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United Hospital Center's Outpatient Diabetes Education Program conducts Diabetes Support Group meetings that cover issues such as meal planning, insulin, exercise, stress, involving the family and more. Call (681) 342-1862 for an agenda or to be placed on the mailing list to receive flyers for meetings.

Grief-related Support Groups 
(for those who have lost a loved one)

The People's Hospice staff coordinates two (2) support groups to help individuals/families who have lost a loved one. The support groups are available not only to those who have lost a loved one as a result of a terminal illness, but to anyone seeking support. This service is available to anyone regardless of their past or present use of hospice services.

The support group helps individuals overcome grief by:

  • Making available a trusted and compassionate person to listen to your concerns.
  • Providing education about the grief process and what you might expect to happen during your period of bereavement.
  • Teaching you new ways to cope with the stress of loss and grief.
  • Providing help in becoming involved in a new life - seeking out new support persons, groups, and activities.
  • Simply knowing someone is available during time of need.
  • Support group participants are encouraged to become involved by:
  1. Sharing thoughts and ideas out loud. This can often help gain a better perspective about the meaning and effect of the loss.
  2. Discussing painful feelings such as despair, anger or guilt as a way to reduce the intensity of those feelings.
  3. Reminiscing about their loved one in order to help gain a better perspective on the relationship they shared.
  4. Discussing the changes they are experiencing in their life. This may ease the transition to a new beginning.

Grief support group meets in the People's Hospice office. This is a varied group of participants.

A grief support group for widows & widowers also meets in the People's Hospice office at UHC.

For more information and to register, call People's Hospice at (304) 624-2424 and ask for the bereavement counselor.

Grief-related Support Groups
(for those who have lost†a child)

The death of a baby during pregnancy or at birth is one of the most painful experiences that can happen to a family.† Feelings of grief are often hard to deal with. Sometimes we need to share and know someone else understands what we are experiencing. United Hospital Center's bereavement support group for parents who have†experienced†a†pregnancy†or†infant†loss†is†called Embracing Invisible Wings.† The meetings†are†on†the†third†Thursday†of†the†month,†for further information please contact Lee Ann Romeo, RN, at (681) 342-4346.

UHC Breast Cancer Support Group

United Hospital Center would like to welcome you to our breast cancer support group for survivors called Butterfly Kiss Support Group.† The Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center wants to assure you that you are not alone; you have come to the right place for support, information and understanding.

This is an informal gathering for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer. The focus of this meeting is to provide education, support and to share information and experiences.

Meetings will be held monthly on every third Monday at 5:30 p.m., in classroom four. Refreshments will be served.†If you are interested in joining to share your feelings, concerns and any questions you may have with others, please call to register at (681) 342-1810. †

UHC Care Givers Support Group

United Hospital Center would like to welcome you to our Care Givers Support Group. Caring for a loved one can be stressful and challenging. Finding out a loved one has cancer can be overwhelming. The Cecil B. Highland, Jr., & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at UHC now offers a Care Givers Support Group to help patientsí families tackle the challenges of caring for someone with cancer.

This face-to-face support group provides an opportunity to take a break from your responsibilities and nurture your emotional and physical health. The purpose is to provide a time and space for patients and family members to discuss feelings, concerns and attitudes in a caring atmosphere.

The group will be facilitated by Gretchen Hennigan,†RN†and other members of the UHC care team. Call for more information at 681-342-1793. The support group meetings will be the last Thursday of each month at noon.



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