The grieving process can sometimes be delayed due to the overwhelming number of decisions necessary in the days following the death of a family member. Often, the full impact of your loss is not realized until your family and friends have gone home and you are left alone.
But, remember please, that you are not alone. Our staff is eager and qualified to help you. There are several ways that we can assist you through this difficult time. The Memory Store at our Limestone Road facility (click here for directions) has many books, and CD’s concerning bereavement. The topics are varied– loss of a parent, loss of a child, explaining death to a teenager, even how to cope with the death of a beloved pet. The Memory Store is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 4 PM or by appointment.
In New Castle County, we have several excellent support groups to help you no matter what the circumstances of your loss. Many people prefer the anonymity of the Internet for their questions and chats. There are many excellent websites and local groups to assist you. (Click here to view).
In December, 2002, Dr. Regina Giannone-Tyler, EdD, joined the Mealey Funeral Homes in 2003 as the Bereavement Counselor and Community Liaison. She earned her graduate degree in Psychology and Theology from Neumann College in 1990 and has been helping families cope with loss and grief issues. Regina is a fulltime employee in admissions at Wilmington University where she has been teaching courses in Psychology since 1999. She completed her doctorate degree in higher education at Wilmington University. Regina can often be found doing public speaking, in-service training, and supplying educational material for professional, educational and volunteer groups. Mother of two adult daughters, Regina resides in Wilmington with her husband, George and enjoys her three beloved grandchildren.
Helping Children Cope with Grief
Alan Wolfelt, Ph. D.
-Many references for parents teachers and couselors
Books to Help Children Cope with Separation and Loss
J. Bernstein (1977)
On Death and Dying
E. Kubler - Ross (1969)
-A classic regarding stages of death and dying
How to Tell ChildrenBy Don Schaefer - A parent's guide to helping children understand and cope when someone dies. With crisis intervention guide.
Someone Special Died
-A young boy expresses his feelings and deals with his loss after the
death of a close freind. -Ages 5-10
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS
2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM
Brandywine Baptist Church, 7 Mt. Lebanon Rd. Wilmington DE 19803
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, Fairfax.
Professionally facilitated. Call 302-478-2575 Bereavement Support Agency - Catholic Charities, Fourth St. & Greenhill Ave., Wilmington One on One Counselinig, Call 302-654-6473 Healing Pathways Support Group- Supporting Kidds 1213 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707, (302) 235-5544, (302) 235-2672 (fax)
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.supportingkidds.org
Hope Program – Delaware Hospice
16 Polly Drummond Center, Newark, DE 19711 Statewide: 1(855)672-2200, toll-free number
The Cancer Support Community
New Castle County: 4810 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807 CALL: (302) 995-2850
Grief Support Group with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care (302) 533-3800
Holds groups at: Newark Senior Center, 200 White Chapel Road, Newark, DE
Every second and fourth Wednesdays from 10:30 am- 11:30 am.
Support Group at Christ the Teacher Catholic School
Christ the Teacher Catholic School (St Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church) 2431 Frazier Road,
Newark, DE CALL (302) 738-5126
Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Infant Death, Infertility
Loving Arms Parent Support Group
Christiana Care Health System (CCHS) (302) 733-4367, CCHS bereavement line
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard, 1530 Foulk Road, Brandywine Hundred, DE CALL(302) 478-3030