Patient & Family Support
Mourning the loss of a loved one is painful and can be a lonely journey. Hospice of Health First's Bereavement Support Services Team can help. Grief is a universal process that begins with the diagnosis of a terminal illness and continues for the family and friends after the patient's death. However, each experience is as unique as the individuals themselves. Sometimes people need help and guidance in developing the coping skills to go on with their lives. Other times they just need someone to talk to about their feelings and share their thoughts, sometimes that means seeking outside help to work through the grief.
Hospice of Health First's Bereavement Support Services are offered to Hospice families at no cost. Our Bereavement Support Services Team includes bereavement counselors, mental health counselors, children grief specialists and volunteers who keep in touch with family members, individually or as a group for a year or longer. They provide contact through home visits, telephone calls, and regularly scheduled support group meetings.
Adult bereavement groups are designed to assist participants in their efforts to understand the process of grieving, recognizing behaviors brought on by grief, reinforce healthy behaviors to cope with grief re-establish social activities and develop a support network. Hospice of Health First provides a variety of support and social groups to meet the needs of our survivors. Covering Brevard County, multiple opportunities are available on a monthly basis from Barefoot Bay to Merritt Island to assist survivors in their journey, whether the loss is recent or some time ago, there is a group fit for everyone.
View the Bereavement Calendar
Hospice of Health First takes an opportunity twice a year to come together in remembrance of the patients we have been privileged to serve. This Semi Annual Memorial Service takes place around the county in various Churches and gives families, staff, and volunteers an opportunity to share memories of those who have gone before us.
To provide continued support to the community built William Childs Hospice House, commemorative bricks can be purchased to honor your loved ones. Each brick will be placed in pathways surrounding the Hospice House, and a semiannual Brick Paver service will be held in the spring and fall allowing for family members to see their bricks and remember their loved ones.
Brick Paver Brochure
At Hospice of Health First, we realize that spiritual care is a personal issue and differs from person to person. Some people may find solace in the rituals and traditions of organized religion; others reflect in other ways. Hospice of Health First respects the diverse needs of our patients and is not affiliated with any religious group, but we do have excellent relationships with the churches in Brevard County. We're happy to work with a patient's personal spiritual advisor or provide our own Hospice Chaplain for your loved one's spiritual needs. Our Spiritual Care staff support our patients and their families as they struggle to deal with the questions that often arise during and after the death of a loved one.
Griefwords Online Library
Illness and death are a part of life, and so is the grief process that allows one to move toward hope, healing, and renewal. But for a child who has lost a loved one, the road can be filled with a silent pain that others may forget. Commonly called "silent grievers," children deal with the loss of a loved one in a unique way, and their path toward healing is different than adults. Bright Star is a specialized children's program for grief and loss that encourages the expression of grief experiences through creative, positive play within a peer group setting.
Bright Star provides a safe and supportive environment where children, teens, and their families grieving the death of a loved one can share their experience. At Bright Star, we believe:
- Grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one for children as well as adults.
- Within each individual is the natural capacity to heal.
- The duration and intensity of grief are unique for each person.
- Caring and acceptance assist in the healing process.
Our core staff of professionals facilitates children's groups. They each have advanced degrees in Counseling and Social Work, as well as prior experience in dealing with bereavement. Children don't have to grieve in silence with Bright Star lighting the way.
Located at 3661 S. Babcock Street in Melbourne, FL, the Bright Star Center for Grieving Children & Families is child- and family-friendly. You can reach the center at 321-733-7672 for more information.
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We will keep your loved ones feeling "at home".