"This is a letter to thank you for all of your help in my time of need, and to tell you that my life is looking better each and every day.  I am keeping your telephone number handy just in case I might need a kind word, but I think that all of my friends along with my children are there just to get me through most of the relapses. Thank again for being there and may God bless you for what you are doing to help so many."

“Thank you for your excellent help.  I could not have made it without you and your staff.” 

“God puts angels on earth.  Thank you for being beautiful angels.”

“Thank you for all of your help and support with our father.” 

“Thank you so very much for your care. We so appreciated everything you did for our mom.  She is free now…no more suffering.  God bless you and the work of your hands and your heart.  Please pass on our appreciation to those who contributed to her care.” 

“Thank you to each and every person that touched our lives this past year.  I find myself thinking of you often.  I am sure that I will be in touch for some help.  It just isn’t time yet.  Thank you again.” 

“The hospice social worker was wonderful in working with our family and explaining our options.  The nurse’s aide was excellent, very caring and compassionate.”

“The peace of mind that Mom had because she could come home has been shared with us, as we were able to do what she wanted.  Words cannot express the gratitude we have for our hospice team.  Thank you.  Your nurse was an intelligent, compassionate person that helped us all so much.” 

“I would like to thank the minister who came to be with my family after my father died.  Keep up the good work.  I would tell anyone not to be afraid about hospice and it is a good idea to talk to them.”

“Wonderful caring people, if my mom could have, she would have thanked you.”

“The team could not have been more helpful at a greatly emotional time.  I want to thank them very much.”

“I am very thankful for the care provided, it made his last days more comfortable.  I really admire those who work in the hospice program.”

“You have a wonderful staff of people working for you.  Our family was very fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and caring group of people handling so many things for us….our sincerest thanks.” 

“The hospice team gave me membership and full partner status in the care of the patient.  All of my concerns were immediately addressed, all questions answered and the nurses were always available.  This was a very rewarding experience for me, especially in view of the outcome.  Thank you.”

“Our family felt very fortunate to have the hospice care that we did for my mother.  Thank you very much for a job well done.  They went above and beyond our expectations.”

“The team who interacted with my dad were exceptional in providing personal, social and spiritual needs.  Their individualized, personalized care and support was genuine and consistent.  On behalf of my family, I thank the caring staff at Seasons Hospice for the services rendered during my dad’s life and for the spiritual support and guidance following his transition.”

“My son and I appreciate very much that Seasons Hospice accepted my husband under their care, and that the flexibility with their policies helped us deal with what was to come.  My husband went home with the pain pump and IV.  Though I knew what to expect, the thought of disconnecting everything made me want to faint.  Thank you for thinking of our needs.  I would like to thank the whole team for their caring attitude and professionalism.  The social worker helped me a lot with the decision making and the nurses were wonderful.  Thank you so very much for the bereavement counselors also.  They are perfectly suited for the work that they do.  They were non-judgmental and always showed interest even with all of my rantings, cries and talks.  They spent as much time as I needed and I am so grateful for that.  The bereavement staff helped me to see things in a different spectrum.  Seasons Hospice is lucky to have those special people on their team.”

Our Services

Bereavement Support

"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear… The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing… There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says…"
(C. S. Lewis, from A Grief Observed, a journal of his thoughts and feelings after the death of his wife, Joy)

When a Loved One Dies

Ultimately, no one can prepare you for your experience of grief and loss. Each person reacts uniquely to the loss of a loved one. Your grief is unique. Your bereavement is your own, and it can feel devastating. The loss of a loved one can change your life. Even if we believe that we are strong or well-prepared, the feelings of grief can be intense. These feelings are natural – feelings of pain, longing, vulnerability, confusion, sorrow, anxiety, fear, and anger emerge at the time of your loved one's death and often continue for many months.

During this time of grief, you may find relationships changing. Your daily routines and roles may be altered. Your basic assumptions about life may change temporarily, or even permanently. You may face the anxiety and unexpected adventure of reshaping your life. You may not know where to turn for support, care, and help along such an uncharted journey.

The Seasons Hospice team is available to walk with you on your journey through grief and bereavement. We offer a variety of bereavement services, which can include the following:

  • Person-to-person support:
    We are available for counseling, companionship, or conversation -- whether in person, by phone, e-mail, or postal correspondence, from the time of death to a year after your loved one's death. A personal visit request begins with a simple phone call.
  • Memorial services:
    Seasons offers a Celebration of Remembrance that is ecumenical and inter-faith in perspective. We focus on remembering the meaning, purpose, and impact of your loved one's life, regardless of religious affiliation.
  • Educational support groups:
    You'll find that Seasons provides a safe and supportive place for bereaved people to share experiences of loss with each other, to learn from each other about ways to cope and heal, and to form new friendships.
  • Written resources:
    We have a library of materials available that can help you understand and follow your journey through grief and bereavement.

