently and it is important to remember there is no right or wrong way to handle it. What may work for you may not work for someone else, and what you are experiencing might be different than what someone else is experiencing.
5. How long will I feel this way? The timeline for grief is different for everyone. While friends and family may expect you to get on with your life in a few weeks or months, you may find that these feelings last much longer.