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, tapes, 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. (Click here for a list). Many people prefer the anonymity of the Internet for their questions and chats. There are many excellent websites to assist you. (Click here to view).
In December, 2002, Regina Giannone-Tyler 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 is completing 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 Children
-A parents' guide to helping children understand and cope when
someone dies. With crises intervention guide.
Someone Special Died
-A young boy expresses his feelings and deals with his loss after the
death of a close freind.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS
2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM
Brandywine Baptist Church
7 Mt. Lebanon Rd. Wilmington DE 19803
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Parents Support Group,
meets 7:30 pm, last Tuesday of the month,
library at the Ronald McDonald House,
1901 Rockland Road, Wilmington.
Supporting (KIDDS) Kids involved in Death,
Divorce and Separation, for age 3 to 18 and parents.
Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church,
850 Mt. Lebanon Rd., Talleyville.
When a Parent Dies, for any adult grieving the death of a parent,
7:30 to 8 pm, first Tuesday of the month,
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, Fairfax.
Professionally facilitated. Call 478-2204, 478-7100, or 656-0711.
Widows and Widowers, New Social Club,
8 pm, third Friday, St. Phillips Lutheran Church,
4501 Kirkwood Highway, near Limestone Rd
Call 239-7037 or 733-0544.
Widowed Person Service, monthly meetings for widows and widowers.
Run through the American Association of Retired Persons and trained
volunteers in Millsboro, Milford, Seaford, Greenwood and Georgetown.
You Are Not Alone, bereavement support group,
1 pm, Wednesdays, Catholic Charities,
Fourth St. and Greenhill Ave., Wilmington.