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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.

Bereavement Newsletters

In collaboration with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, the Seasons Hospice Foundation is proud to deliver For Every Season—a newsletter designed to provide updates and news about our current programs. Written by the experts at Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, the newsletter offers links to resources and tools to support you through your grief journey.

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

Arizona

For 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
The second Tuesday of each month from 4 – 6 pm
Please call our office at 866-278-
7500 if you are interested.

Sacramento

Collage for the Soul
A Collaboration between Creative Edge, Bread of Life
and Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
Bread of Life
1260 Fulton Ave., Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95825
Please RSVP to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
by 9/23 to: (916) 307-6458

 

Support Group for the Bereaved
Facilitated by the Supportive Care staff of Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in partnership with Bread of Life
Free 6 Week Event
Bread of Life
1260 Fulton Avenue, Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95825

July 22
July 29
August 5
August 12
August 19
August 26
12:00-1:30 pm
For more information or to rsvp, please ask for Sarah Hewes or Christian Tudino at (916) 307-6458

Orange County

Oakmont of Orange
630 The City Dr S
Orange, CA 92868
Starting March
2nd Tuesday of the month
2 pm

Please call 866-707-2483 for more information.

 

San Bernardino:

Anticipatory Grief Group
Sunrise Center
21810 Hwy 18, Apple Valley
(602) 909-0596
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.

This is a peer support group for adults and children to share their feelings and create an understanding of their grief for a person that has been diagnosed as terminal but has not yet died.

 

For more information or to sign up, please contact Susie Baker MSW 909-204-0860

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

San Diego:

Growing Through Grief Groups

Mission Valley Library
Seminar Room 2
2123 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego
September 5-October 10
Wednesdays 6:30-7:45pm
Facilitated by Social Workers Lisa Howe and Irene Ona

 

Escondido United Methodist Church
Lounge
341 S. Kalmia St., Escondido
Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 pm
September 12-October 17
Facilitated by Bereavement Coordinator Andrew Sweet.

 

For more information on our support groups, please call (877) 643-0401

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

Butterfly Release & Memorial Service
July 13th, 2019 at 10:30 am
Anthem Community Park Shelter
15663 Sheridan Boulevard
Broomfield, CO 80020
To rsvp, please call Linda at 720-504-1309 or email LFreund@seasons.org.

 

For support or for the latest update on scheduled grief support groups, please call our staff at 855-444-4035.

Connecticut

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

Delaware

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)

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.

For support or for the latest update, please call our staff at (877) 731-9299.

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

Grief Support Group
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Ste C120,
Atlanta, GA 30342
Every 2nd Wed at 2pm

Grief Support Group
Seasons Hospice Inpatient Unit
8013 Majors Rd, Cumming, GA 30041
Every 4th Thurs at 2pm

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.

 

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

Naperville Inpatient Center
2195 W. Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563
Every 4th Wednesday
3:30-4:30 pm

 

For support or the latest updates, please call our office at (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

For information about any of our support groups, please call 888-523-600 or email maikins@seasons.org.

Baltimore City

Harbor Hospital
Baum Conference Room
3001 South Hanover St.
Baltimore, MD 21225
2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm

Baltimore County:
Northwest Hospital: Seasons
Hospice IPC Conference Room
(3rd Floor)
5401 Old Court Road
Randallstown, MD 21133
2nd  Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm

 

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

 

Carroll County
Eldersburg Branch Library: Meeting Room
6400 W. Hemlock Dr. Eldersburg, MD 21784
2019 Dates include:

June 20 at 6:30 pm
July 18 at 6:30 pm
August 27 at 6:30 pm
September 17 at 6:30 pm
October 15 at 6:30 pm

 

Cecil County
Elkton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
1 Price Drive
Elkton, MD 21921
1st Wednesday of each month at 3:30 pm

Harford County:
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care:
Conference Room
4692 Millennium Dr. Suite 405
Belcamp, MD 21017
2nd Wednesday of each month at 4:30 pm

 

Howard County:
Life Beyond Loss: Men’s Bereavement Group
6-week group
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
5457 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21045
2019 dates include:
July 30 at 6:30 pm
August 6 at 6:30 pm
August 13 at 6:30 pm
August 20 at 6:30 pm
August 27 at 6:30 pm
September 3 at 6:30 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
4th Wednesday of each month (call to confirm)
2:00 pm
Burlington Council on Aging
61 Center Street
Burlington
Drop-in

Please call Annemarie Thompson, Bereavement Specialist, at 866-670-9449 to register or request more information.

Michigan

Bereavement Support Groups

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.

Wayne County:

Sinai Grace Hospital
6071 West Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48235
Second Floor M202 (313) 966-3452
Facilitated by Chaplain Judy Schlueter
And Chesney Jones Ward
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

Morning Drop-In Open Group
Every Other Thursday
11:00 am-12:15 pm
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
3660 South Geyer Rd, Suite 120
Sunset Hills, MO 63127

Nevada

Sunrise Assisted Living
1050 East Lake Mead, Henderson
Starting April 1st, 1st Monday of every month
6:00 pm

For more information on our support groups, please call (855) 285-8156.

Pacifica Senior Living – San Martin
8375 W. Capovilla Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89113
2nd Tuesday of the month
2:00 pm

New Jersey

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

Oregon

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, 6 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 from 10-11 am

 

South Houston Office
4500 E. Sam Houston Parkway S, Ste. 255
Pasadena
Every 1st Thursday from 11 am-12:00 noon.

We may change times depending on the turnout;
please call 855-893-0530 for the latest information.

San Antonio

Please contact our staff at (855) 425-1055 to find out the latest information on our scheduled support groups.

Wisconsin

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