News and Events
Serving Families in Indiana County,
and portions of Armstrong, Jefferson, and Westmoreland Counties
728 Church Street~~ P.O. Box 225~~ Indiana, PA 15701
724.349.3888 or toll free 1-877-349-3888
Once you choose hope, anything is possible.
In what ways can Hopeful Hearts help grieving family members?
Statistics show that one in 20 children will lose a parent before his or her 18th birthday. When a loved one dies, children experience two types of loss: primary and secondary. Primary loss is the actual physical loss of a person. Secondary loss involves:
* Loss & change of self - impacting identity and self-confidence.
* Loss & change of security - impacting emotional and physical health.
* Loss and change of meaning - sense of loss of goals and dreams
Both children and adults do the best in coping with grief with the support of family and peers. Hopeful Hearts peer support program addresses the unique grieving process that each individual goes through.
6:00 Families meet for a light meal and fellowship
6:45 Group sessions
7:45 Closing Circle
Family Session Nights Agenda
Grieving family members meet every other week in age-appropriate support groups led by trained volunteers who help them through the grieving process.
Evenings begin with families gathering for a light meal and conversation. Then it's time for small groups. During this time, the children participate in activities that allow them to share their experiences, feelings, and memories of the person who has died.
Parents and guardians also meet and share their experiences and support each other in helping their children cope with the death.
Center of Hope for Grieving Children,Adolescents & Their Families
The mission of Hopeful Hearts is to improve the lives of grieving children and their families by providing support in a safe and caring environment where all are welcome, and where families can grow through the healing process.
"Hopeful Hearts,Inc. envisions being a premier provider of child and family bereavement support and education."
Family Session Nights
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Every Other Tuesday
Fall 2012 Sessions Spring 2013 Sessions
September 25 February 5 and 19
October 9 and 23 March 5 and 19
November 6 and 27 April 2, 16 and 30
December 11 May 14 and 28
January 8 and 22
2012 - 2013
Family sessions are held in Grace United Methodist Church, 7th and Church Streets, Indiana, PA 15701 (2nd floor).
Enter through the back parking lot door.
August 15th 7:00-8:00pm
August 28th 7:00-8:00pm
September 3rd 5-9pm
September 5th 5-9pm
September 7th 10am-4pm
September 10th 5-9pm
September 12th 5-9pm
Children's Grief Awareness Day
November 21, 2013
Hopeful Hearts Honors Volunteers