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Grief & Bereavement

 

Watch this short video to understand more about the grieving and bereavement process

What we’d like you to know:

  • Grief, sadness, and even feelings of relief are a normal part of losing a loved one or family member.
  • Seasons Hospice provides 13 months of bereavement support to you after your loved one passes- you are not alone.
  • There are differences between normal grieving and unhealthy grieving. Reach out for support if you are struggling.
  • It is possible for you to find a ‘new normal’ that honors the memory of your loved one and also allows you to live a healthy life after they die.

Understanding Grief and Bereavement:

Seasons Hospice has a team of people that not only care about your loved one, but care about supporting you emotionally and psychologically while you anticipate the decline of your loved one. We have supportive care team members like social workers, music therapists, chaplains, and specialty volunteers that focus on what it means to lose a loved one and help you understand what to expect while your loved one is experiencing changes in their condition.

Grief is unique, and each loss is slightly different, but there are feelings that are normal to experience when processing the death of your loved one. Your Seasons Hospice team helps you to identify feelings of sadness, sorrow and anger and assists with plans to connect to your community, family, and other local professional services for support if needed.

Seasons Hospice provides 13 months of bereavement support after your loved one dies. During this time we focus on reaching out to you during the weeks after your loved one’s death to provide emotional care, resource referrals, and social connection. There are multiple ways Seasons provides this bereavement support to families and caregivers, but we have found that each person is often drawn to a specific type of support.

The hospice team social worker may recommend individual or family counseling, online grief groups, informational newsletters, or periodic phone contacts based on your story and your desired amount of emotional support. Most people feel strengthened, encouraged, and cared for when they learn more about the grieving process. Once they understand how it affects them and identify coping strategies, they often find themselves learning new methods to help themselves through their personal grief experience.

Grief is difficult and feeling stuck can be normal – but if it persists, please reach out for help. Often, not dealing with unhealthy grief can be interpreted as stoicism or ‘putting on a brave face’, but in the long run, processing these emotions is much healthier and allows for closure in a way that honors the loved one who has been lost. Seasons can support you via a private session or a group session, and we’ll always honor and respect your privacy and wishes.

We are here to help you continue honoring your loved one.

Common questions you can ask your visiting hospice care team about grief and bereavement:

  1. Tell me about the emotional and mental health support available to me while I am caregiving and/or anticipating my loved one’s changing condition.
  2. What does bereavement support look like before my loved one dies?
  3. Is there specialized support available for children?
  4. What is a legacy project? And, how can I make that meaningful for me in my grief journey?
  5. If I am feeling scared, overwhelmed, or just need a break – is there an option to seek respite care for my loved one? Tell me how this would work for my loved one and our family?
  6. What feelings are normal to have?
  7. What happens when my feelings are unsafe?

Resources:

Grief Support

 

Grieving Children and Families

 

Grief Camp for Children

 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

 

Mental Health Helpline

 

Grief and Loss Resources

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