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Bereavement Support

When a Loved One Dies

“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)

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 people to share experiences of loss with each other, to learn from each other about ways to cope and heal, and move forward.
  • 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 in the communities that we serve who has suffered a recent loss may attend our educational support groups.

A listing of Fall, Winter, and Holiday 2017 grief support group offerings by state, always offered free by Seasons Hospice.

Arizona

For more information about support groups or any other bereavement services, please call us at 480-606-1011.

California

Los Angeles:

Seasons Hospice
320 W. Arden Ave, Ste 100
Glendale, CA 91203
October 12, November 9 &
December 7 from 4-6 p.m.
Please call our office at 866-278-
7500 if you are interested.

Sacramento

Seasons Hospice
2295 Gateway Oaks Dr., Ste. 165,
Sacramento, CA 95833
The first Monday of the month,
from 6-8 p.m.

Orange County

Annual Celebration of Life will
be held in Orange County the morning of
Saturday, December 2.
Please call Chris Carpenter,
Chaplain & Bereavement Specialist,
at 657-236-1685 regarding your interest.

Bereavement/grief support groups
are offered at various times and locations
based on interest.

 

San Bernardino:

For more information about support groups or any other bereavement services, please call us at 855-803-1136

San Diego:

We will be offering a “Coping With Grief at the Holidays” group workshop in early December, location and date TBD. For more information on this and other groups, call Andrew Sweet, at 858-592-2000, regarding your interest.

 

Bereavement Support Group
San Marcos Senior Activity Center
111 Richmar Ave.
San Marcos, CA 92069
1st Wednesday of each Month
2:00-3:00 pm

California- Northern:
San Jose Area

The Bereavement Groups in San
Jose and Santa Clara County are
constantly being formed to
meet the changing needs of our
bereaved. Please call the office
at 408-963-2800 for the most
up-to-date information about
groups or for individual counseling.

Colorado

We do not have any bereavement support groups scheduled at this time. For support or for the latest update, please call our staff at 855-444-4035.

Connecticut

Coping With Grief at the Holidays
December 5, 2017, from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Thrive Church
284 Town Hill Road
Terryville, CT 06786

Coping With Grief at the Holidays
December 19, 2017, from 3:00-4:30 pm
Thrive Church
284 Town Hill Road
Terryville, CT 06786

 

For support or for the latest update, please call our staff at 866-244-2199.

Delaware

New Castle County

Coping with Loss Through the Holidays
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
220 Continental Dr., Ste. 407, Newark
Meets weekly, Oct. 2-Nov. 20, 6-7 p.m.
Registration required; call
302-533-3800 for more info.

 

Strategies for Coping with Loss
During the Holidays
Wednesday, December 6
Location TBD, 6-7:30 p.m.
For details, contact Pat at 302-540-0890, or
plandis@seasons.org.

 

The Summit Assisted Living
5850 Limestone Rd., Hockessin
Quarterly Winter/Spring support
groups/workshops, TBD
Registration required

 

Expressing Grief Through Arts
220 Continental Dr., Ste. 407, Newark
4 weekly sessions, Mondays, in the
Fall, dates TBD; 6-7:30 p.m.
Open to both children & adults.
Facilitators Paula Gallimore, MSW;
Samantha Culin, LSW
Registration required; call 302-415-291

 

Newark Senior Center
200 Whitechapel Dr., Newark
2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each
month, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Call 302-533-3800 for more info.
Open group (no pre-registration
required)

Kent County
Christ Episcopal Church
523 S. State St., Dover
Call 302-533-3800 for details.
Registration required.

Sussex County

Nanticoke Senior Center
1001 W. Locust Street, Seaford
1st Tuesday of every month
1-2:30 p.m.
Open group (no pre-registration
required)

Florida

Broward

No Seasons-supported
bereavement groups are
scheduled at this time. Please
call 866-243-9104 for the most
up-to-date information or
additional support.

Miami/Dade

St. Louis Catholic Church,
Room A, 7270 SW 120th St.,
Pinecrest: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
of each month, 7-9 p.m.

 

Iglesia Metodista Unido
Westwood (español/portugués)
10780 SW 56th St.,
Miami: 2nd & 4th martes
mensual, 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Victory in Christ Support
Group, Trinity Church School,
655 NW 125th St, N. Miami:
2nd Thursday of each month,
6:30-8 p.m.

