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Call 412-322-5680 ext. 4 for Information


"A support group provides the opportunity to meet other parents who have experienced the death of an infant and who extend their friendship and understanding to newly bereaved parents.  In the group setting, parents are encouraged to talk about the baby who died and express their feelings about death in a safe environment.  Gradually parents begin to cope with their loss and are supported in the process"

- (Mandell, in Culbertson, Krous, and Bendell, 1988). 


SIDS of Pennsylvania Support Groups


Southwestern District

Support Services Coordinator and Education Director -

Eileen Carlins at 412-322-5680 ext. 4

Peer Contacts

Allegheny County - Joe Fung, Jan Lehigh, Dee Dee & Jake Pelled, Alisa Scioscia, Judy Frye (grandparents), Kathy Wandrisco (grandparents)

Call 412-322-5680 ext. 4 for information on the SIDS and Infant Loss Support Group, which meets the first Tuesday of each month at Support Meeting: Riverfront Place, 810 River Ave. Suite 160, Pittsburgh, PA.  1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.  If a meeting is not convenient, call the office to speak with a peer support person.



Armstrong County - Michele Kaplon

Support Meeting: Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

Butler County - Karen Fadzen

Fayette County - Wendy Krzanowski, RNC

Support Meeting: Uniontown Hospital, 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m.

Washington County - Darlene Pirmez

Westmoreland County - Chris Linville, Carolyn Meyers


Central District

Support Services Coordinator - Elizabeth Hurst, B.S. 814-944-8222

Peer Contacts - Kelli Servello, B.S. Ed., Melissa Redmond

Support Meeting: Altoona Hospital, 4th Monday of every month, 7:00 p.m.


Southcentral District

Support Services Coordinator - Karen Brindle

Peer Contacts - Cathy Kolakowski, Wendy Nieves, Penny Mixell

Support Meeting: Summit Home Health, Chambersburg, 2nd Thursday of every month, 7:00 p.m.


Southeastern District

Peer Contact Coordinator - Colleen Lembo, BSW

Peer Contacts - Mark Taylor, Dante Martino

Support Meeting Facilitator - Stephanie Thompson

Support Meeting: Abbington Health Center, 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Call (toll-free) 877-838-7437 for further details.

Sleeping Angels Fund Coordinators - Katie and Dante Martino



Northeastern District

Support Services Coordinator - Josie Levandowski, RN

Support Meeting: Call Josie Levandowski 570-868-3039


Northcentral District

Support Services Coordinator - Josie Levandowski, RN

Peer Contacts - Bonnie Weaver (Clinton County)


Northwestern District

Support Services Coordinator - Mary Jo Anderlonis-Fulton, RN

Peer Contacts - Joy and Bob Costolo


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