COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Bereavement & Grief Support Services

We understand that grief is unique and personal.
Hospice & Community Care offers a wide range of support services designed to meet the needs of people who are experiencing grief and loss. Through support from grants and donations, these services are offered free of charge to Hospice families and the community.

Hospice & Community Care program offerings include individual counseling, support groups, workshops, memorial services, veteran gatherings, and educational resource programs.

Hope & Healing Support Groups

A 6-week structured support group open to anyone in the community who has experienced the death of a loved one.

Our next group will begin on Monday, Sept 9. at 6:00 pm.

To register for our next support group click HERE.

Women’s Group

Experiencing the death of a loved one, whether anticipated or sudden, is a unique type of loss. This group offers women a gathering place in which to share with others who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings while learning about normal grief reactions to loss.

Men’s Group

Men may experience cultural pressure to act stoically and bury their grief through work or activity. To address this, Hospice & Community Care offers a men-only group. This group is designed as a safe place for men to express grief in their own way.

Hope & Remembrance Memorial Services

Community members and patients’ loved ones are invited to join Hospice & Community Care to pay tribute to loved ones in an atmosphere of reflection and hope during this non-denominational service. Held each spring and fall, the service provides families the opportunity to reflect, honor, and remember their loved ones.

Coping with the Holidays

At a time when it seems like the whole world is celebrating, facing the holidays without a loved one who has died may be painful and overwhelming. This workshop, designed for adults and children, provides tools and techniques on how to reduce stress and anxiety during the holiday season. Hospice & Community Care’s trained bereavement counselors guide participants through a morning designed to support them and their families. Group sessions focus on developing a plan to navigate the season, understanding the impact of rituals, and helping prepare for the unexpected.

Children’s Services

According to the Journal of Death and Dying 1 in 5 children will experience the death of someone close to them by age 18. Children and adolescents may be more sensitive to the conditions that follow loss than adults. Hospice & Community Care offer multifaceted support programs for children and teens.

Project HOPE (Healing Ourselves through Personal Expression)

Project HOPE uses art therapy to guide children who’ve suffered the loss of a loved one through techniques to express their grief in healthy and creative ways. Periodically, Hospice & Community Care staff partner with local artists for workshops designed for children 5-18. Project HOPE is offered free of charge to any child that has experienced a significant loss.

Children’s Gallery

Project HOPE art pieces are exhibited in the Children’s Gallery on our Campus. The Gallery allows participants to see their creations in a public setting, in addition to raising community awareness of grieving children and teens. Children who are guided and supported through the grief process learn appropriate ways to express their emotions, are better able to cope with loss now and throughout their lifetime.

The Garden of Hope, Children’s Book

Hospice & Community Care’s children’s book, The Garden of Hope, shares the journey of the Butterfly Family as they face the loss of their beloved Grandma Olivia. A useful tool for explaining the hospice experience to children, it is an excellent resource for those who work with children.
  • Guided questions help facilitate discussion
  • Includes child and adult resource sections
  • Supplies helpful guidelines for dealing with grief
  • Includes expressive art therapy activity for children

School Services

For more than 32 years, we have provided specialized counseling to grieving children and teens. Many came from families who had not received Hospice services and were referred by local therapists, school counselors, or parents after a significant, traumatic, or sudden loss. The community turns to Hospice & Community Care for grief resources. If you know a child or teen who you think may benefit from bereavement support and resources, please contact us at 803-329-1500 or info@hospicecommunitycare.org

Hospice & Community Care is available to assist school administrators through our school outreach program. We can present in-services to teachers and parents, arrange presentations for students on grief-related topics and issues, along with providing educational resources on children and grief. If you would like information on Hospice & Community Care’s School Support Programs, please contact us at 803-329-1500, 1-800-895-CARE or info@hospicecommunitycare.org.

More than four million workers experience the death of a loved one each year. At any given time, approximately 25% of employees are grieving a loss.
American Hospice Foundation 

Workplace Support

There are many faces of grief in the workplace. The caregiver, the grieving employee, the death of an employee, and crisis reactions all impact the workplace. Balancing compassion and productivity may be difficult for employers.

The hidden impact of grief and loss on the workplace may be seen through unexpected tardiness or absenteeism, decreased concentration, increased accidents, and decreased production. Hospice & Community Care offers specialized training, education, and support initiatives to help workplaces become more sensitive to grieving employees.

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