Grief Reach: Rediscovering Family, Rediscovering Fun is a program open to the community, provided by the David Bradley Children’s Bereavement Program of Penn Wissahickon Hospice. It is specifically designed for families in the second and third years following the death of a loved one.
Participate in the Grief Reach Program
Families spent the afternoon on the farm with the Gateway Horseworks team, gaining a deeper self- understanding and bonding as families through unmounted activities with the horses.
The loss of loved one or a significant family member is often a game changer for young families. The process of grieving is unique to each member of a family but has an overall impact on the functioning of the family unit. The losses are many and families often struggle with reconnecting to the world and each other.
The Grief Reach Program is targeted to young families who are on that journey of discovering the new “normal” for their family. The goal of program is to create a safe environment for families to share in activities that encourage re-connection and creating new memories as a family. It provides an environment to engage in creativity, adventure and fun, while remembering their loved one.
Grief Reach events are offered to grieving families four times a year, free of charge.
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The Grief Reach group experienced the power of non-verbal communication and how drumming can be a powerful and safe vehicle for both telling your story and transformation. Each participant made a drum that they took home with them.
If you would like to learn more or participate in the Grief Reach Program, please contact Sarah.Abramovitz@uphs.upenn.edu.
Grief Reach Family Testimonials
"It was very encouraging and uplifting to connect with other families and share our different experiences in the healing process.” – Mother of a 15-year old
"We’ve enjoyed everything. Most of the activities were new to us and thoroughly enjoyed. Penn Wissahickon Hospices’ staff and volunteers were great. It is a great program. My kids and I appreciate all the work that Penn’s program staff put into each event” – Mother of a 7 and 12-year old
Families made a holiday meal, picking up a few cooking shortcuts along the way at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College.
Volunteer with the Grief Reach Program
Volunteers are integral part of the Grief Reach Program. Volunteers support at events, help in planning events, and fundraise to make the events possible.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Penn Wissahickon Hospice volunteer department at HCHSvolunteerservices@uphs.upenn.edu.