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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

Grief Recovery Method Group
Introductory Session held on Thursday, April 5th 6:30-8:30pm
THE 8-WEEK PROGRAM WILL BEGIN on Thursday, April 12th 6:30-8:30pm
Hosted by Sunrise of Gilbert
580 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85296
For further information or to RSVP contact:
Concierge • Sunrise of Gilbert • 480-632-9400
Debbie Newport • Seasons Hospice• 480-493-8243

 

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

Sacramento

Grief & Bereavement Support Groups
Facilitated by the Supportive Care Staff of Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
Day and evening gatherings hosted by:
Bread of Life
1260 Fulton Avenue, Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95825

First Mondays 6-8 pm AND Second Mondays 12-2pm.
For more information and/or additional resources, please call: (916) 307-6458

Orange County

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

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

Butterfly Release and Memorial Service
Saturday, July 21 at 10:30 a.m.
Cotton Creek Park Pavilion
11199 Stuart Street, Westminster, CO 80031

 

The ceremony will incorporate music, reflection and a butterfly release. If you would like the name of your loved one read during the service, please RSVP with the name of the person to be honored. For more information or to RSVP, call Linda Freund at 720-504-1309 or email at LFreund@seasons.org.

 

For support or for the latest update, 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

New Castle County

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

 

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)

 

Supporting Kids & Seasons Hospice
Children’s grief support group (for ages 5-18 & their caregivers)
TBD Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
1213 Old Lancaster Pike
Hockessin, DE  19707
Facilitators: Katherine Harp, MSW; and Caitlyn Williams, MT
Contact: Katherine Harp (302) 513-1040

 

The Following Groups are all held at:
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
220 Continental Drive, Suite 407, Newark

 

SoulCollage
Mondays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25th (4 weekly sessions)
6:00-7:30 pm
Facilitators: Paula Gallimore, MSW; Colleen Clark, Chaplain
Registration required.
Contact: (302) 415-2915 or email PGallimore@seasons.org

 

Grief Coping Skills
August 15; 6:00-7:30 PM
Facilitator: Pat Landis, MS, Counseling

 

Spring Cleaning Grief Workshop
April 19, 2018, 6:00-7:30 pm
Facilitators: Fa Lane, Chaplain; Sara Tipton, MT,

 

End of Life Planning
Using “Hello” Game
DATE:  One evening workshop, July 18 & Oct 17, 2018
TIME:  6:00 – 7:30 PM

 

Holiday Rituals to Help w/Loss
MEETS: One evening workshop, November 14, 2018; 6:00-7:30 PM

 

Coping with Grief during the Holidays
MEETS: One evening workshop, Dec. 5, 2018; 6:00-7:30 PM

Kent County

Future grief support group/Dover Library
Dover, DE 19901
Dates: 4 weekly sessions:  Sept. 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2018
Time: TBD

 

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)

 

CAMP Rehoboth Support Group
Six Sessions:  Oct. 11, 25; Nov. 8; Dec 6 & 20, 2018)
37 Baltimore Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
Registration Required:  Please call Sal at (302) 227-5620
(No new participants after Oct. 25, to maintain group integrity.)

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.

 

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

6 Week Support Group
Seasons Hospice Office
6880 N. Frontage Road, Suite 100,
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Weekly on Tuesdays, February 13-March 20
6:00pm-7:00pm

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

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

Men’s Bereavement Support Group
This is a closed group, which will meet for 6 sessions every other Tuesday beginning May 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm
**To RSVP for this group, please call 1-888-523-6000 or email at VSamuels@seasons.org
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care: Conference Room
5457 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21045

Loss of a Spouse Support Group
8 week group for people who have lost a spouse
beginning on June 21, 2018
**To RSVP for this group, please call 410-466-9200
Jewish Community Services
3506 Gwynnbrook Ave
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Service of Remembrance
Honoring Those We Have Lost
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Located at Northwest Hospital: Education Center from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
5401 Old Court Road Randallstown, MD 21133
To RSVP, please call Madeline Aikins at 1-888-523-6000 or email at MAikins@seasons.org

 

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

 

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
4th 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
2018 Dates include:
April 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm
May 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm
May 24, 2018 at 6:30 pm
June 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm

 

Cecil County
Union Hospital Foundation
147 W. High St. Elkton, MD 21921
1st Tuesday of each month at 3:30 pm

Alternate Date & Location for May 2018:
May 8, 2018 at 3:30 pm
*The May 2018 group meeting will be located at the Cecil County Library
301 Newark Ave. Elkton, MD 21921
For any questions, please call 1-888-523-6000

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
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care:
Conference Room
5457 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21045
1st Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm
*Please call 1-888-523-6000 if you are
attending the group and unable to enter the building.

 

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

Bereavement Support Groups

 

Missing Our Parents
Tuesday – June 5, 2018  5:30pm – 7:30 pm
The Village of East Harbor
33875 Kiely Dr, Chesterfield, MI 48047 – Chapel

Letting Go of Guilt: Finding Forgiveness
Thursday- June 7, 2018 6:00pm-8:00pm
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
27355 John R Rd., Madison Heights, MI

 

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:

Seasons Conference Room, 5th floor
Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
2333 Biddle Ave. Wyandotte, MI 48192
Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:00pm
June 13 through July 25 (no meeting on 7/4/18)

 

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

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

 

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

Spring Memorial Service
May 23, location and time tbd
Please call 866-243-2157 for more information and to reserve a seat.

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, 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 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

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

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