Grieving is a process that requires much more time than our culture typically acknowledges or allows. Support during time of bereavement can help bring healing, renewal and hope for the future. Staff at Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg (HHSCW) maintain contact with bereaved families following the death of a loved one to offer comfort, support, referrals and services as needed.  Bereavement support is open to all in the community regardless of their previous connection to HHSCW.  There are no charges to participants in HHSCW’s bereavement programs, but donations are encouraged.

Seasonal Bereavement Support Groups:

Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg offers seasonal bereavement support groups for any adult in the community who is grieving the death of a loved one.  Focused resources on grief and coping are provided at each session, and conversation at each session is centered on the grief experience.  The group is an opportunity for those navigating the grief process to feel less alone on the journey.  Support groups are offered Fall (September – November), Winter (January – March), Spring (April – June), and Summer (July – August) each year.  Sessions are held in the bereavement lounge at Hospice House.  Complimentary refreshments included. There is no cost to participants, but registration is necessary as space is limited.  To view a calendar of upcoming support group dates, see our Hospice House Calendar of Events.  To register for a support group, please contact Chaplain Hannah Creager at 757-206-1177 or via email: bereavement@williamsburghospice.org.

Monthly Bereavement-Specific Support Groups:

Survivors of Suicide Loss:

Williamsburg Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL) provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide. This support group was created in 2012 with a mission to recognize and respect the courage and resilience of suicide survivors at all stages of their personal journeys.  This peer-led support group meets the first Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:30 PM at Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg. For more information, please contact Charlotte Moyler at 757-903-1641 or email: williamsburgsurvivors@gmail.com.

The Compassionate Friends:

The Compassionate Friends is a local chapter of an international organization which exists to provide friendship, understanding and hope to adults grieving the death of a child, grandchild or sibling.  Our Williamsburg Chapter meets the second Monday of each month at Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg from 7:00-8:30 PM.  The group is facilitated by the Hospice House Chaplain, Hannah Creager and Charlotte Moyler.   To learn more about the group, please contact Charlotte Moyler, Chapter Facilitator at 757-903-1641 or email:  wmsburgcompassionatefriends@gmail.com.  To read more about The Compassionate Friends as an organization visit: https://www.compassionatefriends.org/

When Parents Die:

Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg hosts a bereavement support group for adult children who have experienced the death of a parent.  Just because the death of a parent follows a “natural progression of life” doesn’t mean that grieving our parents is easy, quick or less important.  The support group meets the third Wednesday of each month.  Meeting time is 7:00-8:30 pm at Hospice House. For more information, please contact Chaplain Hannah Creager at 757-206-1177 or via email: bereavement@williamsburghospice.org.

Widowed and Young:

Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg formed a support group for young widows and widowers in 2018.  This group is for individuals in their 30’s – 50’s who are dealing with the death of a spouse or partner.  Group sessions are offered on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  Meeting time is from 7-8:30 PM at Hospice House. There is no cost to participants, but donations are encouraged.  Registration is required.  For more information, and to register, contact Chaplain Hannah Creager at 757-206-1177 or via email: bereavement@williamsburghospice.org.

Kelly Weinberg Grief Group:

Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg delightfully hosts support groups provided by the Kelly Weinberg Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides emotional and spiritual support, camaraderie and fellowship to all those touched by cancer.  This grief group, facilitated by trained Kelly Weinberg volunteers, is open to all those dealing with the death of a loved one due to cancer or illness.  The group meets from 7-8:30 PM the 4th Monday of each month in the bereavement lounge at Hospice House.   For more information, call 757-250-3220 or visit the Kelly Weinberg website: www.kellyweinbergfoundation.org

Annual Memorial Services:

Candlelight Memorial Service:

This is a nondenominational candlelight service to honor loved ones who have died over the last year.  The service is open to anyone in the Williamsburg community desiring an opportunity to remember their loved one in a special way.  Held each fall at a local spiritual community facility, this service includes reflective readings, music and the lighting of candles as a sign of remembrance.  For more information, please contact Chaplain Hannah Creager at 757-206-1177 or via email: bereavement@williamsburghospice.org.

