Good News from Grantees - MWHC Grief Support Services
June 12, 2018
When she passed away, Elsie Wheeler's will stiplulated that her estate -- and the estates of her two brothers who predeceased her -- would be used to support local nonprofits that were important to her. Each year, the Elsie, Carroll, and Willie Wheeler Hospice Support Care Fund provides general operating support to help people who are grieving as they adapt to life without their loved one.
Recently, Mary Washington Healthcare Grief Support Services used a grant from this fund to provide staff support for their new Survivors of Suicide Loss program. These support groups help those who are coping with the loss of a loved one by sharing information about the grieving process and ways to cope, supporting the sharing of grief and memories, and providing opportunities to join with others in the healing process.
In 2017, MWHC Grief Support Services hosted 250 support groups altogether, including sessions at eight public elementary and middle schools in Spotsylvania County. The school based programs provided an opportunity for surviving parents and family members to learn about grief support services. This increased participation in Family Expressions support groups and Teens Helping Teens support groups, too.