Bereavement is the process everyone goes through to recover from the death of a loved one. Sometimes feelings of grief can be overwhelming or unmanageable, and it may help to have someone who is experienced in the grieving process to walk alongside in the journey toward rebuilding a life after loss.
Bereavement support is offered through two different programs at Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care.
Hospice Bereavement Support is available for thirteen months to friends and family members following the death of a loved one who passed away while on hospice services. A hospice bereavement counselor or volunteer will contact family members about a month after their loved one’s death to offer support and services, and, if desired, schedule a visit to assess how CHPC can best meet the individuals’ needs. The cost of this service is covered by Medicare and most insurances or offered without charge to those who are uninsured.
Community Bereavement Support is available to anyone in the county, free of charge, regardless of whether their loved one utilized hospice services. A phone call or email to CHPC is all it takes to get the process rolling. A bereavement counselor will then make an appointment to discuss concerns and struggles and provide emotional support at this difficult time. Typically, the counselor and the grieving person will meet for two to five sessions, though we understand that everyone grieves in a different way and at a different pace. If the individual feels further counseling is needed to address deeper or more complex issues, our bereavement coordinator can help to find a suitable therapist to help.
Friend-To-Friend is a program for families who have experienced the death of a child. Several of our families have lost newborn infants, while others have had teens or adult children die due to accidents or illnesses.
The motto of Friend to Friend is “Open Arms Caring for Empty Arms.” Our purpose is to provide support to one another, a safe place to share and to vent, and information on grieving and coping, as well as information on other resources. The meetings are open to parents, grandparents, and other immediate family members who have been affected by a child’s death.
The group meets the first and third Thursdays of every month at 7:00 pm at the Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care offices in Lakewood, New York. There is no charge to attend and meetings usually last about two hours. The meetings are facilitated by licensed medical social workers.
The group is loosely patterned after the Compassionate Friends, a national organization that supports parents through child death. They have a lot of great information on their website: www.compassionatefriends.org. We also have a closed group on Facebook that can be accessed by contacting our offices.
Please know that you do not have to walk the road of loss alone. We are here to assist and support you in any way you need.
A Dinner Social Group is hosted by Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. It meets periodically throughout the county and provides an opportunity to share food and fellowship with others who know the pain of grief.
The group usually meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month except when a holiday falls during the week. Please call our Bereavement Coordinator to confirm the next date, time and location and make your dinner reservation.