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Grief and Grieving: VITAS Offers Support After a Death

Grief Services

VITAS Understands

Grief is a normal reaction to losing someone you love. Each person grieves differently and there is no timeline for how long it takes before the hurt of loss lessens. Hospice understands this; we know that grieving can begin before the actual death and last longer than a few weeks or months.

VITAS offers consistent and continuing grief and bereavement support to families, friends and staff while a patient is under our care and for up to 13 months following a death. Even after that time, we are always available to listen and help you work through your grief. 

VITAS grief and bereavement services include:

  • Home visits from bereavement specialists, chaplains and volunteers
  • Bereavement telephone support
  • Bereavement support groups led by VITAS Staff
  • Memorial services
  • Quarterly bereavement letters of support, a newsletter and educational materials
  • Community resource referrals to grief therapists, community support groups, etc.

The articles listed below may also help you through this difficult time.

Helping Children Cope

Defining Loss

Coping with Loss

Recognizing Anxiety & Depression

Losing a Family Member

Helping the Grieving

Holiday Grief

Get more Grief and Bereavement articles in VITAS Resources