According to the preliminary statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose killed about 72,000 Americans in 2017 which reflects a rise of roughly 10 percent. These losses cause a ripple effect, consuming loved ones whose lives are changed forever by this loss.
Presently, there is still not a lot of awareness for dealing with the grief carried by losing a loved one to an overdose. There is a great need for specialized bereavement support for those who are grieving an overdose death. This type of loss comes with an array of complicated emotions and unresolved feelings that standard grief support settings are unable to address.
Grief is a natural emotion, and the healing process involves allowing yourself to experience, feel and accept the pain of the loss or give yourself the permission to heal. This healing process is unique after losing a loved one to an overdose, so it is essential to seek specialized bereavement support.
At Beinhaurer Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, we have put together a list of grief support resources specifically for those who have lost a loved one to an overdose.
Local Grief Support Resources
Pennsylvania has one of the highest overdose death rates in the country. With a state government dedicated to proven resources to help those impacted by overdose deaths, Pennsylvania is also shown to have the most overdose death related supports groups available compared to other states. Below is a list of some grief support groups located in a few the surrounding counties.
St Louise De Marillac Parish in Upper Saint Clair, PA
St. Louise de Marillac – LeGras Hall
320 McMurray Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241
Call Adrian 412-609-4437 for more information.
Meetings are held at 7 PM 1st and 3rd Monday each month and are sponsored by the Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) of the Pittsburgh Diocese.
SPHS Behavioral Health Family Overdose Support Group
250 Chamber Plaza, Charleroi 2 Eastgate Ave., Monessen, PA 15062
Call 724-684-6489 for more information.
Meetings are held 2nd Tuesday each month 6-7:30 and 4th Tuesday of the month 6-7: 30 PM.
Lost Dreams Awakening Nonprofit Family Support Group LDA Recovery Community Center
408 8th St, Rear Suite, New Kensington, PA 15068
Visit www.recoverysupportservices.net or call 724-212-7899 for more information.
Meetings are held Thursdays at 6 pm.
Fayette County Health Center
100 New Salem Road, Uniontown, PA 15401
For more information about the adult, group call Elaine Stano 724-438-3576 (x129).
For more information about the children’s group call Anna Korba 724-438-3576 (x127).
Meetings for the Adults Group and Children’s Group are held the 1st and 3rd Monday 5 pm to 7 pm.
Grief Support Resources to Help You Heal
In addition to grief support after an overdose death, we also have a list of a variety of other grief support resources and services to help you find the support you need after the loss of a loved one.
Contact us today for more information on bereavement support services or to learn more about how the caring and compassionate staff at Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services can assist you with all aspects of funeral planning.