In addition to the bereavement services for the families we serve, we have provided some helpful grief support links below:
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.
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.
VNA Hospice offers a variety of Grief/Bereavement Support Groups we trust will meet your individual needs. During this time of transition, acceptance and healing VNA Hospice is here to help. Joining them for this type of support group is a way to meet others who truly understand. ALL GROUPS MEET AT: VNA Hospice and Home Health, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant, PA 18447.
Bereavement Support Group
This more traditional group assists participants in learning to cope with the new challenges facing them as they grieve. Expressing emotions and feelings in a non-judgmental, safe environment often helps us work towards healing. Through conversation, education and encouragement, VNA Hospice walks with you through this life changing experience. The group is facilitated by their professional counselors and meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00 PM and 2nd Wednesday of each month from 12:30-2:00pm.
Knitting and Crocheting Group
Beginners and experienced join together every Monday from 1:30-3:00 pm. With instructors on hand, you will knit and crochet items for preemies which are donated hospitals in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. The group decided to produce "throws" for dialysis patients who experience fluctuation on body temperature while receiving treatment and hats, mittens, & scarfs for our homeless community. They ask that you bring your own knitting needles and crocheting hooks. Patterns and instruction provided.
Fisherman Knot Rosary & Sleeping Bag Project
Donating 3000+ rosaries thus far, this group meets every Tuesday from 1-2:30pm. VNA provides the twine needed to produce these lovely, soft rosary that are then donated to skilled nursing facilities, personal care homes and VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. VNA does not charge a fee as each rosary is donated with love and prayers. Also made are sleeping bags for the homeless community at this date/time. This project had its start in Hop Bottom, PA and involves easy sewing with needle and thread. Sometimes known as "Crazy Quilts" this project benefits many all year.
Yoga for Healing
Soothing our body, mind and spirit in a gentle way helps our whole being to relax and heal. Grieving takes enormous emotional work! Yoga, in its very gentle way, allows us to work through some of the emotions that weight heavy upon us, causing aches, pain and discomfort. Our instructor has many years of experience behind her and understand grief work well. There is a $10 fee per class and they meet every Tuesday evening from 6:15 SHARP to 7:30 pm. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket.