Bereavement is the period of grief and mourning after a death. When you grieve, it’s part of the normal process of reacting to a loss. You may experience grief as a mental, physical, social or emotional reaction. Mental reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness and despair. Physical reactions can include sleeping problems, changes in appetite, physical problems or illness.
How long bereavement lasts can depend on how close you were to the person who died, if the person’s death was expected and other factors. Friends, family and faith may be sources of support. Grief counseling or grief therapy is also helpful to some people.
Novel Hospice Care offers consistent and continuing grief and bereavement support to families, friends and staff while a patient is under our care and for up to 13 months following a death. Even after that time, we are always available to listen and help you work through your grief.
Novel Hospice Care’s grief and bereavement services include:
- Memorial services
- Home visits from bereavement specialists, chaplains and volunteers
- Bereavement telephone support
- Links to bereavement support groups
- Quarterly bereavement letters of support
- Referrals to grief therapists, community support groups, etc.