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Grief Services

We know that the death of a loved one can be a traumatic, difficult experience. Even when the death is anticipated, and the person was ill, it is still never expected. Learning to adjust to life after this experience is challenging. Our team of bereavement professionals will be “walking with” families at this time, teaching them about normal grief, answering questions, staying in touch.

The Bereavement Coordinators facilitates and oversees the bereavement services provided. The bereavement team may include the Bereavement Coordinator, the Social Worker, the Chaplain, and Patient/Family Volunteer.

A team member, usually the Bereavement Coordinator, calls the caregiver within 72 hours following the patient’s death to offer condolences. Another call will follow within two weeks to set-up a time to visit. Routine follow-up is then done at three, six, nine, and 12-month intervals after the death. The caregiver will also receive information about our support groups, individual counseling opportunities, and other materials to provide support and encouragement. Our grief support groups are offered two to three times a month. We also hold an annual Children’s Grief Camp for ages 6-17 that have experienced a significant loss of a loved one.

Bereavement services are optional, however, even if you do not desire visits or wish to participate in the support groups, you may appreciate the monthly newsletter. If you decline services initially, you may change your mind later by calling the office and asking to be added back to the list. Please keep in mind that shortly after a loved one’s death, some people feel that they are doing well but find that months later things may get rough. So, before deciding to decline bereavement follow-up, it may be a good idea to wait a few months.

Bereavement services are available free of charge to our family members, as well as members of the community.

 

Available Bereavement Services

  • Initial visit by Bereavement Coordinator
  • Quarterly bereavement contacts with monthly mailings
  • Grief education and counseling
  • Monthly support groups for adults
  • Social support group gatherings
  • Grief classes and seminars
  • Grief camp for children and school support (see Kids Path - Brighter Days Children's Camp)
  • Yearly remembrance service
  • Access to a variety of materials through our library and resources

 

To get more information on Grief Services or to speak to a Grief Support staff member, contact us at 336-789-2922 or toll-free at 1-888-789-2922.


Support Groups

No RSVP needed. If you would like more information, please call the bereavement coordinator associated with the group of interest.

 

Carroll County

3rd Thursday of each month

11:30 a.m. Moments with Bruce

Mountain Valley Hospice's Hillsville Office

Bruce Thomas: 1-276-728-1030

 

Henry County

1st Wednesday of each month

2 p.m. Support with Susan

King's Grant Retirement • Martinsville

Susan Lytle: 1-276-403-4764

 

Patrick County

3rd Thursday of each month

2 p.m. Stuart's Topics and Dessert

Mountain Valley Hospice's Stuart Office

Susan Lytle: 1-276-694-4416

 

Surry County

1st and 3rd Thursday of each month

9 a.m. Koffee & Komfort with Kelley

Fairfield Inn (Breakfast Buffet: $7) • Elkin

Kelley Ingram: 1-336-526-2650

 

2nd Thursday and 4th Tuesday of each month

11:30 a.m. Fonda's Lunch Bunch

Golden Corral • Mount Airy

Fonda Younger: 1-336-789-2922

 

1st and 3rd Thursday of each month

3 p.m. Finding Your Way after a Loved One's Death

Lantern Restaurant • Dobson

Stacie Adams: 1-336-789-2922

 

2nd Thursday of each month

6 p.m. Support for Bereaved Parents

Woltz Hospice Home • Dobson

Karen Sanders: 1-336-789-2922

 

Yadkin County

1st Thursday of each month

11:30 a.m. Sharing with Sarah

Ace's Restaurant • Yadkinville

Sarah Tweed: 1-336-679-2466

 

3rd Thursday of each month

5:30 p.m. Sharing with Sarah

Mount Olympus Restaurant • East Bend

Sarah Tweed: 1-336-679-2466

 

Wilkes County

4th Wednesday of each month

9:30-11:30 a.m. Sharing with Kelley

Rose Glen Manor • North Wilkesboro

Kelley Ingram: 1-336-526-2650