Local Grief Groups & Support Events

The death of a loved one, for most people, is one of life's most serious events. Changes can be very difficult and affect many areas of life - emotional, spiritual, social, and day-to-day activities. For most families, the funeral is the transition from what life was to the beginning of a new life that includes adapting to a sense of loss and grief.
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Local grief support groups can offer support and encouragement. A few are listed below with details of their group. We encourage you to look to a variety of resources to help you deal with your loss and as always, to contact us if we can be of assistance.

We also want to provide online help with the grieving process. Please visit our GRIEF RESOURCES PAGE.

GriefShare   ~   First United Methodist Church

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                         13-week video seminar series. Grief recovery topics from a biblical perspective.
                         Video seminars combined w/ support group discussion - Starts Sept. 12, 2016
                             225 South Second St., Chambersburg PA. Call for further information.
                             Watch a sample GriefShare VIDEO here: http://goo.gl/YroJU1
                             Questions or register for group, Call Gail Vaughn 717-263-8491, ext. 207.

"A Season of Grief"   ~   Daily emails for a year
                         Daily emails provide encouragement and reminders of the recovery process.
                         Preview Day 1 and sign up at GriefShare.org/dailyemails

WellSpan Health   ~   Adult Grief & Loss Support Group

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                        A six week program offered three times per year. 
                        Call (717) 851-3467 to register.

I am Not Alone with My Grief   ~    SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice

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                        Newly Bereaved Group - Hour and a half informational session providing        
                        guidance to those who have lost a loved one in the past 1 - 3 months.
                        Available in Chambersburg & McConnellsburg. Other grief and loss support 
                        offerings available to residents in Franklin, Fulton, Adams and York Counties. 
                        For more information and to register, call 717-217-3545
                        St. Luke Lutheran Church, 2695 Luther Drive, Chambersburg
                          Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg
                          Fulton County Medical Center, McConnellsburg

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Grane Hospice

Fellowship and support for anyone who has experienced a loss in their life.
Fourth Tuesday of Every Month from 3:00 - 4:00 PM. Free of charge.
Facilitated by Grane Hospice bereavement staff.
Elmcroft of Shippensburg - 129 Walnut Bottom Road. 
For more information, contact Stacy Beck, Bereavement Counselor
717-763-4001 or sbeck@granehospice.com


Helping Children to Cope with Grief   ~   Drew's Hope, The Drew Michael Taylor Foundation 


                        A support program for children, teens, and their families who are grieving
                        the death of a loved one.   Seven FREE sessions, includes meal.                    
                        Fall and Spring. Call for dates and times.                       
                        Marcie Taylor 532-8922,  drewmichaeltaylor@pa.net;
                           Luhrs University Elementary School at Shippensburg University                 
                           Greencastle Antrim Middle School

CBAG - Children's Bereavement Art Group, Under The Horizon

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                        No-cost, faith-based creative arts program.                    
                        Designed to help children ages 5-15, dealing with any type of loss.                                             2nd Saturday / every other month, 1-3:30 pm, Begins Feb 13 in 2016                                                         Click for more details  Registration required.                                                                 For info / registration Cathleen@underthehorizon.net;  717-752-4593                                            www.underthehorizon.net    2650 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg, PA

Camp Koala - Grief Resources for Children and Teens

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Provides grieving children, teens and their families with the tools and resources to help them manage their grief in a healthy way, and to offer companionship in a supportive environment.

Non-profit public charity hosting one, two, and three day camps, and support groups in local hospitals and schools.                         

                         717-258-1122, Email: director@campkoala.org
                         PO Box 2106, Ingston, PA 18704

Young Adult Grief Support Group - Ages 18 - 30

Highmark Caring Place

This program addresses a gap in services for young adults who often find it difficult to access support after a death.Group meetings will be held for six weeks on Thursdays through June and July at the Highmark Caring Place facility in Lemoyne, PA.

                         Contact Terri.Bowling@highmark.com; 717-302-8402.

Bereaved Parents Support Group

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                        For parents grieving the loss of a child of any age.
                        The first Thursday of the month from 7:30 - 9:00 PM.
                        Marcie 532-8922,  drewmichaeltaylor@pa.net 
                         Messiah U.M. Church (Timothy House Annex), 30 S Penn Street,               

Sweet Grace Ministries           

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                        Support Group for parents who have suffered a stillborn or infant loss. 
                        The second Thursday of the month from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.
                        Katy Dortenzo 717-830-1016 or sweetgraceministries@gmail.com                                              sweetgraceministries.com/
                        40 East Second St, Barn Suite, Chambersburg, PA 

 The Compassionate Friends ~ Supporting Family after a Child Dies

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Self-help support organization whose mission is to assist bereaved families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.                       
                      Non-denominational with no particular religious affiliation
                      Tim & Jean Yeakle 761-8048, Tom & Irene Edmunds 545-1123, 
                      Skip & Cris Over 243-4903, Mary O'Connor 303-0248

                      Camp Hill                 TCF Camp Hill Chapter      www.TCFCampHill.org
                      Church of the Good Shepherd, 3435 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011
                      4th Tuesday of each month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

                       Gettysburg               TCF Gettysburg Chapter 
                       Tom & Charmaine     642-9897
                       Trinity United Church of Christ, 60 E High Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325
                       4th Monday of each month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM