Support groups are offered in Carbon, Lehigh and Bucks counties. Topics vary from week-to-week and are determined by the needs and concerns of individuals attending the group. Most groups require pre-registration.
Loss, Grief & Life Transition Support Group
This group runs for six consecutive weeks and a commitment to attend all six weeks is expected in order to create a cohesive group experience for all participants. Each week the discussion focuses on bereavement-related topics as well as personal concerns of group members.
- 1941 Hamilton Street, Allentown.
- First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem.
- Hospice House, 2455 Black River Road, Bethlehem.
- 777 Blakeslee Boulevard, Lehighton.
- 1021 Park Avenue, Quakertown.
“What's Next” in Bereavement Support Group
Recognizing that grief is an on-going journey, one that continually asks us to adapt to change, this group explores issues pertinent to the group participants who have registered. The agenda is set the first week of meeting and relevant topics are explored throughout the session. This occasionally is offered to people who have completed the St. Luke's Loss, Grief & Life Transition support group (see above).
Loss, Grief & Books to Help You Cope
Our book discussion group encourages learning and reflection for people whose coping style is more cognitive in nature. The book club meets one time per month at Barnes & Noble at the Promenade Shops in Center Valley.
"Walking Through Grief" Support Group
Walking Through Grief focuses on understanding the connection between emotional grief and grief in the body and the importance of releasing related tension and pain. The walk is intended to allow us to emotionally and socially support each other in our grief and to provide an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of gentle exercise as we walk and discuss specific bereavement-related topics that will vary from week to week. Participants need to be able to manage a gentle pace for 30 minutes on paved walking trails.
For Children & Teens
Ryan's Tree for Grieving Children
(This program is temporarily suspended. Please contact Krista Malone at 610-997-7132 for additional details or assistance.)
Ryan's Tree is a guided, peer-support group for children and adolescents grieving the loss of a family member or friend.
The Ryan's Tree program promotes a healthy community, better coping skills and improved relationships for participants through the expression of feelings, thoughts and memories using discussion, art, music, play, physical release activities and digital storytelling.
Ryan's Tree is offered in a variety of formats. Sessions are conveniently located throughout the Lehigh Valley and Carbon-Schuylkill areas with no fees charged to participants. Children and teens are welcome to participate in as many sessions as necessary to receive the encouragement and support needed to grieve the loss of their loved one.
Ryan's Tree staff members are available to speak to your school, community or faith organization on topics related to loss as experiences by children and adolescents.
For more information, visit Ryan's Tree.