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Grief Counseling

Grief affects your whole being — physically, emotionally and spiritually. You or your family members may experience an overwhelming array of feelings in the aftermath of a loss or diagnosis. Some common reactions are:

  • Sadness, anger, anxiety, guilt and fear
  • Exhaustion or fatigue, sleep and appetite changes,
  • Difficulty with concentration, decision making or forgetfulness
  • Irritability, poor self-care, and isolating behaviors

While all of these responses are typical and normal, everyone expresses grief in their unique way. Some may take comfort in talking and expressing their feelings, while others may keep to themselves and express feelings privately. Still others may engage in constant activity, finding solace in keeping busy. When grieving, each one’s way is “appropriate” and deserves respect.

‚ÄčTo find out more about our counseling services, please call the Center for Grief & Healing at (559) 248-8579 or email: centerforgriefandhealing@hindshospice.org.

Counseling for those grieving after diagnosis

Often grieving begins at the time of diagnosis of a life-limiting condition or illness. There is grief associated with the loss that comes with illness, whether it is loss associated with physical decline or loss associated with role changes. We offer support to families whose loved one is an adult, child or baby who is diagnosed in pregnancy.

We can:

  • Offer a safe place to share your array of feelings
  • Help with family communication
  • Offer opportunities to express and define hope
  • Help those adjusting to the impact of illness
  • Offer suggestions for memory making opportunities
  • Assist with developing self-care strategies for those who are ill and for their loved ones
  • Assist with problem solving and planning

Counseling for those grieving after death

Mourning in response to loss is a natural, healthy reaction to one of life’s most painful challenges. We at the Center for Grief & Healing are available to assist on your journey.

We can:

  • Help you understand your grief for what it is: a reaction to a significant loss
  • Offer opportunities to share about the person who died
  • Help you move through the pain of loss without letting go of the connection with your loved one
  • Provide information about grief in general
  • Offer suggestions for getting through the day and through the nights
  • Help you plan for difficult days, such as birthdays, holidays and anniversaries
  • Suggest mourning rituals that may help you to honor and remember your loved on
  • Help to normalize what you are experiencing in your grief

Our counseling services include:

  • Counseling for individuals diagnosed with a life-limiting illness
  • Counseling for those whose loved one is facing a life-limiting illness
  • Counseling for individuals and families impacted by the death of a loved one
  • Counseling for individuals and couples facing infant or pregnancy loss and/or infertility, as well as those needing support who are in pregnancy after a loss.

Our counseling services are not limited to patients and families that are being served by Hinds Hospice, our grief counseling services are open to anyone in the community needing grief support.