Grief: Understand your loss and bereavement
Serenity Hospice has a team of people that not only care about your loved one, but care about supporting you emotionally and psychologically while you anticipate the decline of your loved one. We have supportive care team members like social workers, music therapists, chaplains, and specialty volunteers that focus on what it means to lose a loved one and help you understand what to expect while your loved one is experiencing changes in their condition.
Grief is unique, and each loss is slightly different, but there are feelings that are normal to experience when processing the death of your loved one. Your Serenity Hospice team helps you to identify feelings of sadness, sorrow and anger and assists with plans to connect to your community, family, and other local professional services for support if needed.
Serenity Hospice provides 13 months of bereavement support after your loved one dies. During this time we focus on reaching out to you during the weeks after your loved one’s death to provide emotional care, resource referrals, and social connection. There are multiple ways Serenity provides this bereavement support to families and caregivers, but we have found that each person is often drawn to a specific type of support.
The hospice team social worker may recommend individual or family counseling, online grief groups, informational newsletters, or periodic phone contacts based on your story and your desired amount of emotional support. Most people feel strengthened, encouraged, and cared for when they learn more about the grieving process. Once they understand how it affects them and identify coping strategies, they often find themselves learning new methods to help themselves through their personal grief experience.
Grief is difficult and feeling stuck can be normal – but if it persists, please reach out for help. Often, not dealing with unhealthy grief can be interpreted as stoicism or ‘putting on a brave face’, but in the long run, processing these emotions is much healthier and allows for closure in a way that honors the loved one who has been lost. Serenity can support you via a private session or a group session, and we’ll always honor and respect your privacy and wishes.
We are here to help you continue honoring your loved one.