Published: 07/31/2013

Evangelical Hospice and Community Health Offers “Life After Loss” Group Support

Coping with the loss of a loved one is never easy and that’s why Evangelical Hospice and Community Health and 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 18 through October 23, from 1:30-3:30 pm at the Evangelical Community Health and Wellness Center, 7095 West Branch Highway, 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) 522-2955 by Friday, September 13, 2013.
 
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 Community Hospital received the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2013 for the fifth consecutive year, making it one of two hospitals in Pennsylvania to be recognized for consistent, positive patient experience.
 
Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 130 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.