Heartworks Grief Support Group
When children and teens experience the passing of a loved one, they can become overwhelmed by their emotions and have many questions. Children often have a difficult time expressing their feelings of mourning and grief. Spending time with other children who also have experienced a loss can provide a safe place for talking about those feelings. They soon realize that there are others who feel the way they do. Participating in a children’s grief support group has been proven to be helpful even years following a loss. This process helps children learn to cope in a healthy way that restores their sense of control and hope.
Heartworks is a family-based support program for grieving children, teens and their families that offers support for:
- Middle School
- High School
- Parent(s)/ cargiver(s) of enrolled children/teens
There is a myth that you only need a support group if you are having problems. Most families who have experienced the loss of a loved one can benefit from a Heartworks grief support group. In our hurried society, we often don’t allow time to cope with the feelings we have when a loved one dies. A loved ones absence brings changes that are hard to explain and understand; also, children need to be given time to remember their loved one.
Our groups give a time and a place to regularly work through these tasks with the support of others who understand, as they are going through similar losses. Children and teens often need the opportunity to talk about their feelings. This can be through group discussion, art, music and drama. It is through this process that a child begins to heal and make sense of what has happened to them. Coming to our program as a family gives additional benefits of support among all family members.
Groups meet twice a month from September to May on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Divine Providence Campus, 3rd floor, 1100 Grampian Boulevard, Williamsport. A light meal is served from 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., followed by the group meeting from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
This program is free, but pre-registration is required.
Heartworks' volunteers are specially trained and dedicated individuals united by their love for children. Our comprehensive training program provides volunteers with the tools they need to give loving and compassionate support to grieving children, teens and their families.
Heartworks is an informational resource for parents, schools, churches and community groups. Our staff is available for presentations or workshops that are tailored to the needs of the organization.
Grief Support Brochures
Highmark Caring Place is a grief support program that has had a major influence on the development of Heartworks. They have developed a number of brochures for families and professionals that provide information on grief. Please visit Highmark Caring Place for more information.
For more information contact Linda Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Children Are Saying
“It feels like they’re my family. It feels like I have known them forever.”
“Heartworks is a place where you belong if you lost a loved one. And if you want to come you might be happy. IT IS FUN!!!!! I talk to them because they feel like my family”
“I thought I was the only one feeling this way.”
“Heartworks is cool, Heartworks is great, Heartworks is fun.”
What Parents Are Saying
“My son learned he wasn’t alone in his grief. He met others who had experienced loss and most importantly, he was able to understand that his feelings were normal.”
“Heartworks has helped me understand what my daughter is going through so I can support her.”
“Heartworks is a safe place to express verbally thoughts, feelings, questions, and doubts that are normally held within.”
“It is helpful to be able to see that others are having the same types of feelings as well.”
“Just feeling that we are not alone and we are around others going through the same journey is helpful.”
UPMC Susquehanna is here to help you and your family through difficult times with grief support groups in Williamsport and Wellsboro, PA, and the surrounding areas.