The Center for Loss and Bereavement is continuing to offer services throughout this public health crisis.
This current COVID19 public health crisis has our attention and will continue to, while our work supporting those who are grieving and in our care remains a top priority. We are doing everything possible to safely maintain accessibility and availability of our staff and volunteers to support our clients’ needs through this time, with careful, special attention to the anxiety and threat of loss that our entire community is currently facing.
We respect the need for social distancing practices for the safety of our clients, staff, and the entire community. All of our employees are sheltering in place and have abided with the local, state, and federal guidelines in addressing this pandemic. We have enabled HIPPA compliant online access for our therapists to conduct sessions, and are also able to offer remote group programming via Zoom software, as needed. We have reached out to all of our counseling and group participants and are assessing their needs and ability to receive our on-going support through this time, and we are continuing to welcome new therapy clients and requests for peer support groups.
The wellbeing, safety, and mental health needs of our community are at the heart of our entire mission and programming. As long as our staff remains healthy and our organization can serve those specifically affected by this crisis, we are prepared to meet the additional unique and growing needs related to this pandemic through the following programming:
COVID19-RELATED MENTAL HEALTH THERAPY, SUPPORT GROUPS, & TRAINING
During and after this COVID19 pandemic, our counselors, support group facilitators, and professional trainers are positioned to address the many unique and traumatic features of grief that may be experienced by individuals, families, and organizations in our community. Our therapists’ training and experience in complex, traumatic grief provide us the needed perspective to offer specialized treatment and support for those confronting death, dying, and real or threatened loss of health/status. Our peer support groups and grief education programs are professionally facilitated by staff members with extensive backgrounds in mental health, family/systems care, and thanatology studies. With this expertise and unique scope in programming, we hope to have the capacity to offer additional services to:
– those who have been critically ill with COVID19 and confronted their own dying, and may have recovered with subsequent health losses and/or traumatic memories/stress
– the loved ones and companions who will have experienced another’s illness, either in-home or from afar, and been confronted with another’s life-threatening conditions and isolating factors of quarantine, in addition to the potential loss of life.
– those having confronted cumulative losses and risk to personal safety with exposure to the front lines of the healthcare system – for medical staff and first responders who may carry experiences and memories confronting death and dying that are traumatic and overwhelming
As this pandemic evolves in our area and people are affected in various ways, we hope to be here and able to offer our support. Please reach out to us with any further questions related to our service options and your healthcare needs. We remain dedicated to our mission and are continuing to do all we can to safely support the needs of our community.
firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-222-4110 x102
While our services are being offered virtually through telehealth currently, our service area for counseling and peer support groups primarily includes community residents of Southeastern PA (the Greater Philadelphia area). Our education and awareness efforts reach far beyond this area, but we look forward to the time when we will be able to meet with our direct service clients in our offices again, and therefore we are limiting our clients’ location to regional/local areas at this time. If you are out of our area but would like support finding resources in your state/region, we can assist you finding contacts through our national networks of grief service providers.
In these trying times, we want you to know that we are thinking of you. Thanks to our amazing volunteers, staff, and board members for sharing their creative ideas to help #inspirehope