Donations Fund OhioHealth Youth Bereavement Programming


OhioHealth has received a $25,000 gift from the Sisters Health Foundation that will expand health system efforts to support children and teens grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.

The funding will enable a youth bereavement counselor to serve children and families in Athens County and neighboring counties (including Meigs, Washington, Perry, Morgan, Vinton and Hocking counties).

The advisor will focus on outreach to schools and will also provide services and resources in schools. Individual and group counseling will be offered free of charge to children, teens, families and school districts. Programs and services will also be available for adults providing care and services to youth who have experienced loss, including outreach to school staff or other youth service providers following an unexpected loss. or traumatic.

“Grief and unaddressed trauma can affect a child’s behavior, grades, school attendance and coping skills, all the way into adulthood,” said Pam Gompf, head of child care services. bereavement of OhioHealth. “Our goal is to provide tools to help young people who have experienced loss so they can explore and process their feelings, learn coping skills, and begin to make healthy life plans in the midst of loss.”

The OhioHealth Bereavement Program consists of bereavement counseling services that include care for patients, families and loved ones, OhioHealth care teams, and the community at large. The new youth counselor will be part of this program under OhioHealth at Home. In addition to the hospice and hospice care that physicians and clinicians provide to patients through end-of-life care, OhioHealth at Home has a bereavement team that offers support to loved ones.

“We are proud to partner with OhioHealth to address the growing need for grief counseling services for young people in Athens County through the new Youth Grief Counselor role,” said Sheiron Sanchez, program manager. for the Sisters Health Foundation. “Encouraging young people to realize that they are not alone and that they are supported in the community will allow them to better cope with the many facets of grief.

Youth bereavement counselor Olivia Bower started on June 13. To learn more about services or to make a referral, please contact Olivia Bower, MEd, LPC, at 740-497-5777 or [email protected].

About Ohio Health

Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is a nationally recognized nonprofit health care charity of The United Methodist Church.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 35,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 12 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient, palliative care, home care, medical equipment and other health services covering an area of ​​47 counties. It has been recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” 14 times since 2007.

OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital, OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital and OhioHealth Berger Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at

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