Grief Counseling & Resources
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
There has been an ever-increasing desire to expand traditional roles beyond "at-need" and "pre-need" services into "after-need" or post funeral services for the bereaved. Hoffman Funeral Home & Cremation Services would like to invite you to New Strength, a grief support group. New Strength is a support group for adults, ages 16 and older, who have experienced the death of a loved one. The loss does not have to be recent, as there is no time limit on grief. New Strength is free of charge and supported by Hoffman Funeral Homes. The support group is available to anyone who is struggling with the loss of a loved one.
Loss is a universal process, a part of life that we must painfully learn how to cope. New Strength is composed of people who have experienced profound loss and have begun the journey from grief to recovery and growth. This support group provides a safe environment for you to share your experience and discover you are not alone, your feelings are not weird or different. Please join us in expressing, sharing, and exploring your feelings with friends who will listen.
New Strength meets on the lower level of the Hoffman Funeral Home in Davidsville, usually on the fourth Monday of the month starting at 6:30pm and lasting until 7:30 or 8:00pm depending on the size of the group. Please call Hoffman Funeral Homes at 629-5550 or 479-4790 to register or to ask any questions. If you think group counseling isn’t for you, individual counseling is also available.
We also have other ways to help you deal with your grief. The following is a list of books available for your use along with some online bereavement information. We also have a list of other support groups located throughout the region. If you find any of this information is no longer current or accurate, please let us know. Thank you!
BOOKS AVAILABLE FROM THE FUNERAL HOME
1. Children are Not Paper Dolls, by Erin Linn Levy. An easily read book that will bring understanding and courage to any child who has lost a brother or sister. Adults, too, will gain insight from it.
2. Concerning Death: A Practical Guide for the Living, by Dr. Earl Grollman. This book answers practical and specific questions, treating such subjects as grief, how to talk to a dying person, finance and religion.
3. Explaining Death to Children, by Dr. Earl Grollman. Unquestionably the finest book ever written on the subject; a sensitive study, a superb bibliography.
4. How it Feels When a Parent Dies, by Jill Krementz. Children and teens speak openly of their experience and feelings when either a mother or father has died.
5. Living Through Personal Crisis, by Ann Kaiser Stearns. For those who are moving through a mourning process and who are struggling with depression and other symptoms of distress.
6. Living When a Loved One Has Died, by Dr. Earl Grollman. With simple compassion, this book leads those who are grieving through emotional turmoil to a new hopeful life.
7. Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, Postvension, by Dr. Earl Grollman. Provides information on suicide statistics and gives advice on how to recognize the warning signs of a potential suicide attempt, how to intervene when a suicide has been attempted, and how to comfort families who have lost a loved one to suicide.
8. Suicide: Survivors, A Guide For Those Left Behind, by Adina Wrobleski. A book that provides hope and reassurance, written by someone who has experienced the pain herself.
9. Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child, by Dr. Earl Grollman. A touchingly written and illustrated book that deals frankly with the subject on the child’s own level....Excellent, too, is the Parents Guide.
10. Thumpy’s Story, A Story of Love and Grief Shared, by Nancy C. Dodge. In a warm and sensitive way it will help children of all ages deal with the loss of a loved one.
11. What Helped Me When My Loved One Died, by Dr. Earl Grollman. A collection of personal stories of parents, wives, husbands, children, and friends who have mourned the death of a beloved.
12. When a Baby Dies: A Handbook for Healing and Helping, by Rana K. Limbo & Sara Rich Wheeler. This practical book offers support and advice to those families who have lost a pregnancy or a newly-born baby.
13. When Parents Die, A Guide for Adults, by Edward Myers. Can be recommended to any adult who is dealing with the death or serious illness of a parent and will be found enormously helpful by all who read it.
14. When Death Touches Your Life, by Mervin E. Thompson. Practical help in preparing for the death of a loved one.
OTHER LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS - (Please call ahead before attending any of these groups)
Compassionate Friends: 814-487-7207 Contact person: Cathy Faher. This group is for parents, grandparents and siblings who have lost a child. They meet the first Monday of the month at 7:00PM at the John Paul II Center at St. Benedict’s Church, 2310 Bedford St., Johnstown.
Conemaugh Regional Hospice: 814-534-6100. This group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5-6PM at the Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute, 1450 Scalp Ave., Johnstown.
“In-Touch” Hospice: 814-443-5047. Contact person: Jessie Pringle. This group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00p.m.at the Hospice Hous, 1474 N. Center Ave., Somerset, PA 15501.
Windber Hospice: 814-467-6419. This group meets at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Windber Hospice in the back of the Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber on Somerset Ave.
ONLINE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT RESOURCES
Compassionate Friends: www.compassionatefriends.org.
Information on supporting family after a child dies.
Grief Net: www.griefnet.org.
Offers discussion and support groups for all bereaved persons with a variety of resources related to death and loss.
Online support group for children dealing with any kind of loss. It includes artwork, stories and poems.
Survivors of Suicide: www.survivorsofsuicide.com.
Offers support for family and friends dealing with a loss through suicide.
Information and support group resource for people of all ages who have suffered the death of a spouse.
NATIONAL ONLINE SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS