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Grief Support


Our services do not end with the service at the funeral. Our funeral home sponsors a Bereavement Support Group that meets on the first Thursday of every month, January through November at St. Maurice Parish Center in Forest Hills, Pa. Jill (Henkel) Kazour, a professional counselor, provides this support to area folks. It is open to anyone who feels the need for even a little help, during this difficult time of grieving the death of a loved person. Call our funeral home at 412-824-8800 for more information.


Gentle Yoga for Those in Grief

Sponsored by Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home, Inc.

The program is designed to help those experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one to heal through the gentle movements and mindfulness of chair support yoga.

Sessions will be held at St. John Fisher Church in Beaufort Hall, 23 Lewin Lane, churchill, Pa. 15235. The sessions are held on 4 Fridays per month. On the 1st and 3rd Friday the sessions are from 12-1pm. On the 2nd and 4th Friday, they are from 6:30-7:30 pm. or just add this according to your taste.

The sessions are FREE and all are welcome.

Yoga Instructor Connie Tinsley can be reached at 412-443-4837 regarding questions or concerns about the program, or you can check her website: www.StayFitWithConnie.com. You can also call Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home at 412-824-8800.

The Joseph Wambaugh Library in East Pittsburgh has been established as a grief resource center with numerous book & other media on the subject of grief. There is also a section on children's grief literature.

The Caring Place
Dr. Coyne and our Bereavement Support group may not be the best place to seek help for children who are grieving the loss of a special person. The Caring Place is a special place for grieving children and adolescents and their families. It is located in the former Horne’s building on Stanwix St. in Downtown Pittsburgh. The Caring Place offers a program of support, understanding and caring with professional counselors and trained volunteers. For information call The Caring Place at 1-888-224-4673.

The late Fred Rogers, creator and host of Mister Rogers Neighborhood and former Honorary Chairman of The Caring Place, said at the dedication of The Caring Place:

“It is only natural that we and our children
find many things hard to talk about.

But anything human is mentionable and
Anything mentionable can be manageable.

The mentioning can be difficult, and the
Managing too, but both can be done
If we’re surrounded by love and trust.”

Compassionate Friends
Compassionate Friends is a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child.

Compassionate Friends is an international non-profit, self-help support organization which offers friendship and understanding to families who are grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause.

There is no religious affiliation. There are no membership fees or dues, and all bereaved family members are welcome.

For more information on the Pittsburgh Chapter, call 412-835-1105.

We offer bereavement services for the families we serve. In addition, we have provided some helpful grief support links below:

Crisis, Grief and Healing
Webhealing.com, the first interactive grief website on the internet, offers discussion boards, articles, book suggestions, and advice for men and women working through every aspect of grief. The site’s founder, Tom Golden LCSW, has provided book excerpts and contact information to help those healing from loss.

With nearly 50 internet support groups plus a wide range of online resources, GriefNet provides support for those dealing with all types of loss. Their companion site, kidsaid.com, helps children and their parents deal with grief and loss in an appropriate and safe environment.

Willowgreen offers support and information for those dealing with life transition & aging, illness & caregiving, loss & grief, and hope & spirituality.  The site offers advice, products, and inspirational materials.

Grief and Loss  
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) website contains a Grief & Loss section with grief-related articles and information.

Growth House  
Growth House is an award-winning website that offers international resources for life-threatening illnesses and end of life care. The site features hypertext topic pages that explain major issues across the spectrum of hospice and home care, palliative care, pain management, grief, death with dignity, and quality improvement. It also offers disease-specific guides, an online bookstore, and even their own radio station.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization  
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s website provides a host of information and resources for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury and their caregivers.

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