The emotional toll of caring for and living with someone with an advanced illness is an ongoing process and the effect on families and caregivers does not end when a loved one dies. The hospice bereavement team provides support for family, caregivers and friends involved in caring for the individual. This support starts during care and continues after through our bereavement program
Our Bereavement Program supports hospice families and friends after the death of a loved one. Support is also available to community members who have experienced the loss of a loved one – even if they did not use hospice services. Support is provided by phone and mail contact, phone or in person counseling, printed resources and networking. Workshops and support groups are provided by each office according to need.
Griever’s Bill of Rights
- You have the right to experience your own unique grief
- You have the right to talk about your grief
- You have the right to feel a multitude of emotions
- You have the right to be tolerant of your physical and emotional limits
- You have the right to experience “griefbursts”
- You have the right to make use of ritual
- You have the right to embrace your spirituality
- You have the right to search for meaning
- You have the right to treasure your memories
- You have the right to move forward your grief and heal
We are here to help
High Peaks Hospice Bereavement staff and volunteers offer a variety of grief services to those we serve and to the community at large. One of these is Grief Support groups which can help those experiencing grief navigate through choppy waters. Since we all grieve in different ways a variety of topics are offered.
For more information about these groups, contact: Kirby Kay Clark at email@example.com or 518.891-0606 for more information.
Grief support groups:
- Discovering your Grief Journey
The goal of this group is to provide a safe place where individuals can share their first moments of grief and experience the symptoms, feelings and emotions of their grief. This group have between 8 and 10 members that are in the 1-13th month in their journey of grief. These meetings will be on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month via Zoom from 6-7 p.m.
- Finding Hope and Rebuilding
The goal of this group is to provide a safe place where individuals can continue their grief journey for months 13-19 to find their hope and how they rebuild their future. This group will also have 8-10 members who have completed the 13 month program and will be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month via Zoom from 6-7 p.m.
Hospice accepts referrals for bereavement regardless of whether or not their loved ones received hospice services.
Those who contact us regarding grief support will receive the mailings and have an opportunity to talk with the Bereavement Coordinator or a volunteer. Our program offers quarterly mailings for thirteen months and phone contacts 1- 4 times a year.
Hospice Bereavement Coordinators and Social Workers also respond to community emergencies. They are available to counsel those in grief when a community has experienced a significant loss that affects many people – most often when there have been tragic deaths within the community.
This is just one more significant way that hospice can make a difference.
High Peaks Hospice has also held three Bereavement Conferences in the past 8 years. These conferences were open to the public and were presented by nationally recognized grief specialists. The purpose was to provide the coping skills to both the professional and lay people in our north country communities.
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