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Dealing with grief is not something you and/or your family must do alone. There are many support groups and agencies in the community to help you through what can be a difficult time.

Below are some of the organizations that offer grief support for adults, children, and widows/widowers. Support groups are also listed for those dealing with the death of a child, perinatal loss, or post abortion, as well as a loss through suicide, cancer or the loss of a pet.

If you need further support or information, please call us at (717) 851-3594.


Grief Support for Adults

Avenues
800-889-1098 or 717-782-2300
Pinnacle Health Hospice, Harrisburg

Bereavement Resource Center
717-851-3594
WellSpan York Hospital

Bereavement and Grief Program
717-843-5011
Jewish Family Services, York

Families of Homicide Victims Support Group
717-854-3131 or hotline at 800-422-3204

Family Service Partners
717-845-6624
York

Grief Recovery Outreach (Kenworthy Funeral Home)
717-637-6259
St. Mark Lutheran Church, Hanover

GriefShare Chapter in York County
717-848-4293, x121
Living Word Community Church, Red Lion

Grief and Support Group at The Brethren Home Community
888-273-0935 or 717-845-8599
Brethren Home Community, New Oxford

Grief Support Group (Hospice Preferred Choice)
888-273-0935 or 717-845-8599

Grief Support Group
717-334-1235
Gettysburg Presbyterian Church

Heartland Hospice - First Tuesdays
717-840-1002
Heartland Hospice, York

Heartland Hospice - Life Beyond Loss
717-840-1002
Manor Care South, York

Hospice of Hanover and Spring Grove
800-422-3197 or 717-637-1227 
VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove, Hanover

Hospice Services of York County
800-457-8351 or  717-846-9900 
VNA of York County

In Between (Support Group for Young Adults)
717-699-1133
Olivia's House, York

Journeys
800-889-1098 or 717-782-2300
Pinnacle Health Hospice, Harrisburg

Pathways
1-800-889-1098
Pinnacle Health Hospice, Harrisburg

Pathways Center for Grief & Loss
717-391-2413
Hospice & Community Care

Phoenix
717-334-6208
The Lutheran Home, Gettysburg

Tomorrow's Hope
717-741-2319 or 717-244-3789

Toward Peace
717-359-4497
Calvary Assembly of God, Hanover

VNA Hospice Bereavement Support Group
717-637-1227
Visiting Nurse Association, Hanover

White Rose Bereavement 
717-849-5642
Eastminster Presbyterian Church, York


Grief Support for Children

Camp Dragonfly (Ages 6 to 12)
1-800-889-1098 in Harrisburg area
Pinnacle Health Hospice

Camp Mend A Heart (Ages 6 to 13)
717-391-2413
Hospice & Community Care

Grief Support Group
717-632-5118

Olivia's House, A Grief and Loss Center for Children
717-699-1133
Olivia's House, York

Pathways Center for Grief & Loss
717-391-2413
Hospice & Community Care

TLC (Together Laughing and Crying)
1-800-889-1098 in Harrisburg area 
PinnacleHealth Hospice 


Grief Support for the Death of a Child

York, PA Chapter of The Compassionate Friends
717-292-6046
Zion United Methodist Church, York

Frederick, MD Chapter of The Compassionate Friends
301-662-5511 or 301-662-4413
Trinity United Methodist Church, Frederick, MD  

Infant Bereavement Services
800-673-2426, Ext 4653
Hanover Hospital, 3rd Floor, Meditation Room

Pathways Center for Grief & Loss
717-391-2413
Hospice & Community Care


Grief Support for Widows/Widowers

Bereavement Class
717-741-8100
York Cancer Center

Bridges
800-889-1098 or 717-782-2300
Pinnacle Health Hospice, Harrisburg

New Beginnings
717-993-6914
Stewartstown United Methodist Church

Surviving Spouses Socials
717-843-8991 or 717-812-1413
Faith United Church of Christ, York

They Help Each Other Spiritually (THEOS) York, PA Chapter
717-846-0180
Bethany United Methodist Church, York

Widows Support Group
717-757-1887 or 717-755-8712
Yorkshire United Methodist Church, York


Grief Support for Perinatal Loss

EMPTY ARMS (Perinatal Loss Support Group)
717-870-0369
Apple Hill Medical Center, York

MISS - Baltimore, MD Chapter 
443-849-2079 or 443-849-2308
Physicians Pavilion West, 
Gyn Conference Room, 3rd  Level, 
Greater Baltimore Medical Center

