Guthrie Hospice To Hold Community Bereavement Support Group

Sayre, PA- Guthrie Hospice will offer a five-week Community Bereavement Support Group that meets every Friday beginning Jan. 13, 2012 through Feb. 10. The group will meet from Noon-1:30 p.m. in the 2 North Conference Room at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.

The Community Bereavement Support Group is a community outreach service intended for anyone who has experienced a loss. Rev. Jeffrey Wilkinson, Guthrie Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator, and Karen Robinson, Guthrie Hospice Social Worker, will facilitate the support group. The phases of grief are universal, but the way each person passes through each phase is unique to that individual. Pertinent topics will include understanding the grieving process, developing coping skills, improving communication, and stress management.

“This is an alternative opportunity to reach those who are unable to attend the evening support groups. By attending the Community Bereavement Support Group, you will find support from others who have suffered a loss and will know that you are not alone in your grieving process,” said Wilkinson.

Registration is not required, but it is encouraged. If you desire, you can bring a bag lunch or purchase something in the hospital cafeteria to eat. For more information or to register, call Guthrie Hospice at 1-800-598-6155, or visit Guthrie online at

Guthrie Health is a community-based, not-for-profit health care system jointly formed by Guthrie Healthcare System (GHS) and Guthrie Clinic, also not-for-profit health care organizations. GHS provides inpatient, outpatient and home-based services through Corning Hospital, Troy Community Hospital, Robert Packer Hospital, and Guthrie Home Care and Guthrie Hospice. Guthrie Clinic provides primary and specialty physician services at 25 regional clinics. Guthrie Health provides care for 200,000 patients annually within its eleven-county area service area across the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.