Grief Support

What is Grief Support?

Grief comes naturally as a part of loss. People often feel alone and isolated in their grief but no one should have to grieve alone. Many resources are available to help with grief and make its presence and passage both meaningful and rewarding. “The experience of grief is powerful. So, too, is your ability to help yourself heal. In doing the work of grieving, you are moving toward a renewed sense of meaning and purpose in your life.” – Dr. Alan D. Wofeldt, Center for Loss and Life Transitions

What We Offer

Andrew D. Ferguson Funeral Home’s Continual-Care Program offers support for families of all faiths to help before, during and after the loss of a loved one.

  • Online Grief Support connects you to resources which can help with understanding grief:
  • Our Grief Lending Library is comprised of more than 100 books, video tapes and pamphlets dealing with grief, grief resolution, death, and the trauma that surrounds this emotional time in one’s life. Materials may be borrowed at any time.
  • Our On-staff Grief Specialist can assist in selecting materials and programs appropriate to family members’ and friends’ unique situations.
  • Our comprehensive Outreach Program includes two Grief Support Groups, Stepping Stones Pamphlet and Heal One’s Grief Wounds Support Group, as well as speakers on various funeral related topics.

Lillian and David Cale are facilitators for the Newly Bereaved and Advanced groups of Stepping Stones Bereavement Support. Neither is a certified counselor; both are grievers and the programs they provide are peer counseling sessions. Two programs for newly bereaved are offered each year; one begins the second Monday of September and the other the first Monday of March.

Lillian facilitates the ten week Newly Bereaved program that was developed by Lydia Gentile over many years dating back to 1992. Articles, DVDs and conversation are used to aid the group in working through their grief. Lillian had a career as a Junior High teacher and has worked in education and public relations through the years. She has a Masters Degree in Education. She volunteers in the program because she has seen how people are helped by it, as she was after losing her mother in 2000.

David is a university professor who facilitates the Advanced Group (individuals who have completed the Newly Bereaved program and want more information to continue dealing with their loss). David came to the program after his mother-in-law’s death in 2000. He, too, has seen the benefits of the program. Both Lillian and David wish to continue helping grievers reach their full potential as they weather the storms of grieving.

  • We participate in the Living Tree Memorial Service, a helpful way for people to cope with grief and build new life from loss.
  • We have full-time telephone support and offer newsletters and educational seminars to further assist those suffering through loss.

Please contact the Andrew D. Ferguson Funeral Home for any questions regarding grief support or bereavement group meetings. There is absolutely no obligation.

Bereavement groups can help. Those suffering grief often need to reach out and share their feelings, to make sense of what has happened, and to begin rebuilding their lives. Andrew D. Ferguson III helps host the Uniontown Area Bereavement Support Group’s meetings and encourages those dealing with grief to attend. Many different aspects of grief are covered, and there is always time for people to voice their feelings. Here’s an example.

GRIEF IS HARD WORK

Few people think of grieving a loss as hard work. Most people who have experienced the death of a loved one feel tremendous fatigue at times in the grief process. And the reason is that grief is hard work, relentless work, constant work. When we do housecleaning or work in our garden or do our work on the job, we can usually take a break when we feel the need. We step back, walk around a little, change our focus for a moment, or just relax. But, with grief and sorrow, there are no breaks. The loneliness is always there; there are no breaks. The loss is present, if only in our subconscious. The hurt waxes and wanes but never really leaves. No breaks. No time-outs. Just constant and hard work. And, of course, that is fatiguing to anyone. The work must be done. No one can escape it. But the good news is that those who are hard at work in grief can share their burden and lessen their load. – from the Uniontown Area Bereavement Group’s “Stepping Stones,” adapted from an article by Pastor Carl Krueger.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like information on local programs or on borrowing materials from our library.

