Lights of Love 2023 Invites You to "Shine a Special Light" for Loved One
The joy of the holiday season can be marked by sadness for those with loved ones who have passed away. Remembering our loved ones and including them in our observances keeps them alive in our hearts and celebrates their legacy that continues to live on.
Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program Observes Children’s Grief Awareness Month in November, Invites Participation
11/1/2023 In recognition of Children's Grief Awareness Month this November, the Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program is joining other members of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief to "flip the script" on grief. Throughout the month, we are collectively committed to providing essential tools and resources aimed at fostering a more grief-informed society. This initiative seeks to address the common challenges people face when supporting those who are grieving, aiming to replace potentially hurtful statements or silence with comforting and constructive responses. Additionally, the Healing Patch invites the community to get involved by wearing blue on Children’s Grief Awareness Day, Nov. 16.
Family Hospice offers free webinar with world-renowned grief expert Dr. Alan Wolfelt on Nov. 29
10/3/2023 Family Hospice, Part of UPMC, is pleased to offer a live webinar featuring world-renowned author and grief educator, Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Offered in partnership with Stevens Family Funeral Home, this webinar is titled “Understanding Your Grief: Touchstones for Hope and Healing” and will be held on Wed., Nov. 29 from 5-8 p.m. at UPMC Altoona. A virtual option is also available.
Family Hospice Offers Fall Grief Support Groups
8/8/2023 Family Hospice, Part of UPMC, is offering free grief support options this fall throughout West Central Pennsylvania.
2023 Mercedes Moment Winner Announced
5/26/2023 Robert Brandt held the winning number – 791 – for Home Nursing Agency Foundation’s Mercedes Moment fundraiser held on May 25.
Decades Club Raffle Drawing and Evening of Dancing to Benefit the Healing Patch on Sept. 30
4/14/2023 Join us for an evening of prizes and music to benefit grieving children and their families! The Decades Club will be held at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona on Saturday, September 30.
A Special Thank You to Our Volunteers!
4/12/2023 April is Volunteer Recognition Month! We are grateful for the commitment of those who volunteer with the Healing Patch Children's Grief Program and Family Hospice.
Nicholas Foreman Memorial Benefit Raises Nearly $9,500 for Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program
3/21/2023 After losing her son Nicholas unexpectedly last March, Dena (Foreman) Karabinos wanted to honor his life and make a difference. The first annual Nicholas Foreman Memorial Benefit Pool Tournament on Feb. 11 at the Shovel Head Tavern in Cresson raised nearly $9,500 to benefit the Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program.
Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program to Host Free Training on Supporting Children after Overdose Loss
2/9/2023 As the number of families impacted by overdose death continues to grow, the Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program is hosting a free in-person training on how to support these grieving children and families on Tues., March 21 from 1-4:30 p.m. at the UPMC Home Healthcare office, 20 Sheraton Dr., Altoona. The training will include the National Alliance for Children’s Grief live webcast on “Supporting Children and Families Following an Overdose Death” with a Q&A to follow.