Published: 08/12/2014

Evangelical Hospice Offers “Life After Loss” Educational Series

Coping with the loss of a loved one is never easy and that’s why Evangelical Hospice and Community Health Wellness are offering a six-week educational bereavement group called, “Life After Loss.” The program will help participants learn coping techniques to deal with grief and loss - attendance at all six classes is strongly encouraged. Anyone age 18 or older who has experienced the loss of a loved one is invited to attend. Facilitated by Christine Gessner, MSW, of Evangelical Hospice, the program is most effective for those who have been living with loss for longer than six months.

The program is being held Wednesdays, starting September 17 through October 22, from 1:30-3:30 pm at the Evangelical Hospice Office Building located at 130 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, for a one-time fee of $20 per participant. Pre-registration is requested and the program requires a minimum of six participants to be held and is limited to 20 participants. To register, call Hospice at 570-522-2157 by Friday, September 12, 2014.

The sessions by week cover the following topics: introductions and loss history, the normal grief process, depression and anger, guilt and forgiveness, letting go and saying goodbye, and taking care of yourself: new beginnings.

Evangelical Community Hospital’s Hospice program takes care of the emotional and spiritual needs of the hospice patient and family members, offering support even after the patient’s passing. The comprehensive program helps patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families make the most of the time they have left together. This is made possible through nurses who are solely dedicated to the specialty of end of life care. Hospice’s philosophy of care emphasizes symptom management and adding quality of life to each day.

Evangelical Hospice has been caring for and serving patients and their loved ones with Hospice services for 25 years. For more information about Evangelical Hospice and the many facets of care visit www.evanhospital.com/services/hospice.

Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,460 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming Counties.