Grief is a natural response to losing a loved one
Grief provides an opportunity to work through complicated feelings and learn how to live in a new way. Each person’s grief is distinct and individual. What makes your grieving process unique is the personal relationship you had with your loved one, the expressions of your individual feelings and thoughts, and possibly even your physical symptoms. No matter what shape your grieving takes, you never have to go through it alone.
Our Skilled Bereavement Care Team
At East End Hospice, members of our bereavement team are certified social workers, nurse practitioners, and psychotherapists, extensively trained in grief therapy. When you call, you will talk with a social worker or therapist, and make an appointment to meet to discuss what is the best approach for you Our staff will encourage you to talk of your feelings in a safe, comforting environment among others who share your sense of loss.
The East End Hospice Approach
East End Hospice provides support and comfort to families and friends of patients. We’re here to guide you through your personal grief, and help you cope with your loss. East End Hospice’s approach to hospice care creates a patient and family environment of hope, comfort, and dignity. This approach continues throughout the bereavement process, with services and counselors to help families heal.
- Individual attention – Social workers are available to assist you, whether you have concerns during your loved one’s illness or you are worried about the impact of the situation on you and your family.
- Continuous contact – A social worker, as part of your hospice team, will remain in contact with you for up to 13 months. Care is extended through phone calls, mailings of bereavement literature, support groups, and a memorial service. Your relationship with your social worker is based entirely on your needs.
- Support groups – Finding strength in others. If you find solace through meeting others, we will introduce you to people, like yourself, who have also experienced a loss. Support groups meet regularly on the North and South Forks and are conducted by experienced bereavement social workers. These groups can help you recognize that while the feelings you are experiencing are uniquely yours, they follow a similar path to that of many others. This supportive setting may be instrumental in helping you find the strength to understand and and work through your grief.
East End Hospice’s Camp Good Grief is a bereavement camp for grieving children and teenagers. A place where they begin to heal.