Excela, Saint Vincent, Seton Hill Team Up To Provide Grief Counseling For Children
Childhood and death shouldn’t go together, but they often do.
That stark reality is prompting a movement within Westmoreland County to increase services for children grieving the death of a loved one — whether from suicide, an opioid overdose or natural causes.
“Our community was in great need,” said Maureen Ceidro, an Excela Health bereavement counselor. “There’s a lot of hurting hearts out there.”
In the fall, Excela Health Home Care & Hospice will start a family-based grief support program called Neighborhood Kids, designed specifically to help bereaved people ages 5-19.
The children’s support groups will be held at Excela Latrobe Hospital, Behavioral Health Building, and will be scheduled according to age: Sept. 16-Oct. 7 (ages 5-9), Oct. 15-Nov. 5 (10-13), Nov. 11-Dec. 3 (14-19).
The program is the first of its kind in Westmoreland County and one of the first tangible things to come out of a partnership involving Excela Health, the Saint Vincent College Fred Rogers Center and the Seton Hill University art therapy department.
In November, the partnership unveiled the brochure “When Someone Your Child Loves Dies,” a guide to services for bereaved children. The brochure refers people to the Excela Health grief support groups and to the Highmark Caring Place, with locations in Cranberry, Pittsburgh, Erie and Harrisburg.Read More