There are many compassionate, caring people in the Lehigh Valley — people who have walked in your shoes and know how to help. Take advantage of these resources whenever you are ready.
If you want to find a grief counselor, the best recommendation will probably come from someone you trust who has had a good counseling experience. The Ashton Funeral Home can offer assistance and recommendations. Your personal physician, crisis intervention centers, family service agencies, and hospitals can all give you a referral. Local hospice centers often have counselors on staff. You can also contact self-help bereavement groups for a list of counselors.
The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again.
—Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friends
Ryan’s Tree is a guided peer support program for children and adolescents grieving the loss of a family member or friend. Founded on the belief that young people grieve in their own way, staff and trained volunteers provide support in a nurturing environment to promote healing of children and teens affected by death. A service of St. Luke’s Hospital.
Established in 1916, and carrying on a tradition of rich health care expertise, Easton Hospital Home Health & Hospice Services employs dedicated, highly skilled professionals to guide, support and assist you and your family through a terminal illness. A local agency, they offer quality care with the personal touch that only a good friend or neighbor can provide.
Hospice provides patients and their families with compassionate end-of-life care. The focus is on care, not cure, and on quality and value of life, not the length. In most cases, care is provided in the patient’s own home. Hospice uses palliative care — controlling pain and lessening the symptoms of the disease — so that patients can live as comfortably as possible. Support is provided to loved ones, as well.
Please note that the links and services provided in our Grief and Healing section are for your benefit, and do not constitute unconditional endorsement by the Ashton Funeral Home, either expressed or implied, of the information, products or services listed.