Your life is forever changed when a person you love dies. And often, when the sadness of the funeral is over, the hard work of grieving begins. The meaning of bereavement is the feeling of being “torn apart”. You may feel that grief is tearing you and your world apart. Please remember that grief is not a problem to be cured. It is simply a statement that you have loved someone. And it’s necessary to feel the pain of grief in order to become whole again.
Families often have questions about the feelings they are experiencing as they grieve the loss of a loved one. Please know that the bereavement staff at St. Anthony’s is available to help you answer questions and to listen to you when you need to talk. We believe that when people share their grief with others, it becomes easier for them to grow toward peace and understanding.
Commonly Asked Questions about Bereavement Support
What is Bereavement Support?
Bereavement Support offers help in coping with the loss of a loved one. Hospice is committed to helping people who are grieving. Hospice staff members and volunteers offer warm, professional support to help family members with emotional healing and readjustment.
How can I get support?
St. Anthony’s staff is available to help you in whatever way that you are most comfortable – by phone, in person, or even by email. We provide reading materials, grief education and support meetings, and even holiday support. If there are children in your family who have been affected by loss, we will gladly provide support for them as well.
St. Anthony’s hospice is available to you at any time. Here are two programs that you or someone you love can participate in to help them cope with loss and grief:
Annual Children, Teen, and Adult Bereavement Camp each year in September
Grief Counseling for Children grade K-12 in their schools or in a comforting environment outside of school. To access services for your child, contact your school’s guidance counselor or call Jennifer Phillips at (270) 826-2326.
We welcome your call whenever you need to talk or feel that there is a way that we can be of service to you. Simply call (270) 826-2326 to speak with someone who cares about you.
These programs are open to everyone in our community who may or may not have been served by St. Anthony’s Hospice.
What support do you offer?
We’re here to help you ease the deep feelings of loss. Our staff:
- Offers grief counseling and serve as caring listeners.
- Provides resources and information to help you understand what to expect as you mourn your loss.
- Connects you with others to find out what is helpful while coping with grief.
- Provides you with a safe place to express your feelings and thoughts, both individually and as part of our education and support offerings throughout the year.
- Links you with other helpful resources in your community as you rebuild your life after loss.