Bereavement Support

Hospice of the West understands that everyone needs a support system to help navigate through the grief journey.

Grief support groups offer companionship and understanding from others who have experienced a similar loss and are experiencing the similar challenges that living with grief brings.  Support groups help you learn to permit yourself to grieve and to also live a happy productive life.

We also provide caregiver support groups.  Being a caregiver is difficult and often all consuming.  We at Hospice of the West want to provide an opportunity to assist in reducing caregiver stress, improving coping, decreasing isolation, improving self-care and learning practical tips that can aide in keeping loved ones in their homes as long as possible.

Hospice of the West is currently offering the following support groups:

*Caring for the Caregiver support group at Desert Foothills Library (1st Monday of the month)      

* “Healing Pathways” Bereavement support group at Desert Foothills Library (2nd & 4th Monday)             

* Parkinson’s Care Partner support group at Health South Scottsdale (4th Friday of month)          

* Sun City West Grief and Loss support group (every Thursday)      

* Grief and Loss support group at Benevilla (Surprise- every Wednesday)       

*Brookdale East Mesa Alzheimer’s support group ( 3rd Tuesday of the month) 

*Freedom Plaza Independent Living Caregiver Group (4th Wednesday of the month) 

Please call Hospice of the West at 602-343-6422 for more information regarding these support groups.        

 

As Carol Staudacher writes in her book, A Time to Grieve. Meditations for Healing After the Death of a Loved One: “The death of a loved one, is for most of us, the most profound emotional experience we will ever have to endure.  Through our grief we often see the days that are ahead of us as something to dread, a solid block of future that we are going to have to “get through” some way or another. It is not an all in one chunk that we must push before us like weary work animals doing our grim duty. The future is a series of opportunities that come one day at a time.”

The best thing about the future is it only comes one day at a time. – Abraham Lincoln.

Remember, we do care and we are here.

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