Free Bereavement Support Group Series At Geisinger Wyoming Valley

ST. JUDE’S SCHOOL OBSERVES FIRE PREVENTION WEEK-The PreKindergarten and Kindergarten students at St. Jude School observed Fire Prevention Week by having members of the Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department visit them. Every year, several of the volunteers give their time to educate the students about this important topic. They spoke to the students about the tools they use, the equipment they wear, having a place for family to gather, the importance of smoke detectors, and how they assist with traffic accidents and other emergency situations. The students are shown with a poster they presented to the firefighters signed by all of the PreKindergarten and Kindergarten students thanking them for coming. Kindergarten students, shown in front: Joseph Mayernik, Matthew Mascarenhas, Patrick Smith, Luis Ortiz, Jacob Kopko, Cayden Sartori, Anson Jumper, Alex Gordon, Rishi Patel, and Jordan Paulshock. Back: Brianna Burford and Stan Wychock, Wright Twp. Fire Dept; Martin Gronka, Christopher Herbener, Ellis Tammarine, Dylan Venesky, Pierce Sparich, Hayley Keiser, Alexis Panzik, Abbey Krupa, Kyra Chepolis, Victoria White, Evelyn Bassett, and Dan Gutkowski, Wright Twp. Fire Dept.

When a loved one dies, a bereavement support group offers many healing benefits, from coping mechanisms and emotional connections with others to the release of powerful emotions. The Spiritual Care team at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) will host two free seven-week Living with Grief support groups each Wednesday, beginning November 6. Day sessions will be held 2 to 3:30 p. m. Evening sessions will be held from 6 to 7:30 p. m.

All sessions are held in the Spiritual Center at GWV, 1000 East Mountain Blvd. It is recommended that participants attend all sessions in the complete series to experience the full benefit of the group. The interactive sessions are confidential. Light refreshments will be served.

The topics and schedule are:

Process of Grief & Bereavement; An Overview

Caring for Yourself; Recognizing

Emotion & Types of Grief

Wednesday, November 13, 2 –3:30 pm or 6 –7:30 pm

Re-Socialization; Coping with Special Events

Wednesday, November 20, 2 –3:30 pm or 6 –7:30 pm

Guilt & Depression; Facing Emptiness

Wednesday, November 27, 2 –3:30 pm or 6 –7:30 pm


Wednesday, December 4, 2 –3:30 pm or 6 –7:30 pm

How to Keep Growing; Spirituality

Wednesday, December 11, 2 –3:30 pm or 6 –7:30 pm

Memorial Service

Wednesday, December 18, 6 –7:30 pm only

Kathleen Kaskel, R. N., and Chaplain Bob Thomas will facilitate the sessions. Kaskel has served as a chaplain at GWV for five years, drawing insight from years of nursing service in various hospitals, intensive care units and nursing homes. Thomas is a minister and certified bereavement counselor and has served as a chaplain at GWV for nearly two years.

If you are interested in attending either the day or evening series of Geisinger’s Living with Grief support group, please call the Spiritual Care department at 570-808-5539.