Grief Support Programs
What is Grief Support?
Grief comes naturally as a part of loss. People often feel alone and isolated in their grief; however, one need not grieve alone. Many resources are available to help with grief and make its presence and passage meaningful and actually rewarding.
"The experience of grief is powerful. So, too, is your ability to help yourself heal. In doing the work of grieving, you are moving toward a renewed sense of meaning and purpose in your life."
Dr. Alan D. Wofeldt
Center for Loss and Life Transitions
What we offer
Andrew D. Ferguson Funeral Home's Continual-Care Program offers support for families of all faiths to help before, during, and after the loss of a loved one.
- Online Links connect you to resources online which can help with understanding grief
- Our Grief Lending Library is comprised of over 100 books, video tapes, and pamphlets dealing with grief, grief resolution, death, and the trauma that surrounds this emotional time in one's life. Materials may be borrowed at any time.
- Our On-staff Grief Specialist can assist in selecting materials and programs appropriate to family members' and friends' unique situations.
- Our comprehensive Outreach Program includes two Grief Support Groups,
Stepping Stones Bereavement Group
and Heal One's Grief Wounds Support Group, as well as speakers on various funeral related topics.
- We participate in the Living Tree Memorial Service, a helpful way to people to cope with grief and build new life from loss.
- We have full time telephone support and we offer newsletters and educational seminars to further assist those suffering through loss.
Please contact the Ferguson Funeral Home for any questions regarding grief support or bereavement group meetings. There is absolutely no obligation.
Bereavement groups can help
Those suffering grief often need to reach out and share their feelings, to make sense of what has happened, and to begin rebuilding their lives. Andrew D. Ferguson III helps host the Uniontown Area Bereavement Support Group's meetings and encourages those dealing with grief to attend. Many different aspects of grief are covered, and there is always time for people to voice their feelings. Here's an example.
GRIEF IS HARD WORK
Few people think of grieving a loss as hard work. Most people who have experienced the death of a loved one feel tremendous fatigue at times in the grief process. And the reason is that grief is hard work, relentless work, constant work.
When we do housecleaning or work in our garden or do our work on the job, we can usually take a break when we feel the need. We step back, walk around a little, change our focus for a moment, or just relax. But, with grief and sorrow, there are no breaks. The loneliness is always there; there are no breaks. The loss is present, if only in our subconscious. The hurt waxes and wanes but never really leaves. No breaks. No time-outs. Just constant and hard work. And, of course, that is fatiguing to anyone.
The work must be done. No one can escape it. But the good news is that those who are hard at work in grief can share their burden and lessen their load.
-From the Uniontown Area Bereavement Group's "Stepping Stones", adapted from an article by Pastor Carl Krueger.
Online Grief Support
Try these links for more grief support.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like information on local programs or on borrowing materials from our library.
ials from our library.