Bereavement and Grief Support
You’re Not Alone…
Bereavement support is an essential component of Homestead Hospice that includes anticipating grief reactions and providing ongoing assistance for the bereaved over a period of 13 months. The death of someone you love can be one of the greatest sorrows that will occur in your lifetime. Bereavement is the period of grief and mourning after a death. Each person takes their own grief and healing journey, sharing memories, emotions and strategies for coping. Everyone feels grief in his or her own way and there are stages to the process of mourning and healing after the loss of a loved one. It starts with recognizing the loss and continues until that loss is eventually accepted.
Journey to Healing
Homestead’s Chaplain will:
- Contact family members by phone or in person to assess specific bereavement needs
- Create a care plan based on the assessment to meet those needs
- Provide education on the grief process with bereavement mailings
- Support through a memorial service held twice a year at each Homestead office to help families find closure for the loss of their loved one.
Memorial service may include:
- The release of butterflies or doves
- The building of a bouquet of flowers, as the names of those who have passed are announced a family member adds a rose to a vase
- The lighting of a candle
Healing Takes Time…
When a loved one is seriously ill, one may feel lost and overwhelmed. You may even find yourself grieving the loss of a loved one before death occurs. Grief is something that is your own, it’s very individualized. Even when you think you are prepared and a strong person the feeling of grief can be overwhelming. The feelings of your loss are normal and may continue for months after you lose a loved one. No one can be fully prepared for this time of grief, but there is professional support available through Homestead. Any family member, partner, friend or caregiver of a hospice patient can take advantage of Homestead’s specialized bereavement and grief support. Through Homestead’s dedicated grief programs, emotional support is available prior to or after a loss. Healing takes time and because grief is the not the same for everyone, Homestead offers a range of support for 13 months following the death of a loved one.
Grief support groups offer companionship and understanding from others who have experienced a similar loss and who know the challenges that living with grief brings. In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, support groups provide the opportunity to share your story openly and guilt-free. You also have the opportunity to hear the stories of others and communicate about daily coping and the most difficult days of your grief journey.
Path to New Horizons (anticipatory)
This specialized program focuses on the grief of anticipating the death of a loved one. Those anticipating the loss of a loved one most often experience the same stages of grief one will encounter after the loss. Anticipatory reactions to an expected loss are normal and may help prepare you for the intense emotions that may arise with the death. This program is available upon request for families of those who have a terminal illness.
Mourning to Joy (after death)
Most people who experience the loss of a loved one begin their grief process with denial and move through anger, and bargaining, to depression and acceptance in no definite order. The grief journey often seems like an emotional roller coaster. The aim of Homestead’s Mourning to Joy program is to provide an understanding that although life will never be the same without a loved one, families and individuals can begin the journey of rediscovering joy iin their lives.
We are here for you. Call Homestead Hospice Chaplaincy Hot Line (678-507-3812) to discuss your needs, and the next steps to receive care, comfort and peace of mind for your loved and family.