Adult Support

would like to thank Pathways for helping me move on and get through day to day struggles related to the deaths I have experienced in the last year – thank you!!” ~ Monika R.

Since each journey through grief is unique, we offer a broad spectrum of options for adults who are coping with the serious illness or death of a loved one. Many are available both in the daytime and evening.

As we are taking all necessary precautions for the health and safety of our patients and families, staff, volunteers and visitors related to the Coronavirus outbreak, our regularly scheduled adult Support Groups will be held virtually via Zoom. One-on-one counseling is also available via Zoom or by phone. Please call the Pathways Center at (717) 391-2413 or (800) 924-7610 to request the log-in address or phone number to participate via Zoom.

Access Online Grief Support

The Pathways Center for Grief & Loss offers online grief education 24/7 to meet you at your own time at your own place. The Want to Understand Your Grief videos provide education about the grief journey. Click here to access our online videos.

Individual Consultation

Many people feel reassured and affirmed about their grief experience after meeting individually with our counselors. If professional experience is needed beyond the scope of the services we offer, our staff can recommend additional support through local resources for specialized counseling services.

Coping with the Loss of a Loved One Due to Coronavirus

There are some unique aspects to losing a loved one due to the Coronavirus. This virtual support group held via Zoom provides a safe place for you to talk with others who are also grieving this type of loss. Contact the Pathways Center to request the log-in address or phone number.

  • Wednesday, July 15 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 19 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The Newly Bereaved Series and Adult Drop-In Support Groups groups will be held via Zoom through the end of August. Please call the Pathways Center at (717) 391-2413 or  (800) 924-7610 to request the log-in address or phone number to participate via Zoom.

Newly Bereaved Series

A three-part series is offered each month in Mount Joy and quarterly in York, for those whose loss was recent.

Adult Drop-In Support Groups

Each group offers a presentation on a variety of topics by a grief counselor, followed by time to talk with others who are grieving. Groups are designed for those within the first two years following the death of a loved one. Monthly adult support groups are available as follows:

Coping with the Loss of a Parent or Sibling

  • First Tuesday of each month, 6:30–8:00 p.m. at the Pathways Center

Coping with the Loss of a Companion/Spouse

  • Third Tuesday of each month, 2:00–3:30 p.m. at The Ann B. Barshinger Hospice Center,
    235 St. Charles Way, Suite 250, York
  • First Wednesday of each month, 6:30–8:00 p.m. at The Ann B. Barshinger Hospice Center, 235 St. Charles Way, Suite 250, York
  • Third Tuesday of each month, 6:30–8:00 p.m. at Hospice & Community Care,
    685 Good Drive, Lancaster
  • Fourth Tuesday of each month, 2:00–3:30 p.m. at the Pathways Center

Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP)

This free monthly group provides compassion and understanding for individuals who have had a loved one die as a result of substance abuse or addiction. The group is held the second Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at the Pathways Center. Pre-registration for new attendees is required. Contact Marjorie Paradise at mparadise810@comcast.net or (717) 951-2720.

This group will be held via Zoom through the end of August.

Growing Through Grief

This series, for individuals whose loss was at least nine months ago, explores ways of coping with life changes after the death of a loved one. Taught with both lecture and discussion, this six-week course is held for two hours each week in the spring and fall.

Coping with Sudden Loss

Occasional support options on Coping with Sudden Loss due to suicide, drug overdose, accidents, homicide or medical events are offered. These opportunities provide a safe place to share with others who also have questions and struggle with the shock and intense reactions associated with sudden traumatic losses.

Coping with the Holidays

Getting through the first or subsequent holiday seasons may be difficult after the death of a loved one. These sessions provide the opportunity to connect with others who are grieving and obtain support throughout the holiday season. Sessions are available in Lancaster and York.

Social Dine-Out Options

All dine-out options are cancelled through the end of August.

After the loss of a loved one, many find their social environment has changed. It may be difficult to know where or how to start socializing again. Hospice provides the following options to dine with others. Each participant pays for his/her own meal.

  • Ladies Lunch (for bereaved women)
    Second Tuesday of each month at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, 3604 E. Market Street, York. No registration needed. For more information, contact Fran Braun at (717) 872-7886.
  • Ladies Brunch (for bereaved women)
    Third Wednesday of each month Knight and Day Diner, 3140 Lititz Pike, Lititz. No registration needed. For more information, contact Marie Roach at (717) 392-8823. Please note that in March, this will be held at Garfield’s Restaurant, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Men’s Breakfast (for bereaved men)
    Fourth Tuesday of each month at the Centerville Diner, 100 S. Centerville Road, Lancaster. No registration is needed. For more information, contact Dan Farmer at (717) 898-7553.
  • Dinner Out (for bereaved men and women)
    Second Saturday of each month. Locations vary, and registration is required. For more information, contact Connie Whitacre at (717) 577-1138 or connie@mpiroofing.com.

Grief Support in Spanish

The Pathways Center for Grief & Loss’s bilingual Bereavement Counselor, Deborah Gonzalez, MSW, is available to any bereaved individuals who speak Spanish. Call (717) 391-2440 to leave a confidential message in Spanish or if you wish to receive our Spanish newsletter. Click here to view our Spanish newsletter. For more information, Click here. 

Pathways Center for Grief & Loss
4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA 17552
(717) 391-2413 or (800) 924-7610
En español: (717) 391-2440
pathways@hospicecommunity.org