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Bereavement counseling and support groups

Bereavement Services

Hospice & Palliative Care recognizes that the needs of family and friends do not end when their loved one dies. Grieving is an important emotional process for all those who suffer a loss. At no cost to the participants, hospice provides the following services for those who are grieving:

Bereavement Correspondence Program
Monthly mailings, which include information and inspirational thoughts about the experience of grieving are sent to family members and friends of those who have died. The program is designed to help people understand their feelings of grief and loss in the privacy of their own home. This correspondence is mailed on a monthly basis during the first year of bereavement. It is our hope that this information about the grief process will help guide families along the road to recovery.

One-to-One Counseling
Healing is often aided by sharing one's feelings and experience with a trained counselor. Hospice & Palliative Care provides a bereavement counselor to meet with family members or friends to offer support and guidance.

Bereavement Companions
Specially trained hospice bereavement volunteers are matched with a hospice family to provide emotional support. This is done through telephone calls for up to one year following the death of a loved one. If you are interested in meeting with a bereavement companion please call the hospice office.

Adult Bereavement Support Groups
The purpose of the bereavement support groups is to give family members and significant others an opportunity to learn more about the grief experience and to meet others who are also grieving. The groups are led by trained counselors. There is no charge to attend the groups and they are open to anyone in the community.

Children's Bereavement Groups
Hospice & Palliative Care offers support for children age 6 and older. These groups are for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. The groups are led by trained counselors. There is no charge to attend the groups and they are open to anyone in the community.

Interfaith Remembrance Service
Annually in November, Hospice & Palliative Care holds an interfaith remembrance service for all those in the surrounding community who wish to join others in remembering friends and loved ones.

Community Education Programs
Hospice staff are available to present workshops, in-services, or other educational opportunities for your organization, workplace, or community group. Please contact the Manager of Hospice & Palliative Care at 1-800-698-6877 for assistance in scheduling a speaker for your event.

  • Grief Education
  • Five Wishes/Advance Directives
  • Coping with the Holidays
  • Grief in the Workplace
  • School-based workshops
  • "Death and Dying"
  • "Hospice & Palliative Care: A Community Resource"
  • "Spirituality at end-of-life"
  • "Gifts Differing: The Contributions of the Worlds' Religions to Our Understanding of Suffering, Death and Grief"
  • "Spiritual Issues for the Dying and Their Caregivers"
  • "Spirituality and Grief"
  • "Special Challenges and Diverse Spiritual Practices in Spiritual Care"
  • "The Art of Being a Healing Presence"
  • "Dying Well: Making Wishes, Giving Gifts"
  • "Elders' Grief or Grief in Later Life"
  • "Living While We Grieve"
  • "Pain and Symptom Management"
  • "E. L. N. E. C. Training"

Calendar of Programs
Click here to download the most recent schedule of bereavement programs.

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