After the loss of a loved one, it is common to need support and understanding. Coping with death is difficult, no matter what the cause of death and no matter what the relationship. Hospice grief and bereavement support is available for family members, caregivers and friends impacted by death, regardless of whether their loved one has died in our hospice program. Recognizing that we grieve as whole people, our services are holistic in approach to develop and practice lifelong coping strategies.
Support groups and bereavement programs are offered at several St. Luke’s campuses, and include structured groups, open groups, and workshops.
Please refer to the Bereavement Newsletter for specific dates and locations for all bereavement programming, and information on how to register.
Grief & Life Transition Support Group: This is a 6 week support group that will guide participants in understanding the uniqueness of their grief, and provides resources and education on the healing process. This is a supportive group that is focused on healing and living beyond a loss. The Grief and Loss Support Group is offered multiple times throughout the calendar year, and pre-registration for this group is required.
Mindfulness and Grief Support Group: This is a 6 week group that explores mindfulness-based practices and stress reduction as an approach to the healing process of grieving. This group is held twice a year in the Spring and the Fall. Pre-registration is required.
Healing Rhythms Drumming Group: This 6 week group is a unique approach to loss, grief and support in life transitions. The use of the drum is a vehicle of expression when you may not be able to put your thoughts and feelings into words . Drumming circles also provide a sense of connectedness with others and interpersonal support. No experience is necessary and the drums are provided for you. Our Healing Rhythms Group is led by a Remo HealthRhythms endorsed facilitator.
We currently offer 4 Open Support Groups to help meet the ongoing needs of bereaved individuals in the community. New members are welcome to join at any time and there is no registration required. These groups afford people the opportunity to meet in a safe environment with other people experiencing grief and loss. There is a facilitator to offer support. We meet:
First Monday of every month from 4-5 pm at St. Luke’s Hospital-Anderson Campus, Medical Office Building (MOB), 1700 St. Luke’s Blvd, Easton, PA 18045 in Conference Room A.
Second Monday of every month, from 6:30-7:30 pm at St. Luke’s Hospital-Quakertown Campus, 1021 Park Avenue, Quakertown, PA 18951 in Taylor B Conference room.
Third Monday of every month from 3-4 pm at Dinkey Memorial Church, 1742 Dinkey Road, Lehighton, PA 18212.
Fourth Monday of every month, from 6-7 pm at St. Luke’s Bethlehem Campus, Priscilla Payne Hurd Education Center, 801 Ostrum St. , Bethlehem, PA 18015 in Room 112. (Starting March 27, 2017)
Throughout the year, we offer a variety of workshops related to grief and loss issues.
Newly Bereaved Workshop: This workshop is offered on a bimonthly basis, and is for adults who have a lost a loved one within the past 1-3 months. This workshop provides education on the grief experience following the first few weeks and months after a death. We cover understanding common grief reactions, coping strategies, self-care throughout the grief process and beyond, and the uniqueness of your grief experience.
Other workshop topics are scheduled throughout the year. Topics have included Grief and the Holidays, Supporting Children and Teens in Grief, and Grief and Family Dynamics. We also offer children and teen programming several times throughout the calendar year.