The grieving process can sometimes be delayed due to the overwhelming number of decisions necessary in the days following the death of a family member. Often, the full impact of your loss is not realized until your family and friends have gone home and you are left alone.

But, remember please, that you are not alone. Our staff is eager and qualified to help you. There are several ways that we can assist you through this difficult time. The Memory Store at our Limestone Road facility (click here for directions) has many books, and CD’s concerning bereavement. The topics are varied– loss of a parent, loss of a child, explaining death to a teenager, even how to cope with the death of a beloved pet. The Memory Store is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 4 PM or by appointment.

In New Castle County, we have several excellent support groups to help you no matter what the circumstances of your loss. Many people prefer the anonymity of the Internet for their questions and chats. There are many excellent websites and local groups to assist you. (Click here to view).

Head shot of Regina

Dr. Regina Giannone-Tyler Ed.D., joined the Mealey Funeral Homes team in 2002 as the Bereavement Counselor and Community Liaison. She earned her graduate degree in Psychology and Theology from Neumann College in 1990 and completed her doctorate degree in higher education at Wilmington University. Regina has over 27 years of experience in aftercare and bereavement services and specializes in helping families cope with loss and grief. In addition to working at Mealey Funeral Homes, Regina has experience supervising local hospices’ bereavement departments and is a full-time employee in admissions at Wilmington University, where she has been teaching courses in Psychology since 1999. Regina can often be found doing public speaking, in-service training, and supplying educational material for professional, educational and volunteer groups. Mother of two adult daughters, Regina resides in Wilmington with her husband, George and enjoys her three beloved grandchildren.

Suggested reading:

Helping Children Cope with Grief
Alan Wolfelt, Ph. D.
-Many references for parents teachers and couselors

Books to Help Children Cope with Separation and Loss
J. Bernstein (1977)

On Death and Dying                                               

E. Kubler - Ross (1969)                                           
-A classic regarding stages of death and dying       

How to Tell Children

By Don Schaefer
- A parent's guide to helping children understand and cope when someone dies. With crisis intervention guide.

Someone Special Died

Joan Prestine
-A young boy expresses his feelings and deals with his loss after the
death of a close freind.  -Ages 5-10


Compassionate Friends,
Meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM
Silverside Church, 2800 Silverside Road, Wilmington DE 19810
Call 302-376-0300.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Parents Support Group, 
Meets 7:30 pm, last Tuesday of the month,
Ronald McDonald House, 1901 Rockland Rd, Wilmington
CALL 302-996-6494

When a Parent Dies, for any adult grieving the death of a parent,
10 am to 11 am, on Tuesdays and 7pm to 9, on Thursday evenings
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, Fairfax.
Professionally facilitated. Call 302-478-2575

Bereavement Support Agency
Catholic Charities, Fourth St. & Greenhill Ave., Wilmington
One on One Counselinig, Call 302-654-6473

Healing Pathways Support Group- Supporting Kidds
1213 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707, (302) 235-5544, (302) 235-2672 (fax)

Hope Program – Delaware Hospice
16 Polly Drummond Center, Newark, DE 19711 Statewide: 1(855)672-2200, toll-free number

The Cancer Support Community
New Castle County: 4810 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807  CALL: (302) 995-2850

Grief Support Group with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care (302) 533-3800
Holds groups at:  Newark Senior Center, 200 White Chapel Road, Newark, DE
Every second and fourth Wednesdays from 10:30 am- 11:30 am. 

Support Group at Christ the Teacher Catholic School
Christ the Teacher Catholic School (St Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church) 2431 Frazier Road,
Newark, DE  CALL (302) 738-5126 

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Infant Death, Infertility  
Loving Arms Parent Support Group

Christiana Care Health System (CCHS) (302) 733-4367, CCHS bereavement line 

Life after Loss – GriefShare Recovery Support Program
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard, 1530 Foulk Road, Brandywine Hundred, DE
CALL(302) 478-3030