Hillsborough County

Bereavement/Grief Support
workshops are offered at various
times and locations based
on interest. Please call Amanda
Zubillaga at 813-607-2630 regarding
your interest and we
will inform you of the next
group being offered. We will
also be able to inform you of
support groups in your area.

Georgia

Caregiver Support Group
Camellia Place
294 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock

 

The Bereavement team in Atlanta, Georgia offers bereavement support groups throughout Metro Atlanta. Please contact the local office at 404-250-4950 for more information if you are interested in attending one of the established support groups or need individualized bereavement support.

Illinois

Weiss Memorial Hospital
8th floor, Conference Room A
4646 N. Marine Dr., Chicago, IL
2nd Tuesday of the month
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Holy Cross Hospital
Seasons Hospice Inpatient Care Center
6th floor
2701 W. 68th St., Chicago, IL
2nd Tuesday of the month
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

MacNeal Hospital
Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center
4th floor
3249 S. Oak Park Ave, Berwyn, IL
2nd Wednesday of the month
1:00-2:00 p.m.

 

Seasons Hospice Naperville Inpatient Care Center
2195 W Diehl Rd, Naperville, IL
4th Wednesday of the month,
3:00-4:00 p.m.

Grief Workshop
Seasons Hospice Office
6880 N. Frontage Road, Suite 100,
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
4th Thursday of the month, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Grief Workshop
Seasons Hospice Office
606 Potter Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
2nd Thursday of the month, 6:00-7:00
p.m.

Bereavement Club
The Springs of Monarch Landing
Naperville
2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Gratitude and Grief at Church of
St. Benedict, Bolingbrook
1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month,
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Contact for this group: Stephen
Erickson, Chaplain, 800-570-8809

Indiana

We do not have any bereavement support groups scheduled at this time as we are still in the planning stages. For support or for the latest update, please call our staff at 866-400-9692.

 

Seasons Hospice also offers intensive grief workshops and support groups for our pediatric patients’ families on an as needed basis. If you are interested in joining one of these groups, please call our toll free number 866-400-9692 to register.

Maryland

Sinai Hospital: Cancer Institute Conference Room
2401 W. Belvedere Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215
3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm

Harbor Hospital: Baum ConferenceRoom
3001 South Hanover Street
Baltimore, MD 21225
2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Parker Conference Room 1
5601 Loch Raven Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21239
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 4:30 pm

For more information, please call 1-888-523-6000 or email at SGroves@seasons.org

 

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
Conference Room
253 Lewis Lane, Suite 303
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
2nd Wednesday of the month at 4:30 pm

Northwest Hospital
Seasons Hospice IPC Conference Room (3rd Floor)
5401 Old Court Road
Randallstown, MD 21133
4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm
** Please call 410-701-4565

Franklin Square Hospital
Conference Room A
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237
1st Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm

 

Eldersburg Branch Library: Meeting Room
6400 W. Hemlock Drive
Eldersburg, MD 21784
2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm

 

2018 dates for this group include:

January 11 & 25, February 15, March 15 & 29, April 19, May 10 & 24, June 14, July 12 & 26, August 16, September 13 & 27, October 18, November 15, & December 13.

For more information, please email DCampbell@seasons.org or call 1-888-523-6000.

Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation House
229 E. Main St.
Elkton, MD 21921
1st Tuesday of each month at 3:30 pm

Massachusetts

Life after Loss Bereavement Support Group
Village at Willow Crossing
25 Cobb Street, Mansfield
Third Tuesday of every month
6 p.m.
Drop-in

Life After Loss Bereavement Group
(co-sponsored by Trustees of Milton Cemetery)
Ongoing 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
6:00-7:30 PM
211 Centre Street
Milton, MA (office next to house)
Drop-in

Life After Loss Bereavement Group
4th Wednesday of each month (call to confirm)
Burlington Council on Aging
61 Center Street
Burlington
781-270-1950
Drop-in

 

Please call Josie Galyon, Bereavement Specialist, at 617-454-0200 to register or request more information.

Michigan

Missing A Parent During the Holidays
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
1 Heritage Place
Southgate, MI 48195
Monday, November 27, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:00 p.m.

 

Macomb County
St Michael Catholic Church (West side of street)
40501 Hayes Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
586-419-0805
Facilitated by Sister Veronica Brune
1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month
Two Sessions: 1pm-2:15pm;
6:45pm-8:00 p.m.
Must call 586-419-0805 to register
for the evening sessions.

