For the most current bereavement information please contact us at bereavement@williamsburghospice.org or call (757) 253-1220

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. The groups last 8-weeks, four times a year during Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall. They meet weekly on Tuesdays for two hours. There is no cost to participants, but registration is necessary as space is limited. Donations are encouraged.

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.

▸ Light-Up-A-Life

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.

▸ 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 in the year prior have passed away in Hospice House or whose loved ones have donated memorial bricks to the patio.  A brief reception provided by Hospice House Guild Volunteers follows the ceremony.

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 or by phone.
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.

▸ Hospice House 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. Fill out the form below to get on our email list.

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