Grief journeys are as unique as relationships
Grief is the natural response to a loss. We grieve the loss of objects, relationships, physical health and, of course, the death of a loved one. Bereavement is the act of processing grief. Bereavement journeys are as unique as relationships. There is no formula to follow and no timetable to measure against. This is why we often feel alone in our grief. However, grieving individuals share common ground including a range of emotional reactions, dealing with well-meaning family and friends, and living through holidays and special occasions.
After the loss of a loved one, it is common to need support and understanding from others who have also experienced loss. Coping with the death of someone you love is difficult, no matter what the cause and no matter what the relationship.
Hospice grief support and guidance is available at no cost for family members, caregivers and friends impacted by death, regardless of whether their loved one has died in our hospice program. Recognizing that we grieve as whole people, or services are holistic in approach to develop and practice lifelong coping strategies. Since everyone copes with loss in their own way, we offer a variety of services which include:
- Monthly newsletters, Comfort for the Grieving Heart, are mailed to your home monthly.
- Time of Remembrance programs in the community
- Support groups for adults to build a circle of support through sharing and presentations by our grief counselors.
- Short term counseling for adults, older teens and families
- Workshops and presentations responding to changes in our community and expressed interest.
- A video library you can access 24/7.The 12 videos in the Video Library are 5 to 10 minutes long and cover a variety of topics common to people grieving. You can view them as often as you like as they are full of comforting and useful information about coping with loss.
Please refer to the Bereavement Newsletter for specific dates and locations for all bereavement programming, and information on how to register.
St. Luke’s Hospice Grief Support programs are a community resource to anyone dealing with grief issues. Groups and presentations are offered at several St. Luke’s campuses.
Grief & Loss Support Group: This is a 6 week support group that will guide participants in understanding the uniqueness of their grief, and provides resources and education on the healing process. This is a supportive group that is focused on healing and living beyond a loss. The Grief and Loss Support Group is offered multiple times throughout the calendar year, and pre-registration for this group is required. We also offer Grief & Loss Support Groups tailored to different relationships, such as, spousal, parental, and sibling loss.
Healing Rhythms Drumming Group: This 6 week group is a unique approach to loss, grief and support in life transitions. The use of the drum is a vehicle of expression when you may not be able to put your thoughts and feelings into words . Drumming circles also provide a sense of connectedness with others and interpersonal support. No experience is necessary and the drums are provided for you. Our Healing Rhythms Group is led by a Remo HealthRhythms endorsed facilitator. Pre-registration for this group is required.
We currently offer Drop-In Support Groups on a monthly basis in a variety of locations to help meet the ongoing needs of bereaved individuals in the community. New members are welcome to join at any time and there is no registration required. These groups afford people the opportunity to meet in a safe environment with other people experiencing grief and loss. There is a facilitator to offer support.
Throughout the year, we offer a variety of workshops related to grief and loss issues.
Good Grief Workshop: This workshop is for adults who have a lost a loved one within the past 1-3 months. This workshop provides education on the grief experience following the first few weeks and months after a death. We cover understanding common grief reactions, coping strategies, self-care throughout the grief process and beyond, and the uniqueness of your grief experience.
Other workshop topics are scheduled throughout the year. Topics have included Grief and the Holidays, Supporting Children and Teens in Grief, and Grief and Family Dynamics. Watch our newsletter for other topics.
St. Luke's Hospice offers educational programs to individuals, businesses and agencies dealing with issues related to grief and change. We welcome inquiries on our educational and support programs to benefit community wellness.
Times of RemembranceWe offer a program called “Times of Remembrance” throughout the year and while they are conducted in houses of worship, they are not religious in nature. Instead, they offer us the opportunity to hold onto the value of each life, ad to bear witness to the legacies of each one, as we read each person’s name in a reflective setting, framed by words and music. Some attendees bring a photo of their loved one to share on our Photo Memorial Table.