Guthrie Hospice to Hold Community Bereavement Support Group

Guthrie Hospice will be offering a five-week support group for those dealing with bereavement. The Community Bereavement Support Group is intended for anyone who has experienced a loss. It will begin meeting from Friday, Jan. 9 at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital.

Rev. Jeffrey Wilkinson, Guthrie Chaplain said: “This is an alternative opportunity to reach those who are unable to attend the evening support groups. The phases of grief are universal; the way each person passes through each phase is different. 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 the grieving process.”

The support group will be facilitated by Rev. Jeffrey Wilkinson, Guthrie Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator, and Karen Robinson, Guthrie Hospice Social Worker.  Topics will include the grieving process, coping skills, and communication and stress management. 

The group will meet every Friday from Jan. 9 through Feb. 6, from 1 - 2:30 p.m. in 2 North Conference Room at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Participants are welcome to bring a packed lunch, or lunch from the hospital cafeteria if they so desire.

Registration is not required, but it is encouraged. To register for the group or to find out more about coping with grief, please call Guthrie Hospice at 1-800-598-6155.

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 290 physicians and 155 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.