MISS - Westminster, MD Chapter 
410-833-2592 or 443-677-5904
Church of the Brethren, Westminster, MD

RTS - Resolve Through Sharing 
717-851-3594
WellSpan York Hospital

SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc.
Lancaster, PA Chapter 
717-396-9613 or 717-291-7319
Lancaster General Health Campus, Lancaster

SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc
Mechanicsburg, PA Chapter 
717-691-0943 or 717-558-9691
Seidle Hospital, Mechanicsburg


Post Abortion Support Groups

Conquerors Post Abortion Support Group
717-846-2384
Human Life Services, York


Suicide Support Groups

S.O.S. Support Group (Survivors of Suicide)
717-633-1227
St. Mark Lutheran Church, Hanover


Cancer Support Groups

Annual Memorial Service
717-741- 8100
A service held for families and friends of deceased cancer patients throughout the previous year.

Bereavement Support Group
849-5642
White Rose Hospice

Windows Through Grief
717-741-8100
Apple Hill Medical Center, York


Pet Loss Support Group

PetFriends Grief Counselor
www.petloss.com


Books for Children About Death & Grief

We do not always understand death ourselves, so explaining it to a child can be challenging.  Below is a list of books that may help you work through this sometimes difficult and sensitive topic.

If you need further support or information, please call us at (717) 851-3467.

  • Boulden, J. (1989). Saying Goodbye. Santa Rosa, CA:  Author.
  • Brown, M.W. (1958). The Dead Bird. Reading, MA:  Addison-Wesley.
  • Buscaglia, L. (1982) The Fall of Freddie the Leaf:  A Storm of Life for All Ages. Thorofare, NJ:  Slack. All ages.
  • Calstrom, N.W. (1990) Blow Me a Kiss Miss Lilly. Harper & Row. Ages 4-8.
  • Clardy, A.F. (1984) Dusty Was My Friend:  Coming to Terms with Loss. New York:  Human Sciences.
  • Clifton, L. (1983) Everett Anderson's Goodbye. NY:  Henry Holt & Co. Ages 5-12
  • DePaula, T. (1973) Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs. NY:  G.P. Putnam's Sons. Ages 4-9.
  • Dodge, N.C. (1984) Thumpy's Story: A Story of Love Shared by Thumpy, the Bunny. Springfield, IL:  Prairie Press (P.O. Box 699B, 62705).
  • Hammond, J.M. (1980) When My Mommy Died. Ann Arbor, MI:  Cranbrook Publishing Co.
  • Hammond, J.M. (1981) When My Dad Dies: A Child's View of Death. Ann Arbor, MI:  Cranbrook Publishing Co.
  • Hazen, S. (1985) Why Did Grandpa Die? Golden Brook. Racine, WI:  Western Publishing Co.
  • Heegard, M.E. (1986) When Someone Very Special Dies. Minneapolis:  Woodland Press (99 Woodland Circle, 55424).
  • Herriot, J. (1986) The Christmas Kitten. NY:  St. Martin's Press.
  • Krementz, K. How It Feels When a Parent Dies. NY:  Alfred Knopf. Ages 7-16.
  • LeShan, E. (1976) Learning to Say Goodbye When a Parent Dies. NY:  Macmillen.
  • Madler, T. (1980) Why Did Grandma Die? Milwaukee:  Raintree Children's Books.
  • Maple, M. (1992) On The Wings of a Butterfly.
  • Mellonie, B. and Ingpen, R. (1983) Lifetimes. NY:  Bantam Books. Ages 3-10.
  • Munsch, R. Love You Forever. Firefly Books.
  • Nunn, R.O. Tom's Remembrance. Westphalia Press.
  • O'Toole, D. (1988) Aarby Aardvark Finds Hope. Burnsville, NC:  Mountain Rainbow Publications. All ages.
  • Powell, E.S. (1990) Geranium Morning. Minneapolis:  Carolrhoda Books.
  • Prestine, J.S. (1987) Someone Special Died. Los Angeles:  Price, Stern and Sloan.
  • Richter, E. (1986) Losing Someone You Love: When a Brother or Sister Dies. NY:  G.P. Putnam's Sons.
  • Romond, J.L. (1989) Children Facing Grief: Letters from Bereaved Brothers and Sisters. St. Meinrad, IN:  Abbey Press.