After Care - Community



Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice
A grief support group for people of all ages who have experienced a loss. Grief education classes available. (814) 878-5990.

Great Lakes Hospice
For families moving through grief to find support in the difficult process of adjusting to loss. Monthly meetings in Erie and Girard. (814) 877-6120

Hospice of Metropolitan Erie
Call Hospice of Metropolitan Erie to arrange an appointment on a one to one basis. 202 East 10th Street 16503. (814) 456-6689

VNA Hospice Bereavement Support Group
The bereavement group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at VNA Hospice, 2253 West Grandview Blvd 16506. (814) 454-2831

Bereavement Support Group
Meets regularly every third Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Community Nursing Services of North East. The support group will provide a time and place for those who have suffered a loss to share their experiences, give and receive emotional support and resolve their grief during the difficult healing period. Helpful literature will be provided on coping, stress management and healthy living skills to deal with the loss of a loved one. (814) 725-4300

Highmark Caring Place
Highmark Caring Place, a Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents, and their Families, provides peer support groups, adult phone support, and referral services, at no cost, to those who have experienced the death of a loved one. It is a safe place with safe people where children and their families can know they are not alone in their grief; share their feelings, memories and experiences in an atmosphere of non-judgmental acceptance; see that what they are going through is normal; and know that hope and healing are possible. Education and consultation services are also provided for schools and other professionals in the community, who work with children. Call the numbers below for details. Bayview Office Park, Bldg. 2, Bayfront Parkway at 510 Cranberry Street 16507. (814) 871-6868 or (866) 212-HOPE (4673)

Empty Arms
A support group for people, who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn's death. Regular meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Liberty Family Practice, 3413 Cherry Street 16508. They have a library and materials to help you to explain this loss to children. They also give burial gowns as a gift to parents. If you have questions about the group, please feel free to call Patty McGuinness at (814) 838-6346 or Angela and Chris West at (814) 774-7064, or email us at

Lucy's First Step
A program for parents who have endured the death of a child of any age. The goal of the program is to provide a safe and supportive environment that encourages the healing process. Counselor-led group therapy sessions will address a different component of the healing process each week. This six-week program is offered weekly 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Millcreek Township Municipal Building, 3608 West 26th Street 16506 . Contact Hamot Health Connection for more information at (814) 877-6145.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
A support service for people, who have lost a baby to SIDS. Gives education, counseling, support and literature. (800) 721-SIDS (7437)

Transitions is a peer ministry of Catholic Charities that provides a safe place for healthy grieving of the loss of one's marriage because of divorce, death, or separation. This monthly support group is offered on the 4th Sunday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. (except holidays) St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 East Grandview Blvd 16504. (814) 824-1265. More information at their website

People after Loss from Suicide (PALS)
PALS is a non-denominational support group with regular meetings for those with a loved one that has committed suicide. Meetings are the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at St. Mark's Center, 429 East Grandview Blvd. 16504. (814) 824-1257. No reservations are necessary.

Homicide Survivors Support Group
This is a support group for people whose loved ones have been killed by murder, homicide, or vehicular homicide. Crime Victim Center, 125 West 18th Street 16501. (814) 455-9414

About Dusckas

The founder of the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., Constantine "Gus" Dusckas, was born in Titusville, Pennsylvania, on July 22, 1915, the son of Greek immigrants. It has been noted that the Dusckas family had a close relationship with the Drake family of oil well fame. Because of the family's deep religious beliefs, young Gus got involved with many families who were in need and less fortunate.  read more...

Get in Touch

  • Phone:
    (814) 899 7656
  • Email:
  • Main Address:
    Nancy E. Dusckas: Supervisor
    2607 Buffalo Rd.
    Erie, PA 16510
  • West Side:
    Gary J. Cumming: Supervisor
    536 West 10th Street
    Erie, PA 16502