Support Groups

support groups

The death of a loved one can be a traumatic experience physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually. Bereavement support groups offer a comfortable setting where a person who has experienced a loss can find caring, comfort, support and information in a confidential atmosphere. Contact our Hospice office at 1-800-841-9397 for more information on bereavement support.

Adult Bereavement Support Group

A bereavement support group meeting for adults is held on the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM at the Community Nurses St. Marys office, located in the “757” building, behind Pinecrest Manor, on the campus of Penn Highlands Elk.

A special Holiday Bereavement Workshop is held each November to help those who are grieving through the holiday season.

No reservation is necessary for the support group meetings. You are welcome to bring a friend.

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Camp Flutterbye offers a variety of activities for children and teens grieving a loss

Camp Flutterbye: Support for Children and Teens

Childhood grief left to itself can grow to become one of the most destructive adult burdens. Community Nurses offers a free two-day grief camp for children and teens, grades K-12, each summer. Camp Flutterbye is facilitated by bereavement professionals who provide an enjoyable and supportive environment where campers may freely express their feelings and learn new ways to cope.

Our 2017 camp will be held at The Pines in St. Marys on June 8 and June 9. There is no charge for camp. For more information on Camp Flutterbye please call us at 814-781-4722 or 1-800-841-9397.

Camp Flutterbye Application Form 2017
Camp Flutterbye Information Flyer

Camp Flutterbye Holiday Grief Camp for Children & Teens, K-12

Our free holiday bereavement camp for children and teens who have experienced a loss through death to help them through the holidays will be held on November 11, 2017.  The camp will be held  at "The Pines" in St. Marys.  

Holiday Camp Flutterbye Application Form 2017
Holiday Camp Flutterbye Information Flyer


Grief Information from NHPCO 

For helpful information on many aspects of grieving from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization click here, Grief Resources.