Light-Up-A-Life:

Held each December at Hospice House, this tree-lighting and decorating ceremony is an opportunity for anyone in the community to remember their loved one during the holiday season. Each person remembered will is listed in a special program at the tree lighting and names of loved ones remembered are hung with a bow on the Hospice House tree throughout the holiday season. The ceremony includes reflective music, a reflection from our Hospice House Chaplain and a reception organized by our Hospice House Guild Volunteers.  Please call 757.253.1220 or email info@williamsburghospice.org for more information.

Celebration of Life:

Each spring, Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg offers a nondenominational memorial service held on the Patio of Memories at the Hospice House.  Facilitated by the Hospice House chaplain, this ceremony honors all those who have passed away at the Hospice House in the last year as well as those whose loved ones have donated memorial bricks to the patio.   A brief reception provided by Hospice House Guild Volunteers follows the ceremony.  For more information about the service, please contact Chaplain Hannah Creager at 757-206-1177 or bereavement@williamsburghospice.org.

Other Memorial Opportunities:

Memorial Brick Pavers:

Any bereaved individual is welcome to honor the memory of their loved one(s) through the purchase of engraved brick memorial pavers to add to our beautiful Patio of Memories at Hospice House. The pavers are permanently laid in the Patio, providing family and friends a place to return to remember their loved ones.  For more information on ordering memorial pavers please click HERE.

Patio of Memories Remembrance Ceremonies:

Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg (HHSCW) offers scheduled Patio of Memories Remembrance Ceremonies for bereaved families and individuals throughout the community on the Hospice House Patio of Memories.  Remembrance ceremonies are planned and facilitated by the Hospice House Chaplain.  They are scheduled and held on Fridays each month at Hospice House from April – October.  Ceremonies can include reflective readings, songs, prayers and eulogies.  For more information on requesting and organizing a Remembrance Ceremony click HERE.

Offsite Funeral & Memorial Services:

Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg (HHSCW) offers funeral and memorial service facilitation by our spiritually-trained Hospice House Chaplain.   HHSCW funeral and memorial service facilitation includes a one-on-one meeting with the Hospice House Chaplain to outline and plan the service as well as phone and email correspondence to confirm details.  The Hospice House Chaplain will preside over the ceremony on the service date and guide family members and other participants through the service.  For more information on requesting and organizing an offsite Funeral or Memorial Service click HERE.

Other Ongoing Bereavement Services:

One-on-One Consultation:

Our Hospice House Chaplain schedules regular consultation sessions with anyone in the community grieving the death of a loved one and to fit their needs with HHSCW’s services.  To schedule a one-on-one meeting with our Chaplain, please call 757-206-1177 or email: bereavement@williamsburghospice.org.

Walking/Social Group:

This is an ongoing walking and social support group to meet others in the same situation. Participants need not walk to join! Other activities include dinner/movies, coffee, lunch, concerts.  Regular walks every Tuesday & Thursday 7:30 am; Saturday 11 am.  Contact Chaplain Hannah Creager at 757-206-1177 or email: bereavement@williamsburghospice.org for more information.  For a current calendar of events see: walkinggroup.wildapricot.org

Online Library:

In June of 2017, Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg (HHSCW) launched an online library funded by the generosity of The Huston Foundation.  The HHSCW online library provides quality end-of-life and bereavement resources to a wider, more technologically-connected population, allowing patrons to review and search for book resources and request book check-outs at the click of a mouse.  To read more about the library or to check out a book click HERE.

Cancer-Support Services

Kelly Weinberg Cancer Support Group:

Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg delightfully hosts cancer support groups provided by the Kelly Weinberg Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides emotional and spiritual support, camaraderie and fellowship to all those touched by cancer.  This group is facilitated by trained Kelly Weinberg volunteers and is open to both cancer care givers and cancer care receivers.  The group meets from 7-8:30 PM the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month in the bereavement lounge at Hospice House.   For more information, call 757-250-3220 or visit the Kelly Weinberg website: www.kellyweinbergfoundation.org

 

For a comprehensive printer-friendly version of our 2018-2019 Bereavement Services download and open the following PDF document:  Bereavement Services 2018-2019