Grief Support for Family and Friends

Hope after loss

hospice grieving child

Hope after loss

Every person grieves in their own unique way. Because grief and mourning are personal, we listen and adapt our bereavement program to fit your experience and traditions. Each of our offices has a bereavement coordinator dedicated to supporting family, friends and loved ones. Compassus also provides grief services in the communities where we work.

Support can begin before the death of a loved one and extend for up to a year. Even after that time, we're available to help you cope with loss. There is no charge for bereavement services and the choice is yours.

Grief support

The loss of a significant person in your life is difficult. Compassus is here to support you.

While grief support is a requirement for Medicare hospice providers, all programs are not the same. Talk with the bereavement coordinator at your local hospice. The best coordinators are great listeners and caring professionals.

Care options from our bereavement coordinator or chaplain include:

  • Individual and family counseling
  • Phone contact and/or mail support
  • Remembrance gatherings
  • Specialized support for children and teens
  • Critical incident stress management and debriefing
  • Community grief education presentations
  • Virtual grief support groups via Zoom
  • Pre-loss counseling, because grief can start before death

Bereavement services include calls, visits, written materials, support groups and individual counseling sessions. You have control over how and when to receive care.

Grief support groups

Compassus offers local grief support groups that are confidential covering topics including grief, mourning, goal setting, coping skills, reconciliation, resolution and many more. Grief support groups are a safe place to share your story with others on a similar journey. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these local Compassus grief support groups will be conducted via Zoom. has an online locator for grief support groups nationwide.

Community Bereavement programs

Many of our programs have experts available to speak at your workplace, school, church, club or other community organization about grief and coping with the loss of a loved one.

Remembrance Gatherings

Remembrance gatherings are an opportunity to honor loved ones who have died.

More support online

  • We understand physical distancing recommendations due to the COVID-19 pandemic have brought significant challenges to the grieving process. David Kessler, one of the world's foremost experts on healing and loss, currently leads a free online grief support group on Facebook to assist anyone going through the grieving process during this unusual and challenging time.

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