Grieving is a deeply personal and a gradual experience. The counseling we offer is about recognizing where people are in this process, helping them identify their strengths, and assisting them in developing ways to cope. At Valley Hospice, we offer a variety of grief support and education resources to help you navigate your way through your unique journey.
Valley Hospice is committed to grief support for both family members of our patients and for our community. For a minimum of 13 months following their loved one’s death, grieving families of Valley Hospice patients can access bereavement education and support. We also offer community bereavement, available to anyone in our community who has experienced a loss.
Valley Hospice bereavement services consist of:
- Quarterly newsletters, mailings and educational materials
- Bereavement support groups led by professional bereavement counselors
- Bereavement support telephone calls and visits by professional staff and volunteers
- Memorial services and special programs
Memorial Butterfly Releases:
A Butterfly Release represents change, transformation and beauty. Each summer, we offer two Memorial Butterfly Releases that give individuals the opportunity to honor and remember loved ones they have lost.
Grieving Through the Holidays:
Even in the best of times, the holidays can cause stress and anxiety. After the loss of a loved one, you may find yourself wondering how you will manage to get through the holiday season. At our Grieving Through the Holidays program, you will learn how to identify the emotions you are feeling and find ways to modify traditions and change expectations.
Wacky Christmas Party
Our Wacky Christmas Party is just that...wacky! We join together to share a meal and have a wacky gift exchange. This is a great way to socialize with others who either are, or have been where you are in your grief. Each year the laughs and good times last throughout the evening.
Lunch Bunch is a time to enjoy a group lunch, meet new friends and feel supported in your grief. There is also a speaker scheduled for each luncheon, with various topics being covered. This group meets in Wheeling and Weirton. Each guest is responsible for the cost of their own lunch.
Walking Through Grief
Our Walking Through Grief support group is a place where you can share your stories and experiences, as well as gain support and information necessary to work through your personal journey of grief. This 5 week long support group is held every spring and fall in Wheeling and Steubenville, with sessions once each week.
Monthly Support Groups
While no two losses are ever the same, there is a benefit to being with and helping to support others who have lost someone. You are not alone; others are experiencing similar feelings and emotions in their journey as well. Support groups are offered monthly in Wheeling and Steubenville.