"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.
How We Help With Grief
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:
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.
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.
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.
Bereavement Support Group Upcoming Dates:
A listing of Spring/Summer 2012 grief support group offerings by state, always offered free by Seasons Hospice.
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
Contact Bereavement Specialist Andrew Sweet at the Seasons San Diego Office, 877-643-0401, for more information or to receive personal assistance.
2nd Tuesday of the month 5:30pm-6:30pm at Foulk Manor N. Nursing Home, 1212 Foulk Road, Wilmington DE 19803
2nd Wednesday of the month 10:30am-11:30am at Newark Senior Center, 200 White Chapel Drive, Newark, DE 19713
2nd Wednesday of the month 1pm-2pm, Easter Seals Tunnel Center, 22317 DuPont Hwy, Georgetown, DE 19947
4th Tuesday of the month 4pm-5pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 501 S. State Street, Dover, DE 19901
1st Friday of the month- Heritage Shores Community Members Group- 10am-11:30am, 1 Heritage Way, Bridgeville, DE
3rd Friday of the month at 7pm-8pm at Stanton Memorial Baptist Church, 50 N.E. 119 Street, Miami, Fl 33161
3rd Tuesday of the month 6:30pm at Seasons Hospice office, 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 110, Alpharetta, Georgia 30022
2nddadfgdfg2nd Tuesday of the month 6pm-7pm, Holy Cross Hospital- Seasons Hospice Unit, 2710 W. 68th Place, Chicago– 3rd Floor
1st Wednesday of the month 6pm-7:30pm, Weiss Memorial Hospital - Seasons Hospice Unit, 4646 N Marine Drive, Chicago
2nd Thursday of the month 6pm-7:30pm, 1225 West Lake Street, 3rd floor, Elevator A, Melrose Park, IL 60160
Every Thursday, 7:30pm-9pm, Edward Hospital – Education Wing, 801 S. Washington, Naperville, Il. 60540
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
Every Thursday, 7:30Maryland- Elkton:
1st Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm-8:30 pm at Elkton Care & Rehab, 1 Price Drive, Elkton, MD 21921
3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Seasons Hospice office, 253 Lewis Lane, Suite 303, Havre de Grace, MD 21078
4th Thursday of the month 6pm–7:30pm, Northwest Hospital: Education Center, 5401 Old Court Road, Randallstown, MD 21133
2nd Wednesday of the month 7pm-8:30pm, Harbor Hospital: Baum Conference Room, 3001 South Hanover Street, Baltimore, MD 21225
1st Tuesday of the month 5pm–6:30pm, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center: Care Center Conference Room in the John R. Burton Pavilion, 4940 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224
3rd Wednesday of the month 6:30pm—8pm, Sinai Hospital, Cancer Institute Conference Room (enter through Main Hospital entrance), 2401 West Belvedere Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215
To RSVP or for more info about any Seasons Hospice Massachusetts bereavement groups and events, please call (617) 454-0200
1st Tuesday of every month 6:00pm, "Life After Loss" Bereavement Support Group. The Village at Willows Crossing, 25 Cobb Street, Mansfield, MA. Facilitators: Gina Richards, LCSW & Dan Kolodziej, MT-BC.
4-week, Daytime Grief Support Group: February 19, February 26, March 5, and March 12 at 11:00am. Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care Office (Riverside Center), Newton, MA. Facilitators: Gina Richards, LCSW & Lindsay Heightsman-Gardner, SWI.
Tuesday, February 26, 6:00pm. Common Reactions to Grief: A One-Time Evening Group. Hosted by The Gardens at Gethsemane in West Roxbury. Facilitators: Lauren Sommer, LICSW & Meg Carley, SWI.
Tuesday, March 26, 6:00pm. The Tasks of Mourning: A One-Time Evening Group. Hosted by The Gardens at Gethsemane in West Roxbury. Facilitators: Lauren Sommer, LICSW & Meg Carley, SWI.
Mondays, April 15, 22, and 29, 6:00pm. Lean on Me: Dealing with Loss through Music. Arlington, MA. Facilitators: Leeann Hackett, MT-BC & Danielle Hopkins, MT-BC.
Thursday, April 25, 6:30pm. Spring Service of Remembrance. Wellesley, MA.
Call 800-370-8592 for info on the Michigan support groups.
Every Monday starting Jan. 14th, 2013 from 6:30pm-7:30pm, "Life Beyond Loss", Church of the Redeemer, 18140 Cornell Rd, Southfield, MI 48075.
Every Tuesday from 6:30pm–7:30pm, "Life Beyond Loss", Sinai Grace Hospital, 6071 West Outer Drive, Second Floor M202, Detroit, MI 48235. Contact (313) 966-3452.
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, two sessions available: 1pm-3pm and 6:45pm-8pm, St. Michael’s Activity Center, 40501 Hayes, Sterling Heights, MI 48312. Contact (586) 247-0020.
1st Tuesday of every month beginning Feb. 5th, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care Office, 3009 Miller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Contact Amy Van Zee, MSW (800) 370-8592
3rd Tuesday of the month beginning October 16, 6pm-7pm, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care Office, 27355 John R Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071
Thursdays March 7-April 25, 2013, 5:30pm-7:00pm, Erin Presbyterian Church, 30000 Gratiot, Roseville, MI 48066. NO CLASS ON MARCH 28, 2013.
5:30pm-6:30 pm May 21 atPhoenixville YMCA, 400 E. Pothouse Rd., Phoenixville, PA 19460
2nd Monday of the month, 6pm at Seasons Hospice office, 8610 Greenville Ave. Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75243
2nd Tuesday of the month Noon, Vista Ridge United Methodist Church, 2901 Denton Tap Road, Lewisville, TX 75067