Help with Grief

Grief is a perfectly normal and acceptable emotion following the loss of a treasured loved one. Support from family and friends is essential in resolving the difficult issues you will face in creating a life without that person. Openly accepting the love and support generously offered by friends and family will do much to hasten your healing as well as allowing your family and friends to feel they are making a real difference for you. You have suffered a tremendous loss and, as you begin your emotional journey through mourning and grief, our thoughts are with you.

We're Here for You

In the year following your loss, you will receive a series of four booklets from the Bauer Family Funeral Homes. They are part of our continued care and bereavement support program.

You can also view our online community where individuals moving through grief can find advice from experts on topics such as grief counseling, spirituality and the value of funeral services.

View the complete library of videos.

Grief Lending Library

Another source of bereavement support that we provide and welcome you and your family to use is our Grief Lending Library of books and materials related to grief and loss. This collection of books, pamphlets, support group referrals and audiovisual materials is housed at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning and is accessible to the public during normal business hours.

Support Groups

We also have compiled a list of support groups and counselors that is available at the funeral home. One of the most highly recommended ongoing local support group meetings is called "Weathering Grief". Hosted by VNA Hospice and Palliative Care and facilitated by a certified grief specialist, "Weathering Grief" is held the third Tuesday of every month at the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital from 7:00-8:30 pm. This meeting is free of charge. The VNA Hospice offers a variety of bereavement support groups and periodic courses and activities for grieving adults. For more information or to register to attend any of the ongoing groups, please call the VNA Hospice directly at 724-431-3520 or visit

For Children

Located in Pittsburgh, The Caring Place is a program of the Highmark Caring Foundation dedicated to children, adolescents and their families who have lost a loved one. Families may participate in support groups on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The Caring Place groups are offered at no cost to the children or their families. For more information, please contact The Caring Place directly at 1-866-212 HOPE (4673) or visit their website

Review our Talking to Children About Death Guide »