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.
Our bereavement support is open to all in the community regardless of their previous connection to HHSCW. There is no cost to participants in HHSCW’s bereavement programs, but donations are encouraged.
Seasonal Bereavement Support Groups
HHSCW 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.
Our Summer Bereavement Support Group begins on August 10th and runs every Tuesday until September 28th from 10am-12pm with a short break in between hours. This is a virtual group on Zoom. There is no cost to participants, but registration is necessary as space is limited. Donations are encouraged.
To register for a support group, please contact Chaplain Abby Embry at 757-206-1177 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Register by April 12th.
Bereavement-Specific Support Groups
▸ Weekly Touchpoint Grief Group
Beginning in April 2020, a weekly Virtual grief group formed to meet the needs of those in grief due to the death of a loved one as well as due to the isolation associated with Covid-19 precautions. This group meets on Zoom every Tuesday from 2pm-4pm. This group is open to anyone, no registration required. However, it is encouraged that you let the chaplain know if you are joining for the first time in order to welcome you in and answer any questions. This group has a weekly attendance of around 10-12 people. It is moderated by the Chaplain Abby Embry.
Go to this page below for more information on the group and how to access the Zoom meeting.
▸ 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 group has moved to a virtual format. For more information, please contact Charlotte Moyler at 757-903-1641 or email: email@example.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. This group has moved to a virtual format. The group is facilitated by Charlotte Moyler. To learn more about the group, please contact Charlotte Moyler, Chapter Facilitator at 757-903-1641 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To read more about The Compassionate Friends as an organization visit: https://www.compassionatefriends.org/
▸ When Parents Die
HHSCW 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. This group has been temporarily paused due to Covid restrictions. For more information, please contact Chaplain Abby Embry at 757-206-1177 or via email: email@example.com
▸ Kelly Weinberg Grief Group
HHSCW 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. This group has moved to an virtual format, visit the website for more information on how to join. For more information, call 757-250-3220 or visit the Kelly Weinberg website: www.kellyweinbergfoundation.org
▸ Kelly Weinberg Cancer Support Group
HHSCW 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 caregivers and cancer care receivers. Group no longer meets in person at HHSCW. 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. This service is free to attend, but donations are encouraged. For more information, please contact Chaplain Abby Embry at 757-206-1177 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Held each December in 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 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. This service is free to attend. Memorial ornaments are available to purchase in advance. Please call 757.253.1220 for more information. This year the event will be held virtually, return to this site for more information to come soon.
▸ Celebration of Life
Each spring, HHSCW offers a nondenominational memorial service held on the Patio of Memories in Hospice House. Facilitated by the Hospice House Chaplain, this ceremony remembers all those who have passed away in 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 Abby Embry at 757-206-1177 or email@example.com
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. Please contact Volunteers & Operations Director, Diane Schwarz with questions or for additional information: 757-253-1220. For more information on ordering memorial pavers please click HERE.
▸ Patio of Memories Remembrance Ceremonies
Patio of Memories services are temporarily not available due to Covid-19 precautions.
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
Due to Covid-19 precautions, bereavement sessions are held via Zoom, by phone, or with FaceTime.
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 Abby Embry, please call 757-206-1177 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
▸ Online Library
Due to Covid-19 precautions, access to the library is not available at this time.
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.
▸ Walking/Social Group
This is an ongoing walking and social support group to meet others in the same situation. Due to Covid-19 precautions, all social activities have been postponed. The walking group continues to meet, with safety guidelines. Contact Chaplain Abby Embry at 757-206-1177 or email: email@example.com for more information and she will sign you up to get regular email updates about the walks or you can fill out the form below.