Who Can Benefit?

  • Any family member, partner, friend, or caregiver of a hospice patient may ask for all hospice bereavement services.
  • Anyone who has suffered a recent loss may attend our educational support groups.

A listing of Spring/Summer 2014 grief support group offerings by state, always offered free by Seasons Hospice.

Arizona:

Seasons is forming grief support groups in the West and East valleys.  For more information about our groups or any other bereavement services, please call us at (480) 606-1011.

California-Los Angeles:

 4th Thursday of every month 4 pm, Pasadena Highlands Assisted Living,1575 East Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

RSVP Stephen Peterson at 866.278.7500 or by e-mail at StPeterson@Seasons.org

California – San Bernardino:

Adult Grief/Bereavement Support Group (open to the community)

Sterling Inn, 17738 Francesca Road, Victorville

This six week group begins in January

Call Joann Clifford for details at (900) 367-3814  

 

Grief Educational Seminars (Open to the community)    

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care

8686 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga

Dates and times TBA

Call Joann Clifford for details at (900) 367-3814

California-San Diego:

 Young Women Who Have Lost Their Mothers

(An ideal group for women in their 20s and 30s)

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care

16745 W. Bernardo Drive, Suite #240, San Diego

Meets Wednesdays from January 29, to March 5

Time: 6 to 7:30pm.

Call (858) 592-2000 for more information

 

Bereavement Support Groups

Escondido United Methodist Church

341 S. Kalmia St., Escondido

Meets Thursdays February 13 to March 20

Time: 4:30 to 6pm

Facilitators: Andrew Sweet, Chaplain, and Catia Mompremier, Social Work Intern  

Call (877) 643-0401 to RSVP

 

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego

4190 Front Street, San Diego

Meets Thursdays February 19 to March 26

Time: 5:30 to 7pm

Facilitators:  Marlo Smith, Music Therapist, and Amy Andrews, Music Therapist

Call (877) 643-0401 to RSVP

Delaware:

Newark Senior Center

200 White Chapel Drive,Newark, DE 19713

Meets every 2nd Wednesday & 4th Monday

Time: 10:30 to 11:30am

 

Christ Episcopal Church

501 S. State Street

Dover, DE 19901

Meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday

Time: 4:00 to 5pm

 

Nanticoke Senior Center

1001 W. Locust Street

Seaford, DE 19973

Meets every 2nd Thursday

Time: 9:00 to 10am

 

Claymont Community Center

3301 Green Street

Claymont, DE 19703

Meets every 2nd Thursday

Time: 6:30 to 7:30pm

Florida:

Perdue Medical Center Memorial Service

19590 Old Cutler Road, Miami, Fl 33157 (front entrance)

Meets quarterly on  Thursday, January 30; Thursday, April 24; Thursday, July 31; and Thursday, October 30.

Time: 3pm.

Call (305) 762-3883 for direction or questions

 

Miami Jewish Health Systems Memorial Mass

5200 NE 2nd Ave., Miami

Ruby Auditorium

Meets Thursday, January 16; Thursday, April 17; Thursday, July 17; and Thursday, October 16.

Time: 3pm.

Call (305) 762-3883 for direction or questions

 

Miami Jewish Health Systems Bereavement Memorial

5200 NE 2nd Ave Miami  

Hazel Cypen Tower-Synagogue

Meets Wednesday, January 2; Wednesday, April 3; Wednesday, July 3; and Wednesday, October2.

Time: 3:30pm.

Call (305) 762-3883 for direction or questions

 

Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center Caregiver Support Group

3 Krone at Miami Jewish Health System

5200 NE 2nd Ave Miami

Meets the 2nd Friday of each month

Time: 3pm.

Call (305) 762-3883 for direction or questions

 

Mt Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center Bereavement Group

4306 Alton Road, Miami Beach

2nd Floor Conference Room

Meets Thursday, January 16th

Time: 2 to 3:30pm.

Call (305) 762-3883 for direction or questions

 

Riverside Care Center Memorial Mass (Creole)

899 NW 4th Street Miami

Meets Tuesday, January 7

Time: 10:30am.

Call (305) 762-3883 for direction or questions

Georgia:   

Plantation South Duluth

3450 Duluth Park Lane, Duluth

Meets the 2nd Friday of each month

Time: 10 to 11am.

 

Healing Hearts Walk

Murphy Candler Park

1551 West Nancy Creek Drive, Atlanta

Meets the 1st Saturday of each month

Time: 10:30am.

 

Bereavement Support Group

Medlock Gardens

460 Medlock Road, Decatur

Meets the 1st Monday of each month

Time: 10 to 11am.

