Hospice Bereavement Services

Hospice of Jefferson County offers a wide range of bereavement services to assist families and friends in the time following the loss of a loved one. All groups are open to members of the community, as well as Hospice families.

Bereavement is a personal experience, which no two people find the same. We, at Hospice, are here to assist in whatever way is appropriate for the specific needs of persons experiencing a loss.

All bereavement services are offered free of charge. The Hospice Foundation, supported by the generosity of our community, makes this resource available to all who might benefit.

Please contact Joyce Combs, Bereavement Coordinator, at the Hospice office 315.788.7323 for information about these services.

Adult Support Groups

Bereavement Evening Support Group

Hospice offers a Bereavement Support and Education Group which meets the third Tuesday of every month at the Hospice office from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Guest speakers and Hospice social work staff are there to discuss grief, loss and readjustment.

Bereavement Day Support Group

A support group is held at Hospice on the first Tuesday of every month from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Left Behind by Suicide

This support group for individuals grieving the death of a loved one by suicide meets the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Hospice office.

Bereavement Luncheon

On the first Tuesday of every month, those who are experiencing the loss of a loved one get together to socialize and share experiences. A different restaurant is selected every month. Monthly postcards will announce dates, times and places.

Yearly Memorial Service

In late spring each year Hospice of Jefferson County holds a Memorial Service to remember loved ones lost in the past year. All family and friends are welcome to attend.

Children & Youth Support Groups

Over the Rainbow Children's Day Camp

This summer day camp for children ages 6-12 involves learning about and coping with grief while having fun with a group of peers. Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, play, and sports. Snacks and lunch are provided. The Camp is open to all children who have experienced a loss.

Holiday Remembrance

Children of all ages are invited to come together and create a holiday ornament in honor of their deceased love one.

Individualized Support

Hospice bereavement counselors, social work staff and trained volunteers are available to make office or home visits to individuals who are experiencing difficulty with the death of a loved one. Individual counseling can be done alone, or in concert with group participation.

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