The changes can be overwhelming following a loss. We feel like our world has been turned upside down. Sometimes even simple tasks can seem insurmountable.
Support groups can provide information and guidance to help us find our way through these transitions. At Ridgelawn Funeral Home, we have teamed up with Vitas Hospice of Northwest Indiana to provide grief support groups at the funeral home for persons who would like to learn new ways to reclaim moments of contentment and happiness while honoring those who have died. These support groups are offered at different times during the year at no cost.
Vitas Hospice can be contacted at (219) 791-0561.
In addition, we have provided some helpful grief support links below:
The first Caring Place facility opened in Pittsburgh in 1997. Since that time, the program has expanded across Pennsylvania, with additional facilities in Erie, near Harrisburg, and in Warrendale.
Webhealing.com, the first interactive grief website on the internet, offers discussion boards, articles, book suggestions, and advice for men and women working through every aspect of grief. The site’s founder, Tom Golden LCSW, has provided book excerpts and contact information to help those healing from loss.
With nearly 50 internet support groups plus a wide range of online resources, GriefNet provides support for those dealing with all types of loss. Their companion site, kidsaid.com, helps children and their parents deal with grief and loss in an appropriate and safe environment.
Willowgreen offers support and information for those dealing with life transition & aging, illness & caregiving, loss & grief, and hope & spirituality. The site offers advice, products, and inspirational materials.
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) website contains a Grief & Loss section with grief-related articles and information.
Growth House is an award-winning website that offers international resources for life-threatening illnesses and end of life care. The site features hypertext topic pages that explain major issues across the spectrum of hospice and home care, palliative care, pain management, grief, death with dignity, and quality improvement. It also offers disease-specific guides, an online bookstore, and even their own radio station.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s website provides a host of information and resources for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury and their caregivers.