 

Brookside Senior Living (Emeritus)

4450 Old Hamilton Mill Rd., Buford

Meets the 2nd Monday of each month

Time: 11am.

 

Stone Mountain Estates (Emeritus)

1745 Parke Plaza Circle, Stone Mountain

Meets the 4th Monday of each month

Time: 2:30 pm.

 

Sunrise Ivey Ridge

2950 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month

Time: 4pm.

 

Sunrise at Five Forks

3997 Five Forks Trickum Rd. Lilburn

Meets the last Tuesday of each month

Time: 3pm.

 

Elmcroft of Roswell

400 Marietta Hwy, Roswell

Meets the last Friday of each month

Time: 11am.

 

Illinois

Grief Education and Support Group

Vanguard Westlake Hospital

Westlake Hospital Senior Center

1225 W Lake Street, Melrose Park

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month

Time: 1 to 2pm. 

Call Glenda Gleason, LSW, to RSVP at (847) 830-8284

 

Support group for those who have lost spouses or partners

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care Inpatient Center

2195 W Diehl Road, Naperville

A six-week group meeting Thursdays starting January 30

Time: 10 am

Call Rich Newell, LSW, for information or to RSVP at (630) 200-6542

 

Grief Education and Support Group

Vanguard Weiss Hospice

Seasons Hospice Impatient Center, Family Room

4646 N Marine Drive, Chicago

Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month

Time: 6 to 7pm.

Call Nancy Russell, LSW, to RSVP at (847) 226-0599

 

Vanguard Holy Cross Hospital

Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center

2701 W 68th Street, Chicago

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month

Time: 6 to 7:30pm.

Call Lacresha Roberts, LCSW, to RSVP at (847) 840-6074

 

Grief Group for Children and Parents Who Have Experienced a Family Loss

Oak Park Location to be determined

Meets each Wednesday for an eight week cycle beginning January 22 and ending March 12 (tentative), Time: 6:30 to 7:30pm.

Open to adults and children is age 4 and higher.

Call Mary Catherine Wolverton, MT-BC, to RSVP at (847) 226-5292

 

General Bereavement Support Group

St. Cyprian Church

Second floor Rectory

2601 North Clinton St, River Grove

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month

Time: 7 to 8:30pm.

Call Julia Reed or Laura Parker, to RSVP at (800) 570-8809 or call the Parish at (708) 453-4800

Indiana:

1st Thursday of the month, 4pm-5pm, "Coping with Loss" located in the "Pub" at Carmel Health & Living, 118 Medical Drive, Carmel, IN 46032. Please call 866-400-9692 and ask to register for this support group.

1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 10:30am-11:30am, Bible Study/Support Group, Rawlins House Rehabilitation & Nursing Home, 300 JH Walker Street, Pendleton, IN 46064

Maryland:

Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care

6934 Aviation Blvd, Suite N-R

Glen Burnie, MD

Meets the 2nd Monday of each month

Time: 2 to 3:30pm  

Call (410) 689-7400 to register

 

Northwest Hospital Education Center

5401 Old Court Road, Randallstown

Meets the 4th Thursday of each month

Time: 6 to 7:30pm.

Call (410) 601-9355 to register

 

Sinai Hospital Cancer Institute Conference Room

2401 W. Belvedere Avenue, Baltimore

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month

Time: 6:30 to 8pm.

Call (410) 689-7400 to register

 

Harbor Hospital

Baum Conference Room

3001 South Hanover Street, Baltimore

Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month

Time: 7 to 8:30 pm.

Call (410) 350-2563 to register

 

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Care Center Conference Room in the John R. Burton Pavilion

4940 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore

Meets 1st Tuesday of the month 

Time: 5 to 6:30 pm

Call (410) 550-0291 to register

 

Union Hospitals Cancer Center Suite 100

106 Bow Street, Elkton

Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in April

Meets the 1st Tuesdays May through September 

Time: All meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

For more information they can call either Molly or Joni at (443) 502-9100.

 

Somerford Place: Tea Room

8220 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia

Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month

Time: 5 to 6:3pm.

Call (443) 223-1917 or email jsoumah@seasons.orgto register

 

Brightview Catonsville

912 South Rolling Road, Catonsville

Meets the 4th Thursday of each month

Time: 1pm.

Call (410) 562-9391to register

 

Massachusetts:

Newly Bereaved Workshop (for those who have experienced a loss in the past 3 months)

Held in conjunction with Natick Senior Community Center and Natick MALife After Loss

Location TBD, Mansfield

Meets Monday, January 27, (snow date Feb. 3) 2014

Time: 6 to 8pm

Bereavement Support Group

Facilitators: Gina Richards, LCSW, and Dan Kolodziej, MT-BC

Meets the 1st Tuesday of every month

Time: 6pm.

