Grief is a normal response to the loss of a loved one. When someone important to us has died, we mourn the loss of the relationship as well as the loss of the person. We at Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester understand that grieving can take many forms. Each person's grieving process is unique, depending on the personal relationship you had with your loved one and your life experiences. Your grief is personal but you do not have to grieve alone.
At Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester we offer a wide range of Bereavement Services. Professional bereavement care is offered to all members of the community in addition to our patient families. Our bereavement program operates primarily on funds from contributions and grants. Your support is deeply appreciated.
Participation in a support group has been shown to be one of the best ways to help those who are grieving the death of a loved one. People who have experienced similar losses are brought together in an environment of safety, care, compassion and commitment. These groups can help you realize that while the feelings you are experiencing are uniquely yours, they may follow a similar path to that of others. In this supportive setting you may be able to understand and work through your grief.
All of our support groups are facilitated by professionals with experience in grief counseling. Groups are loss-specific, run for 8-10 weeks, and are repeated every few months. An assessment is required for group participation. Current groups are:
- Adult loss of Parent or Siblings -- evenings
- Loss of Spouse or Life Partner -- evenings
- Loss of Spouse or Life Partner -- daytime
- Flying Solo -- for women who have been widowed for at least one year, with the focus on adapting to both challenges and opportunities in their new lives.
Group crisis support programs
- Caregiver Support Group -- This group is for anyone with significant responsibility for the care of a disabled or declining patient (family members, friend, or employer).
- Friends In Deed -- This program is co-sponsored with Friends In Deed, twice a month on Wednesdays from 6:00PM to 7:30PM. Friends In Deed is open to all persons touched by a life-threatening illness (patients, caregivers and bereaved). For more information see: http://www.friendsindeed.org
Special workshops and events
- Coping with the Holidays
- Memorial Butterfly Release -- A Celebration of Life Gathering -- For many years Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester has held an annual memorial service for both our hospice families and the community. Two Memorial Butterfly Releases are held in early June at the Rye Nature Center and are an opportunity to honor our loved ones with the release of a monarch butterfly. After a short memorial ceremony each hospice family is given a butterfly to release (additional butterflies are available to members of the community at a nominal charge).
Individual Bereavement Counseling
Individual counseling is available to hospice families and community members after a required assessment. Bereavement coordinators are available to help you through what can be a difficult transition.
All groups & workshops are held at:
Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester
311 North Street, Suite 204
White Plains, NY 10605
Griefwords Library -- These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief.
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