Grief Support

The Center for Hope & Healing

Every person’s grief experience is unique. If you are grieving the loss of someone, we can help you toward a path of hope and renewal. The grief support professionals at our Center for Hope & Healing offer compassionate and individualized support for grief at any stage.

Counseling and Support Groups

Central to the mission of HopeHealth, we provide ongoing support and counseling to members of our community.

Our counselors can meet privately with individuals and families, both children and adults, in an office setting, in the community or at your home. Counselors have advanced training and experience in grief support and the emotional effects of serious illness.

We also offer a variety of grief support groups specific to what you may be experiencing. These include six-week sessions and ongoing general monthly groups led by trained facilitators. They are open to anyone who has experienced a loss regardless of whether hospice was used.

(If you are caring for someone with a memory impairment, you may be interested in our dementia caregiver support groups.)

Remembrance Events

HopeHealth hosts special events in Massachusetts and Rhode Island where you can remember a loved one. All events are free to attend.

A Spring Evening of Hope & Remembrance

This annual spring gathering is an opportunity to honor the memory of your loved ones and reflect.

See Facebook photos from last year’s event.

Young carer walking with the elderly woman in the park
An elderly woman hanging ornaments on a christmas tree. her back is to the camera.

Light Up a Life

Celebrate memories at this memorial held every December—a wonderful way to bring light during the darkest time of year.

2018 Dates

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PARISH
Fr. Greenan Hall, 128 High Street, Wakefield, RI 02879
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

HAMBLY HOUSE
30 Red Cross Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Tree of Memories Ceremonies

This annual memorial allows participants to celebrate the memory of a loved one in a special way. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, guests can purchase shells that are placed on 20 trees from Brockton to Martha’s Vineyard. Memorial ceremonies and thoughtful readings are held at each tree site.

Learn More

Learn more about our remembrance events.
Call our Center for Hope & Healing at (888) 528-9077.

“Hope—a one syllable word that will keep you going when all of the other more impressive words have failed to sustain you.”

— Joni Aldrich, author and inspirational speaker

Community Crisis Interventions

Our hospice counselors are available when a sudden death occurs or otherwise impacts a group, such as workplace, school or other community. Services include immediate crisis intervention as well as ongoing support and education.

Grief Camps and Retreats

Our grief camps and retreats provide a safe and compassionate environment to be in company of others who are grieving.

Kids exercising in green tshirts at camp braveheart as a counselor in a blue shirt leads them

Camp BraveHeart

Every summer, children aged 4 to 17 who are dealing with loss find solace at HopeHealth's Camp BraveHeart. This summer camp program offers a nurturing, safe environment to help children cope with grief.

Campers take part in fun, traditional activities such as swimming, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, gardening and storytelling. Grief counselors lead discussions and opportunities to memorialize loved ones during art, music, theater and drum circle activities. The camp concludes with a butterfly release and a remembrance ceremony.

Thank you to all our volunteers and sponsors for helping make our 2018 events a huge success! Stay tuned for 2019 dates.

Weekend of Hope and Healing - older people sitting around a camp fire on benches in front of a lake

Adult Grief Retreat

For people aged 18 and older, our adult grief retreat is a weekend experience with a variety of activities to nurture the mind, body and spirit.

In Rhode Island
September 28–30, 2018
Camp Aldersgate
1043 Snake Hill Road, North Scituate, RI

Space is limited for this event. To register, download our registration form and email it to DLambert@HopeHealthCo.org. Learn more by calling (401) 415-4300.

Alternative Grief Support

HopeHealth's holistic approach to grief support goes beyond traditional interventions. These alternative services—yoga, meditation/mindfulness and art therapy—care for the mind, body and spirit.

Yoga for Grief and Healing

We partner with Shri Yoga in Pawtucket, RI, for this weekly yoga and meditation group tailored specially for people dealing with grief. All levels of yoga experience are welcome. Yoga and meditation are practiced on chairs and the floor, and journals and other materials are provided.

Art Therapy

When we create art, we give ourselves permission to examine all that is happening within our grieving bodies. We use art therapy to encourage movement of the imagination and release tension.

Meditation and Mindfulness Workshops

If you are coping with grief, the practice of meditation and mindfulness can be a source of healing. Meditation and mindfulness helps us:

  • Be sensitive to our changing needs through the grief process
  • Develop an attitude of self-care and compassion
  • Reduce stress, increase emotional resilience and improve sleep
  • Discover new meaning after the death of a loved one.

Held seasonally, our meditation and mindfulness workshops offer focus, self-awareness and inspiration. Anyone is welcome to attend. View our grief support schedule for details.

Grief Support Readings

Our large library of articles offers practical suggestions to help you work through your grief journey or support others in mourning.

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Let us bring hope and healing.

Contact (888) 528-9077 or Information@HopeHealthCo.org to learn more about our grief support services.

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