The Center for Hope & Healing
Every person’s grief experience is unique. If you are grieving the loss of someone, Hope Hospice 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 Hope Hospice, 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.)
Hope Hospice hosts special events in Massachusetts and Rhode Island where you can remember a loved one. All events are free to attend.
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.
“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
Hope 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.
Every summer, children aged 4 to 17 who are dealing with loss find solace at Hope Hospice’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.
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
1043 Snake Hill Road, North Scituate, RI
Alternative Grief Support
Hope Hospice’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.
When we create art, we give ourselves permission to examine all that is happening within our grieving bodies. Hope Hospice uses 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.