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Understanding Grief

Grief is the natural reaction to loss. Grief is a strong, sometimes overwhelming emotion for people, it is both a universal and a personal experience. Individual experiences of grief vary and are influenced by the nature of the loss. Individuals suffering for a loss, might find themselves feeling numb and removed from daily life, unable to carry on with regular duties while saddled with their sense of loss.

What to do in times of Grief?

Experts advise those grieving to realize they can't control the process and to prepare for varying stages of grief. Understanding why they're suffering can help, as can talking to others and trying to resolve issues that cause significant emotional pain, such as feeling guilty for a loved one's death. Mourning can last for months or years. Generally, pain is tempered as time passes and as the bereaved adapts to life without a loved one. If you're uncertain about whether your grieving process is normal, consult your health care professional. Outside help is sometimes beneficial to people trying to recover and adjust to a death of a loved one.

What does Delco MEO offer?

Delaware County offers its condolences to you and your family during your time of loss. Our Grief Counselor/ Indigent Coordinator, Ms. Gion Mallory will reach out to families who have experienced a traumatic loss and offer you and your family programs and agencies that can further assist you during your time of need. If for any reason you need to contact Ms. Mallory do not hesitate to do so at 484-750-5150.

The following is a list of some of the programs within Delaware County that can be of assistance. We are compiling a more comprehensive list of services that will be offered through the Grief Counseling office.

Delaware County Victims Assistance Program

When presented with the death of a loved one it can be a taxing and overwhelming situation. Support is available through agencies devoted to victim/ and families of victims for assistance. Such organizations are designed to help victims and families cope with their loss through support and intervention. These agencies were designed to educate individuals to constructively face their loss and grief.

There is a 24hour hot line that can be reached at 610-566-4342 offering around the clock support for those in need. The program offers therapeutic services, group, and individual counseling. If one is eligible for additional services assistance will be provided to ensure necessary resources and processes are completed.


Delaware County Crisis Connections Team 855-889-7827

Grieving Support
Psychology Today - Delaware County Grief Support Groups
A list of different grief support groups and phone numbers.

Survivors of Suicide
     Survivors of Suicide/Delaware County
Riddle Memorial Hospital
Contact: Donna Ambrogi & Shirley Bono
Location: 1068 West Baltimore Pike Media PA 19063
Meetings: 4th Saturday of each month 10am-12pm


Gion Mallory B.S.
Bereavement Coordinator

Contact Us

  •   201 West Front Street,
         Media, PA 19063
  •   8:30AM - 4:30PM
           Monday - Friday
  •   610-891-4000

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