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.

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ABOUT US

BEGINNING OF PGSS

PEOPLE OFTEN ASKED HOW PGSS CAME TO PROVIDE BEREAVEMENT SERVICES. THIS IS OUR BEGINNING.

PAST PROJECTS
    
  • Provided free crisis intervention training and debriefing for staff with the death of a student and teacher.
  • Provided free pamphlets regarding grief and loss.
  • Provided newsletter about grief and loss to community agencies and to those who have had a recent loss.
  • On call counselor for local charter schools to provide debriefing to staff around grief and loss.
  • Provide small scholarships to children who have lost a parent to death and are entering college (Graduates of the bereavement camps that have volunteered or have been a participant in the camp years).
GOALS

HELPING HURTING HEARTS TO HEAL.

  • Improving the emotional well-being and long-range outcome of children and families affected by death.
  • Expand outreach efforts to ensure grief support is accessible and appropriate for children and families in all parts of the community.
  • The provision of comprehensive literature and information base regarding grief and loss issues.
    To provide the person with an opportunity to meet others who have had similar experiences and to find support and companionship.
  • Giving a voice to the bereaved and encouraging the development of grief support services throughout the area.
  • To support parents, teachers and family members who desire to help a child who has experienced a loss.
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.
POPULATION SERVED
      
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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