Bereavement Support from Southcoast VNA
Grieving is an important emotional process for all those who suffer a loss. Although grief is normal, it can be a distressing and often confusing process that touches every aspect of a person’s life. People express their grief in different ways and according to their own unique time schedules, but no matter how we do it, grieving is an important part of the healing process after experiencing the death of a person who was a major part of our life.
Southcoast VNA recognizes that the needs of family and friends do not end when their loved one dies. Our community bereavement services in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are available at no cost and include the following.
Visit our events calendar for the upcoming support groups.
Ongoing Grief Support Groups
Open groups intended for those at any point in the grief process. Adult groups meet monthly to give family members and friends the opportunity to learn more about the grief experience and to meet others who are grieving. Groups include a Widow and Widower Grief Support Group and General Loss Grief Support Group and are open to anyone in the community.
Grieving During the Holidays Workshops
A 1 hour workshop providing tips and ideas to navigate the challenges of the holidays, to honor the memory of your loved one and to learn how to care for your needs as you grieve.
Children’s Bereavement support program
Turning Sadness Around is a 6-session children’s bereavement group designed to provide grief support to children ages 9-12 following the death of a significant person in their lives. These sessions, facilitated by professional staff and trained volunteers, are designed to help children express their feelings and reactions to this major loss in their life within a safe, supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere through creative activities. Children are encouraged to participate as they feel comfortable and at their own pace.
This is a bereavement day camp experience offered at no cost for children ages six to 15. This program is held annually in July.
Annual Remembrance Service
Southcoast VNA hosts an annual service to remember, reflect and move forward with hope. Held each November, this service offers the community the opportunity to honor and celebrate loved ones who have died. Join us on November 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m. at St. Julie Billiart Church in North Dartmouth, MA. Click here for more information
Bereavement Services for Families of Hospice Patients
Bereavement Correspondence Program
Periodic supportive mailings, including helpful information on loss and grief and other inspirational materials are sent to family members as a foundational support piece for the bereaved.
Individual Bereavement Counseling
A trained Bereavement professional is available to meet with family members or friends of a hospice patient who has died to offer support and guidance with the grief process.
For more information about Southcoast VNA and our bereavement services, call (508) 973-3227 or contact us online.
Southcoast VNA offers bereavement services, grief counseling and support groups to patients in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.