What is grief? It is the normal response of sorrow, emotion, and confusion that comes from losing someone or something important to you. Grief lasts as long as it takes you to accept your loss or live with your loss.
The “Take My Hand” Bereavement Support Group was formed to meet the needs of the bereaved in the Mon Valley area. If offers all those who mourn the opportunity to share their loss, get assistance in the hard work of the grief process, and get support with gaining new direction in their lives. At each meeting, participants support each other emotionally, share information and concerns, or learn from guest speakers how, together, each can find his or her own strengths to go on with a new life.
The bereavement support group is sponsored by Amedisys Hospice and is made possible by the cooperation of health care professionals and caring volunteers. Participants report that it is beneficial to the grief process to have support from people who have suffered a similar loss. The meetings are open to men and women whose common bond is grief following a significant loss.
There is no charge to attend the meetings. Meetings are held in the morning and evening to accommodate people who are working during the day or do not want to drive at night. Meetings are held year-round.
The morning meetings have moved from the Monongahela public library to the Church of the Nazarene at 10th St. in Monongahela. Meeting time is the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
Evening meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Parlor located at 609 Chess Street, Monongahela.
As part of the bereavement process, Amedisys Hospice also sponsors retreats and bereavement activities. If you have suffered a loss and would like more information, please contact Pamela Ridge at 724-483-4109 or Maureen Lusk at 724-518-9766.