Highmark Caring Place Resources Available for Children and Families Coping Without Dad on Father's Day

Jun 13, 2011, 07:00 ET from Highmark Caring Place

PITTSBURGH, June 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When a child's dad passes away, Father's Day and life in general is never the same. With Father's Day approaching on June 19, it's time to remember that children who have lost their fathers may experience the day when we honor fathers differently than they have before.

The Highmark Caring Place, a community resource for those dealing with grief, has facilities in Pittsburgh, Erie, Lemoyne and Warrendale, Pa. A variety of Highmark Caring Place materials are also available online to help families cope.

"Throughout the year, our staff and volunteers provide encouragement and peer support to help children and families discover that they're not alone in their grief," said Terese Vorsheck, director of the Highmark Caring Place. "The Caring Place also offers online tools and resources that will help families cope with the loss of a loved one."

Families who are dealing with grief this Father's Day can log on to the Caring Place's website at www.highmarkcaringplace.com and access a variety of helpful online tools.

If you know someone who has experienced the death of a loved one, it is important to remember the following:

  • People may feel many different emotions, from sadness and anger to relief and confusion.
  • People want to remember their loved ones, and talking about them can be helpful, even if they cry.
  • When someone is grieving, he/she may feel drained of energy.
  • Feelings of grief come and go for a long period of time, usually longer than expected.
  • Besides missing the person who died, grieving people are often surrounded by others who are grieving, too, which can add to their feelings of confusion or sadness.

"It is not what you say or do that matters most, it's being there that makes the biggest difference," said Vorsheck.

SOURCE Highmark Caring Place