Bereavement support (grief) plays a vital role in the overall hospice philosophy. Our counselors meet with patients to help them cope with the variety of emotions they experience as they live with their terminal illness. These may include anger, sorrow, loss, regret, and much more. Counselors also work closely with a patient’s family and caregivers to help them cope and understand the dying process. They also provide support after the passing of the loved one, to be a companion during the journey of grief.
Community bereavement support is available though a variety of free support groups that include:
Life After Loss: For individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one under any circumstance, this group is offered in six or eight week sessions throughout the year (check the calendar) Meetings are facilitated by a Northland Hospice counselor who discusses different aspects of grief and coping techniques. Class sizes are limited. Daytime and evening sessions are available.
Life After Suicide: This specialized group provides support to individuals experiencing loss due to a suicide. Volunteer facilitators cover general grief topics as well as discuss specific issues pertaining to grief from suicide. Through their own experiences and training, the facilitators provide support and understanding.
TLC (For the love of a child): The heartache of losing a child is something only another parent who has lost a child can understand. This group meets monthly and covers aspects of grief, ways to cope, ideas about remembering and honoring a child, and topics of dealing with a grieving family. Support is provided to parents and families who have experienced the loss of a child of any age including those suffering loss due to miscarriage, still-birth, and early infant death.
Support for Children and Teens: Individual counseling is available for children and teens of all ages. Our counselors will work with local schools on an as-needed basis to form on-site support groups. Camp Mourning Star is a one-day children’s grief camp that provides a variety of activities for children ages 6-12 to help them express and learn how to cope with the loss of a loved one. Please contact us for when the next camp is scheduled.
Widowed Person’s Support Group: Providing care, companionship, and activities for individuals who have lost a spouse is the purpose of this group. Information meetings are held throughout the month in community locations where members can talk with others in similar situations and find friendship.
Caregiver’s Support Group: This group is for those who find themselves in a caregiving role for a loved one who is chronically or terminally ill or disabled. It meets the first and third Monday of each month at noon.