Bereavement services for adults and children are an integral part of our hospice program. Both group and individual support are offered. The bereavement program is staffed by social workers and chaplains. Through our Journeys program, the additional skills of an art therapist are used to assist children experiencing a loss. For more information or to register please call Valley Home Care Bereavement Services at 201-291-6395.
New Start is a bereavement support groups for families, spouses and friends of a recently deceased love one. The group runs for eight consecutive weeks.
Pathways is a bereavement group for those whose loss is less recent. It is appropriate for those who lost a loved one at least 4 months ago. With the guidance of an experienced social worker/counselor, group members work through the process of mourning. This group is offered on the first and third Tuesday of every month. It is preferred that attendees first complete New Start before attending Pathways.
Stepping Stones: A Support Group for Parents Who Have Lost a Child
Grief is a natural response to the passing of a loved one. But nothing is more devastating than the loss of a child. That’s why Valley Home Cares Maternal Child Health program is augmenting its groundbreaking Butterflies program with a Support Group designed to address the particular needs of parents who have lost a child.
Stepping Stones is a six-week support group designed to provide a safe setting where parents can get support, come to terms with their loss, and begin to work towards healing. By understanding the unique nature of grieving over the loss of a child and sharing their experiences with others in similar situations, explains Mary Ann West, Butterflies Coordinator, parents can begin to pick up the pieces and rediscover a sense of purpose and meaning.
Facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a parent who has survived a similar loss, Stepping Stones will meet twice a month beginning in October. The group is open to all parents who are grieving the death of a child age 22 or younger. Each 90-minute session will begin with the exploration of a topic related to grief and healing, followed by interactive discussion. Topics may include:
- understanding the differences in how family members deal with loss,
- helping siblings cope with grief,
- getting through holidays and special occasions,
- avoiding blame,
- the importance of nurturing yourself,
- utilizing support systems, and
- sharing positive memories.
For more information on bereavement support groups, contact Bonnie Schneider at 201-291-6345.