Call (617) 454-0200 to RSVP or for information

 

Newly Bereaved

One time workshop for those whose loss was one to three months ago

Location TBD

Facilitators: Nancy Sherman, LICSW and Nathalie Mason, SWI

Meets on Monday, January 27, 2014 (snow date is Monday, February 3)

Time: 6 to 8pm.

Call (617) 454-0200 to RSVP or for information

 

Life After Loss Four Week Bereavement Group

Location TBD, Newton

Facilitators: Gina Richards, LCSW, and Nathalie Mason, SWI

Meets on Wednesday January 22, January 29, February 5, and February 12

Time: 11am. to 12 pm.

Call (617) 454-0200 to RSVP or for information

 

Pet Loss

One time workshop for those who are grieving the loss of a pet

Location TBD

Facilitator: Lauren Sommer, LICSW

Meets on a date TBD

Time: 6 to7:30pm.

Call (617) 454-0200 to RSVP or for location and date information

Michigan

Macomb County:

St. Michael’s Activity Center

40501 Hayes, Sterling Heights

Facilitated by Sister Veronica Brune

Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month

Two sessions - from 1 to 2:15pm., and  6:45 to 8pm.

Call (586) 247-0020 to register

 

Wayne County:

Sinai Grace Hospital

6071 West Outer Drive, second floor M202, Detroit

Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Anthony King

Meets every Tuesday

Time: 6:30 to7:30pm.

Call (313)966-3452 to register

 

Oakland County:

Lockwood of Waterford

1407 Skipper Drive, Waterford

Facilitated by Rev. Dennis Saulino

Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month

Time: 11:00am, to 12:00pm.

Call (248) 618-0777 to register

 

Men's Bereavement Support Group

Clarebridge of Farmington Hills

Locations TBD

Monthly Lunch Gathering

Facilitated by Rev. Dennis Saulino

Call (800) 370-8592 for date and location information

 

Washtenaw County:

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care

3009 Miller Road, Ann Arbor

Facilitated by Amy Van Zee, LLMSW

Meets the 1st Tuesday of every month

Time: 5:30 to 6:30pm.

Call 800-370-8592 for info on the Michigan support groups.

 

Missouri:

Westchester House  

550 White Rd, Chesterfield

Meets Friday January 3, and 17

Time: 2 to 3pm.

 

Big Bend Woods Healthcare Center

110 Highland Avenue, Valley Park

Meets Monday, January 13 and Monday, January 27

Time:  2 to 3pm.
 

Sunrise of Des Peres

13460 Manchester Road, Des Peres

Meets every Tuesday

Time: 2 to 3pm.

 

Bereavement Seminars

Surviving the Winter Blues

Feeling as dull and gray as the weather outside? This bereavement seminar will help you to warm your heart after the loss of a loved one.  You will learn strategies and techniques to help you survive the winter blues.

Meets 6 pm. Tuesday, January 7, at The Westchester House, 550 White Road, Chesterfield

For information, call Eric Johnson, (314) 909-6200

Loss of a Soul Mate

Valentine’s Day can be especially hard for those who have suffered the loss of their "soul mate".  In this bereavement seminar you will learn how you might move from the feeling of loss to the comfort of lasting memorial to a life shared together.

Meets Friday, February 7, at 6pm. at the Westchester House, 550 White Road, Chesterfield

For information, call Eric Johnson, (314) 909-6200

Coping Strategies for Loss

Part of the difficulty of grief is the feeling of disorientation following loss.  In this bereavement seminar we will address this with the presentation of coping strategies and techniques designed to help you navigate this time of your life.

Meets 6 pm. Tuesday, March 4, at the Westchester House, 550 White Road, Chesterfield

For information, call Eric Johnson, (314) 909-6200

Religious Faith and Grief

The Easter holiday can be difficult for those who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one.  In this bereavement seminar we will discuss how religious faith can be a comfort and provide insights into the journey of grief.  This seminar is open to those of any religious faith or practice.

Meets 6 pm. Tuesday, April 1, at the Westchester House, 550 White Road, Chesterfield

For information call Eric Johnson, (314) 909-6200

 

Pennsylvania:

Our bereavement groups meet the 3rd Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

At the Phoneixville YMCA 400 E Pothouse Road, Phoenixville

Adult and children's groups run simultaneously.

Texas-Dallas:  

2nd Monday of the month, 6pm at Seasons Hospice office, 8610 Greenville Ave. Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75243

 

Texas-Fort Worth:

 2nd Tuesday of the month Noon, Vista Ridge United Methodist Church, 2901 Denton Tap Road, Lewisville, TX 75067

Wisconsin

Summit Place Glass Patio

6737 W. Washington Street, West Allis

(Located past Rupena’s Café)

This weekly bereavement program begins Monday, March 3rd and ends Monday, April 7.

Time: 6 to 7:30am.

 

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