Grief is a journey not an event
The process is experienced uniquely by each individual. Upon losing a loved one, you will experience a period of bereavement. During this time, a wide range of emotions can be felt, which is normal. The source of grief (kind of loss) is often different among individuals, but the substance (how we feel) of grief contains common elements. Varco Hospice is here to help through the unexpected turns and insights.
- Grief support is provided for a minimum of 13 months following the death of a patient.
- Every grief journey is unique and services are tailored to the individual.
- One-on-one grief counseling is available by Medical Social Workers and Spiritual Care Providers (Chaplains) who have received specialized training on the grief process.
- Bereavement Volunteers, under the supervision of a Grief Counselor are available for additional support.
- Our bereavement mailer series is available for those who choose to receive them.
- Special support groups are offered to provide community assistance during the holiday season.
- Seven-week support groups are offered multiple times throughout the year.
- A Celebration of Life occurs at the end of each group to honor and celebrate a loved one.
coping with challenges
The death of someone important to you brings many changes in life. As you are adjusting and responding to these changes, there are challenges you will have to face. These could be about the death and the circumstances at the time or about your grief and how you are coping. Some common challenges may be all or some of the following:
- Decision making
- Financial affairs
- Personal Eefects
- Certain rooms and places
- Special dates and events
- Looking after your health
Grief and loss support groups
When we experience the death of a loved one, the grief we feel can be overwhelming. We recognize that everyone experiences grief in their own way and we would like to honor that journey. Varco Hospice Grief and Loss Support Groups can help you recognize your feelings and put them in perspective. The experience of sharing with others who are in a similar situation can be comforting and reassuring. Our support groups provide education on the bereavement process and are facilitated by our Medical Social Services team who have been trained in grief management and bereavement.