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 maintain contact with bereaved families following the death of a loved one to offer comfort, support, referrals and services as needed.

Eligibility

Bereavement Support is open to all in the community regardless of their previous connection to Hospice House & Support Care.

Cost

There are no charges for services of Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg.

Programs Available

Hospice House & Support Care offers a confidential 1-1 with the chaplain to help match your needs with the most appropriate resource. To meet with Chaplain Hannah Creager call 757-206-1177 or email: bereavement@williamsburghospice.org.

When grief touches your workplace, school, or organization Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg can provide on-site bereavement support and education. Call 757-253-1220 for more information.

Monthly Groups

This is an ongoing social group to meet others in the same situation. Participants need not walk to join! Other activities include: dinner, movies, coffee, lunch, and concerts.

This is a group for bereaved women who have lost their partners.  The group meets monthly in the home of a Hospice House bereavement volunteer or in an area restaurant.  It is an opportunity for grieving individuals to talk openly about their feelings and challenges with one another as well as to find fellowship over food.  Many of the women who participate in this program establish solid friendships when they might have been left completely alone in the area at the death of their spouse or partner.

For more information contact Chaplain Hannah Creager at 757-206-1177 or email: bereavement@williamsburghospice.org.

This is a group for bereaved men who have lost their partners.  The group meets monthly at a local restaurant for lunch.  Like the women’s lunch group, this group provides an opportunity for grieving individuals to find commonality and friendship through the sharing of grief journeys over a meal.

 

Call 757-206-1177 or email: bereavement@williamsburghospice.org.

This workshop is for adults mourning the death of a loved one. Focused resources are provided at each session and conversation is focused on finding meaning through grief. Each group is limited to ten participants and preregistration is required.

  • Workshops offered three times per year: winter, spring and fall at Hospice House
  • Commitment of 6 Sessions meeting every other week
  • Facilitated by Chaplain Hannah Creager
  • Registration required. Call Chaplain Hannah Creager at 757-206-1177 or email: bereavement@williamsburghospice.org.

Peer-Run Support Groups

The Compassionate Friends is a local chapter of an international organization. Participants are all bereaved parents (guardians), adult siblings, or grandparents who are dealing with the death of a child. This is a group that no one wishes to be part of, but many are glad exists because it offers a safe space for bereaved parents to remember their children (no matter how long ago they died) without judgment, learn coping skills, and make healing friendships.

This is a peer run group that is for the support of any person touched by the death of a loved one to suicide. The group offers a confidential setting in which to explore your feelings and find comfort in not being alone on your grief journey. Join us as we make a conscious decision to be an active participant in our own healing by:

  • Giving ourselves permission to grieve.
  • Staying connected with supportive people.
  • Learning acceptance with Grace/Truth/Time.
  • Easing ourselves back into reality.
  • Sharing our experiences and helping others on the recovery road.
  • Meets 1st Thursday of the month from 7 pm-8:30 pm at Hospice House.
  • Contact Charlotte Moyler at 757-903-1641 or email:  williamsburgsurvivors@gmail.com.

Seasonal Events

For many individuals and families, a time of shared remembrance with reflection, music and prayer brings comfort during special times of the year.

  • Candlelight Memorial Service – This is a nondenominational candlelight memorial service is offered each November to remember anyone who has passed away in the Williamsburg community as well as those who have passed away at Hospice House in the last year.
  • A “Celebration of Life”  – This is service is held early in May on the patio at Hospice House. This service is to remember all those who have passed away at Hospice House in the last year as well as those whose loved ones have donated memorial bricks for our back patio.

*Both services are facilitated by the Hospice House Chaplain.

Other Resources

We have books to loan to anyone in the community!

Book subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Death & Dying
  • Support Group Guides
  • Children’s Books
  • Memoirs
  • Novels

Visit our online library page or call 757-253-1220 for additional information.

On our blog you can find posts on subjects such as living with grief, social hospice, our Hospice House events and much more!

Check it out!: https://williamsburghospice.org/newsletters/hospice-house-blog/

For a comprehensive and printer-friendly list of our bereavement services, click the link below:

HHSCW Bereavement Resources 2016