Bereavement Services

Bereavement Services

A life threatening illness affects not just the patient, but the family as well. Losing a loved one is a devastating experience that can leave people feeling lonely or unable to cope. Grief is a normal process but if grief is too much to bear, our expert team offers help and support. 

The Bereavement Counselors at Scotland Regional Hospice are committed to the health and well-being of people anticipating or affected by the death of a loved one. Counselors offer a warm and caring presence so individuals and families can freely express their grief. It is our hope that through these helpful relationships, healing and readjustment can take place. 

Normal grief has no calendar or timetable. The ways in which people experience grief are many and varied. Because everyone reacts differently to loss, Scotland Regional Hospice offers a variety of bereavement services. If you have recently experienced the death of someone close to you, or if you have experienced any significant loss, we can help you. 

HELPING THEM NOT TO FORGET, BUT TO ACCEPT.
Scotland Regional Hospice offers a variety of bereavement programs to ease people back into the mainstream of life. 

ONE-ON-ONE:
Some individuals are more comfortable and counseling can be more effective on a one-on-one basis. Supportive counseling is available from trained staff and volunteers. 

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS:
Our grief support groups are uniquely designed for individuals experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one. In a caring, confidential setting, participants can share their experiences and freely express their feelings and reactions to their loss. 

CORRESPONDENCE:
After the death of a patient and continuing through the next thirteen months, timely mailings are sent to our grieving family members. These contain helpful information about the grief process and suggestions for coping during this time of adjustment. 
Candlelight Memorial
Scotland Regional Hospice holds two candlelight memorial services annually in May and November.  The services are held as a remembrance of those we have lost in the last six months.  Each of those who have passed away under hospice care with Scotland Regional Hospice will have their names read aloud and their families will have the opportunity to come to the front and light a candle in their memory. Once those names are read, there will be an opportunity for anyone in the community to light a candle in memory of a loved one regardless of whether or not they were in hospice care.
Camp Spinoza
Camp Spinoza is a weekend of fun, exploration and sharing for kids between the ages of 5 and 13 who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. Offered free of charge, Camp Spinoza allows children to enjoy traditional camp activities with trained counselors, while also providing opportunities to share their emotions and feelings about grief with others who are experiencing the same thing.
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