Working Through Grief
The Hospice support system continues after the death
of a loved one with bereavement counselors assuming the support
role. With the help of volunteers, they maintain a contact with
family members through telephone calls and support groups for up
to one year after a patient's death, if requested.
Individuals may experience various stages of grief
at different times. Hospice professionals are able to recognize
these stages and help survivors come to terms with personal feelings
as well as those of other family members.
Hospice has developed a variety of support systems
to help families and friends work through this grieving process,
recognizing identifiable steps that can occur in any combination
The often confusing reactions to death are not only
difficult for the individual, but also can temporarily split a family
apart at a time when they need mutual support. Hospice counselors
work with individuals and the family as a whole to allay emotional
threats, providing the support that adds comfort through understanding.
Hospice has special bereavement counselors on staff whose primary
responsibility is working with bereaved families. They lead a team
of bereavement volunteers who maintain telephone contact with surviving
family members, if requested, for up to one year following the death
of a Hospice patient.
Even though the majority of Hospice patients are
adults, special bereavement services are offered for children
and their families who have experienced a death of a loved one.
Our Childrens Counselor is an expert in helping children and
their families deal with illness, grief and loss. Hospice also works
through the school system to enhance this support program.
Non-denominational memorial services are held twice a year to remember
Hospice patients who have died. These services provide an opportunity
for families and Hospice team members to grieve together while paying
tribute to loved ones.
Many Hospice family members find that our free support groups are
helpful in dealing with grief from loss. Led by our bereavement
counselors, participants choose their own level of sharing, and
all conversation is strictly confidential.
These groups are open to the public. They serve as
a means for people to share like experiences, offering an understanding
camaraderie that often serves as a basis for future socialization,
which is an important part of the healing process.
Click here for Meeting Schedule.
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