Grief Support Services
Grief follows no standard path or time frame. There is no right way to experience grief. Often, emotions will ebb and flow. Grief can affect you physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. It can leave you with questions such as How long does grief last? Will I always feel this way? Why can’t I sleep? Why don’t I have any energy?
Wings of Hope’s grief team helps adults and youth learn to process feelings and find ways to move forward in a positive direction and carry on without your loved one. Grief support is provided by facilitators who listen to how grief is affecting you, help you identify the right support, and help you find meaning in your loss.
Grief is a natural reaction to death.
Everyone processes death and loss differently.
Sharing your story of pain and loss helps lessen suffering.
Being in community with others helps process grief.
Wings of Hope provides a wide array of options to help you navigate your way through grief. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone and we’re here to help you find the right path to effectively grow through your grief. We offer support to anyone in the community regardless of whether or not you had a loved one with Hummingbird Hospice.
Call us at (210) 908-9774 or email us for more information.
We provide a variety of options to support you:
Individual Support provides an opportunity to meet with our counselors in private sessions. Counselors help with emotional support, sharing of feelings, education about the grief process, and ways to cope with loss. Many people benefit from having the focused attention of one counselor for a period of time. This is especially true when the loss was sudden, recent or complex.
Grief Groups & Workshops provide an opportunity to share feelings and learn from others who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Led by trained volunteer facilitators, they are a safe, non-judgmental place to find comfort while gaining coping skills.
Grief Support Services
We are offering virtual and in-person grief support groups, classes and workshops. Advance registration is required, please give us a call at (210) 908-9774 or email us at email@example.com to sign up and see what options may be right for you.
This pamphlet describes how to help someone during the stressful time of grieving for a loved one.
This booklet is written to provide guidance to patients and their families who must face the “hard choices” as they receive and participate in healthcare. The “hard choices” are found in four questions that require treatment decisions: 1) Should resuscitation be attempted? 2) Should artificial nutrition and hydration be utilized? 3) Should a nursing home resident or someone ill at home be hospitalized? and 4) Is it time to shift the treatment goal from cure to comfort care only?
Anticipatory grief refers to the grief experienced when a death is expected. It usually begins with the news of a terminal diagnosis and involves the acknowledgment that the death of a loved one is approaching. This can be extremely painful and difficult to endure. This type of grief is distinct because it is experienced while your loved one is still living. This article describes what to expect and how to address anticipatory grief.
AARP – aarp.org/relationships/grief-loss
About.com Death & Dying Forum – forums.about.com/ab-dying
Aftertalk – aftertalk.com
The Dougy Center – dougy.org
eCondolence.com – econdolence.com/learn/topic/grief-coping
GriefNet.org – griefnet.org
GriefShare – griefshare.org
Grieving.com – forums.grieving.com
The Light Beyond – thelightbeyond.com
National Alliance for Grieving Children – childrengrieve.org
National Students of AMF
(Actively Moving Forward; for college students) – studentsofamf.org
New York Life Foundation – newyorklife.com/achildingrief
Open to Hope – opentohope.com
Rainbows For All Children – rainbows.org
Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care – seasons.org
Shiva – shiva.com
Five Wishes is a document that combines a living will, which is one form of advance directive, with a document that authorizes a specific type of power of attorney or health care proxy in which someone is appointed to make decisions on their behalf when they are incapacitated. It is often encouraged that people complete the Five Wishes document to provide the most comprehensive guidance regarding their care. A sample document can be found here and you can visit the online tutorial here.
Helpful Tools for Grieving
The Tree That Survived the Winter by Mary Fahy
Saying Goodbye by Jim and Joan Boulden
When Dinosaurs Die by L.K. and M. Brown
I Will Never Forget You, (Teen Journal) by Emilio Parga
The Fall of Freddie The Leaf
35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child By the Dougy Center
When Sickness Happens by Jim and Joan Boulden
When Death Happens by Jim and Joan Boulden
Back to Life: Your Personal Guidebook to Grief Recovery by Jennie Wright