Coping with Grief & Loss

Just as each person’s life is unique, so is the grieving process. Our Bereavement Services staff can help family members and close friends as they work through their feelings and find ways to cope with the many stages of grief.

The focus of Hospice Bereavement Services is on the loss of a loved one, and its effect on those left behind. Our goal is to help people – no matter their age or relationship – learn to cope with their loss, and the grief and pain that follow.

Helping People Cope
Our caring, experienced staff and volunteers assist Hospice families in a confidential, professional setting.  Many services are provided, and referrals to other community resources are made as needed:
• Individual Counseling
• Grief Workshops and Support Groups
• Phone Calls and Special Mailings
• Educational Programs on Grief & Loss

Responding to Community Need
Bereavement Services are available to anyone in the community who is dealing with
the death of a loved one.  As part of our community outreach, we also offer educational
programs on grief and loss to local organizations including educators, health care
providers, service organizations and church groups.

Grief Comes in Many Ways
Do you:
• Have deep feelings of sorrow?
• Feel tightness in the throat or heaviness in the chest?
• Feel guilty at times, angry at others?
• Find it difficult to concentrate?
• Sense your deceased loved one’s presence, and talk to him or her?
• Have difficulty sleeping or feel exhausted?
• Feel the need to share the special qualities you valued in your loved one?
• Experience frequent mood swings?
• Cry at unexpected times?

These are all natural and normal grief responses.  Hospice Bereavement Services can
help you identify and understand the range of emotions you may encounter during the
grieving process.

“Grieving is as natural as crying when you are hurt,
sleeping when you are tired, eating when you are hungry,
or sneezing when your nose itches. 
It is nature’s way of healing a broken heart.”
 Doug Manning

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