The mission of PGSS is to help children and families who have experienced a loss through death to move through the grief process by offering support, friendship and professional counseling as needed regardless of ability to pay.
PGSS was formed over 15 years ago out of my own personal loss history. I wanted to provide additional help to those on the grief journey move towards the healing process. My nursing background had not prepared me for my own losses and it did not prepare me for dealing with death within my professional life. I attended many workshops and college courses dealing with thanatology (the study of dying, death and bereavement) and found that my family and friends found me to be strange.
However, whenever a death occurred which was considered “tragic” or the bereaved person was “having a hard time”, I was called on by family and friends to provide “counseling” or “that thing that you do”. What I provided was not counseling, but a listening ear and an open heart. I have found that the provision of counseling is not usually necessary, but to have friends/family listen is the best medicine/therapy in the world. We want our friends to feel better when they are grieving so we give lots of free advice and talk, when we should be listening to the silent voice of their heart. As our motto states, PGSS exists to: Help Hurting Hearts to Heal.
We serve all populations. However, our special emphasis is placed on underserved and vulnerable individuals. This group would include children (in foster care, single-parent households and those considered “at risk), the elderly and ethnic minorities. At the present time, the main emphasis is on children. Since PGSS is a non-profit organization whose services are completely free, we hope to help those most in need of our services by assuring that finances and medical insurance are not requirements for obtaining the needed assistance. We offer services throughout the Philadelphia community area and the nearby (Glenside, Ambler, and Jenkintown) Montgomery County. We plan to have the program replicated throughout the city and Delaware Valley region.
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