OBITUARIES

RECENT OBITUARIES

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  Reynold E. Bell, age 77, of Uniontown passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024.  He was born September 1, 1946 in Uniontown son of the late Anthony (Tony) Bell and Frances Germi Bell.  In addition to his parents, Reynold is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann (Filmeck) Bell in August 2019 and brother Ronald Bell.   Reynold was a 1964 graduate of Uniontown High School.  He served with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.  He was a member of St. Therese de Lisieux Roman Catholic Church where he served as an usher.  He worked at J.C. Penney, Famous Supply and recently at Apothecare Pharmacy, who he regarded as extended family.  Reynold enjoyed gardening and gifting his friends and neighbors with vegies and fruit.   Left to cherish Reynold’s memory are his brothers Harold Bell (Jean) and Donald Bell (Dolores) both of Uniontown; sisters Mary Jane Slamecka (Jerry) of Butler and Dawnel Nanney (Charles) of Shelby, NC.  Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws and nieces and nephews.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA.  A funeral mass celebrating Reynold’s life will be held Friday, February 23rd at 10:00 at St. Therese de Lisieux Roman Catholic Church.  Interment will be private.   The family extends a special thank you to Apothecare Pharmacy, Walter Lizza and staff.   Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at adferguson.com or on the funeral home Facebook page.
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Nancy G. Jenkins, age 86, of Uniontown, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024.  She was born May 18, 1937 in Uniontown daughter of Alfred Glass and Elsie Nehls Glass.  In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Russell I. Jenkins, JD.   Nancy was a 1955 graduate of Uniontown High School.  She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Nancy enjoyed cooking, baking, crossword puzzles and working with flowers.   Left to cherish Nancy’s memory are her son, Russell Jenkins, Jr. of Uniontown; daughter, Carol Jenkins, of Uniontown; and nieces and nephews, Linda Fisher (Roy) of Uniontown, Jeannie Bingham (Tim) of Coraopolis, Martha Gorecki (Joseph) of Shalimar, FL, Connie Lepore (Steven) of Herndon, VA Hodge Jenkins (Carol) of McDonough GA; Joyce Hrutkay of Washington, PA and many great nieces and nephews.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA where family and friends will be received on Friday, February 23rd from 2 until 4 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m.  Visitation will continue in the funeral home on Saturday from 10 until 11 a.m. followed by a service at 11:00 AM with Rev. Kevin Anderson officiation.  Interment will follow Laurel Hill Presbyterian Cemetery.   Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Facebook page.  
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Barry L. Breakiron, age 84, of Smithfield, passed away, Friday, February 9, 2024.  He was born February 17 1939 in Smithfield, PA son of the late Jake Breakiron and Minnie Garletts Breakiron.  In addition to his parents, Barry was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Breakiron; daughter, Sharon Myers; brothers, Raymond Breakiron and Ralph Breakiron; sisters, Mary Etta Upton, Laura Breakiron, Bertha Bilavosky and Edith Moser and grandchildren, Malorie Amanda Hummel.   Barry did maintenance and factory work in his early years and recently did outside maintenance for the Ferguson-Brownfield Funeral Home. He enjoyed bowling at Manor Lanes and doing yardwork.  Barry was an all-around outdoor person.   Left to cherish Barry’s memory are his daughters, Shirley Hummel and husband Arthur of Quakertown, PA and Debbie Breakiron of Telford, PA; six grandchildren; caregiver and good friend, Sue Adams and many nieces, nephews and cousins.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the FERGUSON-BROWNFIELD FUNERAL HOME, INC., 78 Main Street, Smithfield, PA where family and friends will be received Saturday, February 17th from Noon until 2:00 p.m. followed by a service celebrating Barry’s life at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Darrell Edgar officiating.  Interment will be private.   Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Facebook page.  
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Linda Lee Kisner Cavinee, age 83 of Uniontown and formerly of Farmington, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2024 in Uniontown Hospital.  She was born November 16, 1940 in Uniontown, PA daughter of the late Omer Kisner and Madge Jones Kisner.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Matthews, Freda Radabaugh and Gypsie Fretwell. Linda was a 1958 graduate of Uniontown High School. After high school she went to flight attendant school in California and later attended Waynesburg College.  Linda then joined the United States Navy and found the shipmate she was looking for. She served in the United States Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Linda was a member of Central Christian Church.  She enjoyed reading, dancing, traveling and spending time in Florida.  Linda also enjoyed camping and hosting family and friends at their home in the mountains. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. Left to cherish Linda’s memory are her husband of 60 years, Ralph E. Cavinee of Uniontown; son, Scott Cavinee and wife Diane of Uniontown; daughter Felice Hart and husband Tom of Uniontown; grandchildren, Heather (John), Alex (Taryn), Cory, Andrew, Daniel; great grandchildren Riylee, Baylee, Layne and Crew. Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA where family and friends will be received on Sunday, February 18th from 1 until 5 p.m. followed by a service celebrating Linda’s life at 5:00 PM with Rev. Dr. Heather Simpson officiating.  Interment will be private. The family requests in lieu of flowers, plant a dogwood tree for someone you love. General George C. Marshall Post #103 of Hopwood will accord full military rites at the funeral home.        Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Facebook page.