Grief is a natural process. The OSF Hospice pastoral care and bereavement services offer patients and their families companionship and true understanding of their experience.
Individual grief counseling and/or support groups can nurture courage and strength.
OSF Hospice bereavement staff:
- Provides counseling and support to patient and family members prior to death
- Provides counseling and support for up to 13 months after the death...longer if needed (phone calls, visits, mailings)
- Offers a memorial service to honor the departed loved one
- Support groups
Professional grief counselors help assist with recognizing and expressing the many manifestations of grief:
- Physical reactions
- Mental chaos
- Emotional turmoil
- Social reactions
- Spiritual concerns