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Grief affects all of us at some point in our lives, but few are prepared for understand the impact that grief can have on everyday life. Grief is a normal reaction following the death of a loved one. It requires time to process the emotions and discover how to best cope with your feelings and live life without your loved one.
St. Francis has a dedicated team of Grief Support professionals, specializing in both adult and child grief. As part of our commitment to our community, our Grief Support team extends our services beyond our core hospice program, and offers support to anyone in our community that has suffered a loss. St. Francis grief support programs are always free of charge. Grief support specialists are available to provide counseling to anyone affected by grief. As a service to our community, our Grief Support Team provides care even if the loved one was not a St. Francis patient. Our Grief Support Team consists of both child and adult grief specialists.
We understand the grieving process is a personal journey and we consider it a privilege to walk alongside those that we care for as long as they feel the need for our help.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we are not holding any in-person counseling in the form of support groups, social gatherings or appointments at this time. However, we offer a variety of online support groups and sessions and our counselors are available for telephone or Videoconference sessions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us to schedule an appointment or to talk with a Grief Support Specialist.
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Care Wherever You Need It
Hospice care from St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care can be delivered in a private home, a nursing home, an assisted living facility, our inpatient facility, and sometimes in the hospital setting.
Click here to review a helpful listing of frequently asked questions and answers about Hospice Care at St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care:
St. Francis is pleased to offer the most comprehensive array of Grief Support Services available in our area.
Some people find great benefit in attending a grief support group. These small groups meet to share feelings, discuss coping skills and to help you understand you are not alone in your feelings of grief. Guided by a Grief Support Specialist, these groups provide a safe outlet to discuss feelings and process emotions.
“I felt so alone and there were things that my children and family didn’t understand. I walked into a room of strangers and walked out with a group of friends. They understood the pain I felt and suddenly I knew, I was not alone, I was not weird, and my feelings were justified and understood. I could share what I was going through and was able to listen and learn from what others were saying too, we helped each other.” ~ Nancy
These groups bring people together to share stories, feelings and to know you are not alone in what you are experiencing. To learn more information in regards to attending a grief support group please contact a Grief Support Specialist.
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These groups bring people together in an online format to share stories, feelings and to know you are not alone in what you are experiencing. All From the comfort of your home, reach out with other people who understand the grief journey you are taking. For more information in regards to attending an about our online grief support groups, please contact a Grief Support Specialist.
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Individual & Family Visits
Our grief support team understands the importance of being present with someone who is grieving. We offer free limited office visits to both individuals and families to provide support, and discuss helpful ways to manage and navigate your grief. Our grief specialists are not mental health therapists, and in some cases may provide you with information to access additional resources in the community if other concerns impact your grief. To learn more about individual or family visits or to schedule an appointment, please contact a Grief Support Specialist.
Letters and Written Materials
Special letters are sent to all of our family members after the death of their loved ones cared for by St. Francis Reflections Hospice. We understand that the grief journey is different for everyone, however, the topics and writings feature helpful information designed to address what is often experienced during that time frame of grief.
“It was a great comfort to get information sent to me that I could have and share with people. I looked forward to opening the mail that understood and spoke to me. I would reread them several times on my bad days, they really helped.” ~ John
The Grief Support Specialist support team will make periodic phone calls to all of our family members in the year following the death of their loved ones cared for by St. Francis Reflections Hospice. Additional calls are also available upon need. Community members in Brevard may also request phone support. please contact a Grief Support Specialist to learn more or schedule a phone call.
Grief impacts every aspect of your life and often times it is helpful to socialize with other people who understand what you are going through. These uplifting social gatherings help provide support through a relaxed atmosphere. Please click on the calendar of events to learn more about scheduled gatherings and to RSVP.
“I looked forward to coming together to share stories and just talk with others. It felt good to laugh and smile again. We were all there for the same reason but it was comforting to be able to relax and talk about whatever we wanted. I always feel so much better after going; I have met some wonderful people I wouldn’t have otherwise.” ~ Karen
Seminars are provided throughout the year on a scheduled basis. These sessions offer information about the practical, social and emotional issues that many people face after the loss of a loved one. Please click on the calendar of events to learn more about scheduled educational seminars and to RSVP.
At St. Francis Our Grief Support Specialist are also available to provide educational seminars on a variety of grief related topics. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation, please contact a Grief Support Specialist to learn more.
Several times a year, the Grief Support Specialist team provides remembrance services to honor and remember the patients that we cared for. To learn more about when the next service will be, please contact a Grief Support Specialist for details.
Child Grief: St. Francis Reflections NorthStar Child Grief Support
We are not born knowing how to grieve and often times when death affects a family, children are not given the time and attention they require to understand and process their emotions. Child grief specialists provide a safe and welcoming space for children to express their grief through peer support groups. Providing support to children along with their families, the team encourages children to express their grief in a way that makes sense to them. Children often lack the words to fully express the emotions they are feelings, so the staff utilize a variety of techniques and skills through play, stories and peer interactions to help them express their feelings.
Child Grief Specialists provide support both in the evenings and can be available to provide support in the school setting with coordination with the school personnel. If you know someone who would benefit from speaking with a children’s specialist, please contact a Child Grief Specialist.