Hospice, VHCC schedule grief support group


VERSAILLES — A grief support group will be held at the Versailles Health Care Center June 16 at the facility, 200 Marker Road in Versailles. The session is called “Emotions and Grief” and is a joint effort of the health care center and State of the Heart Hospice.

The evening session is from 6:30 to 7:30,and it is free and open to the public.

The grief support group is part of a series of grief support meetings sponsored by the Versailles Health Care Center and State of the Heart. The two agencies started the series in 2014 and have held several sessions, each one touching on a different facet of grief.

State of the Heart cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. The agency provides grief support to families and is recognized as the area’s authority on grief support. Meredith Carpe, a Licensed Social Worker with State of the Heart who has bereavement experience will facilitate the session.

Jackie McEldowney, a licensed social worker at Versailles Health Care Center, said the series was the first such collaborative venture by the care center.

“We were thinking about people who have no one to turn to when they are dealing with the loss of a loved one. We encourage anyone needing help dealing with grief to attend the free session,” said McEldowney, who will be present at the session.

The two health care providers also did a special support group at the holidays to help those dealing with loss during the holiday period.

Registration to attend is required. A person need not have any association with hospice care or the care facility in order to attend. Call McEldowney at 937-526-5570 to register.