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.
- Virtual educational support groups:
We are currently offering our support groups virtually. 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 virtual educational support groups.
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 virtual grief support group offerings by state, always offered free by Seasons Hospice.
Many of our groups are made possible by the contributions of the Seasons Hospice Foundation.
For information about virtual support groups or any other bereavement services, please call us at 480-606-1011.
For more information on our virtual support groups, please call 866-278-7500.
For information on our virtual support groups, please call 855-465-6845.
For information on our virtual support groups, please call 866-707-2483.
For more information about virtual support groups or any other bereavement services, please call us at 855-803-1136.
For information on our virtual support groups, please call (877) 643-0401.
San Jose Area
For information on our virtual support groups, please call 408-963-2800.
For support or for the latest update on virtual grief support groups, please call our staff at 855-444-4035.
Please call 866-244-2199 for information about our virtual grief support groups.
Virtual Open Grief Group: Don’t Grieve Alone
First Tuesday of every month
6:00 – 7:30 pm
To register, please call Pat Landis 302-533-3800 or email at Plandis@seasons.org
In partnership with House of Wright, we are offering virtual grief support groups to ensure you do not face grief alone. If you have experienced the passing of a family member, friend, or pet we can help you cope through grief. Please register for a group session that works best for you. Two Groups and contacts listed below:
Wilmington, Delaware 3rd Tuesday of each Month – Ongoing
August 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15
6:00 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.
To register, please contact: Doug Achtert at 302.533.3800 or email email@example.com
Smyrna, Delaware 3rd Thursday of each Month – Ongoing
August 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17
6:00 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.
To register, please contact: Kevin Benjamin at 302.533.3800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting Veteran Spouses
Every 4th Monday of the Month
Contact: Meghan Collier or Ben Mattocks at 302.533.3800
Please call 866-243-9104 to rsvp and for the most up-to-date information or additional support.
For support or for the latest update on our virtual offerings, please call our staff at (877) 731-9299.
Virtual Bereavement Group
First Friday of the month from 12:15 pm to 1 pm.
To register or for additional support, please call our staff at (866) 824-9699.
Please contact the local office at 404-250-4950 for more information on current virtual support options.
For support or the latest updates, please call our office at (800) 570-8809.
For support or for the latest update, please call our staff at 866-400-9692.
For information about virtual support groups, please call 888-523-600 or email email@example.com.
Journeying Through Grief: A Rolling 4 Week Support Group for the Newly Bereaved
Attendees are required to register and attend all 4 sessions. Each session will offer education about the grief process and coping strategies to navigate the challenges of life after a significant loss.
4 consecutive Tuesdays at 5 – 6 pm
Begins the 1st Tuesday of every month 5 pm-6 pm
4th Wednesday of the month
Support for Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Crisis
3rd Thursday of the month
Loss Due to COVID-19
1st Monday of the month
To register or learn more, please contact Chaplain Jonathan Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org or via 866-670-9449.
Online Grief Support Group
Second and Fourth Thursdays
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
August 13th & 27th
September 10th & 24th
October 8th & 22nd
Please call us at (800) 370-8592 to learn about our virtual bereavement group options.
Please call us at (888) 461-7733 to learn about our virtual support grief options.
For more information on our virtual support groups, please call (855) 285-8156.
Supporting Each Other Through the Grief Journey
First Monday of the Month
10am & 6pm
Please call our office at 609-570-4800 for information on virtual support groups.
Please contact our staff at 866-238-8010 to find out the latest information on our virtual support groups.
Please call our office at 610-382-1800 to learn about our virtual support groups.
For more information about our virtual offerings or for support, call 214-345-7790 or
For more information about our virtual offerings or for support, please call 855-893-0530.
Please contact our staff at (855) 425-1055 to find out the latest information on our virtual support groups.
Please contact our staff at 800-379-5105 to find out more about virtual support options.