Oakland County:
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care (South doors)
27355 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
800-370-8592
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Raafat Hanna-BCC
Thursdays 5:30pm-7:00 p.m.

 

Men’s Bereavement Support Group
Farmington Hills
Locations and dates TBD
Monthly Lunch Gathering
Facilitated by Rev. Dennis Saulino
Please call 800-370-8592 for dates/locations

 

Lockwood of Waterford
1407 Skipper Dr
Waterford, MI 48327 (248) 618-0777
Facilitated by Rev. Dennis Saulino
1st Tuesday of each month
11:00am-12:30 p.m.

 

Coping With Change
Waltonwood Twelve Oaks
27475 Huron Cir., Novi
2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month,
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Facilitated by Lyndsy Adamson,
MT-BC

Wayne County:
Sinai Grace Hospital
6071 West Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48235
Second Floor M202 (313)966-3452
Facilitated by Chaplain Judy Schlueter
And Sarah Kahn MT-BC
Every Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm

 

Mosaic Midtown Church
80 W. Alexandrine St., Detroit
Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Raafat Hanna,
BCC

Missouri

Coping with Loss Support Group
Westchester House
550 White Rd., Chesterfield
1st Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m.

A Light In The Darkness: Annual Memorial Service
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
3660 S. Geyer Rd. Suite #120
St. Louis, MO 63127
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 4 pm

To RSVP, please call Seasons Hospice at (888) 461-7733

Nevada

Las Vegas
Sunrise Assisted Living
1050 East Lake Mead, Henderson
2nd Monday of every month
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Heritage Assisted Living
8720 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas
2nd Thursday of every month
1:00-2:00 p.m.

New Jersey

Please call our office at 609-570-4800 for information on current support groups.

Oregon

Holiday Bereavement Workshop
Hearthstone of Beaverton
12520 SW Hart Road
Beaverton, OR 97008
Monday, December 18th, 2017
3:00 pm

Please RSVP to:
Vitalia Brooks (503) 265-6600

Holiday Bereavement Workshop
Hearthstone of Beaverton
12520 SW Hart Road
Beaverton, OR 97008
Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
3:00 pm

Please RSVP to:
Vitalia Brooks (503) 265-6600

Bereavement Support Group
6400 Macadam Ave,
Portland, OR
October 26-December 6.

 

Please contact our staff at 866-238-8010 to find out the latest information on our scheduled support groups.

Pennsylvania

Adult Bereavement Support Group
Phoenixville YMCA
400 E Posthouse Rd
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Every third Monday of the month, 5:30-6:30 pm

 

Please call our office at 610-382-1800 to inform us of your interest and we will inform you of the next group being offered. We will also be able to inform you of support groups in your area.

Texas

Dallas/Fort Worth:

Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center at
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-Dallas
8200 Walnut Hill Lane,
Main Building/7th floor
Dallas
Held the 3rd Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m.
For more information, call 214-345-7790 or
817-887-0017

Houston:

North Houston Office
10318 Lake Rd., Bldg. C, Ste. 102,
Houston
Every 3rd Thursday of each month: October 20,
November 17 & December 15; 10-11 a.m.

 

South Houston Office
4500 E. Sam Houston Parkway S, Ste. 255
Pasadena
Every 1st Thursday: October 5, November 2 &
December 7; 11 a.m.-12 noon
We may change times depending on the turnout;
please call 855-893-0530 for the latest information.

San Antonio

Coronado of Stone Oak
19638 Stone Oak Pkwy.
San Antonio
1st Tuesday of each month: October 3, November 7
& December 5 (unless we cancel because of the
holidays), 6:30 p.m.

Wisconsin

Fall Grief Workshop
November 30

Resilience – Going On When You Can’t Go On:

Grief can make us feel overwhelmingly powerless. What drives people forward? What holds others back? Why do some mourners recover from grief quickly –much more quickly – than others? This group will explore how facing adversity and building resilience will help us go on and even find joy.

Please RSVP! If you or anyone in your family would like to attend, please RSVP to bereavement specialist Betty McManus at 414-454-7027 (direct line). If possible, please RSVP no later than the day before any given event so we can plan accordingly.

 

Please contact our staff at 800-379-5105 to find out the latest information on our scheduled support groups.