Coping with Grief: Support Groups for Young Adults at UPMC Susquehanna
There is a myth that you only need a support group if you are having problems. Most young adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one can benefit from the Young Adult 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 one’s absence brings changes that are hard to explain and understand. We offer a safe, supportive, non-judgmental space for participants to share their loss experiences in the presence others who are feeling similar pain. Time is taken for everyone to express their feelings and to remember the one who has passed away.
Home Care and Hospice’s Heartworks program at UPMC Susquehanna sponsors the Young Adult grief support group for young adults ages 18-35. Group sessions are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 7–8:30 p.m. at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Divine Providence Campus's 3rd floor.
This support group can help with:
- Acknowledging and understanding grief
- Expressing and accepting feelings
- Coping and stress
- Developing supportive relationships
- Use of art, writing and music in the grief journey
For more information on this program, please contact Megan Hollick by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 888-499-3177 or 570-320-7691.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the cost? There is no cost for attending the Young 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 would 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 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.
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. It can make you feel even more isolated and alone when no one "gets it".