Short-term death-related grief focused support
At Blue Ridge Hospice, our team of licensed counselors is dedicated to providing the communities we serve with grief support services. When a loved one dies we are there to help you process the loss and work towards your goals. We do not judge your experience of grief and we will not tell you there is a right way to grieve — we are just there by your side as you work through this difficult time.
Death is a natural part of life and all of us are affected by it. That does not mean it is easy.
Everyone grieves differently — what you feel and experience as you are grieving might differ from what someone else feels and experiences. The effects of grief can be pervasive — they can affect your mind and body. You might feel guilt, anxiety, or regret. You may experience headaches, tiredness, nausea, muscle weakness, and/or trouble sleeping or eating. Whatever you’re experiencing, what you’re experiencing is valid for you.
Together, we can help you identify how your grief is affecting you. Then we can work towards goals that help you integrate your loss into your life. We will guide you as you sort out how you are processing your grief, and offer advice and tools to help you through your grief journey.
Keep in mind there is no timetable for your grief journey. Everyone processes a personal loss in his or her own way at his or her own pace. Blue Ridge Hospice accompanies you on your grief journey according to your needs, your pace.
Anticipatory grief encompasses the emotions, thoughts, and other responses to anticipating a loved one’s approaching death. Anticipatory grief is commonly experienced by those caring for someone with a terminal illness. Along with the challenges of caregiving, watching your loved one’s decline can be emotionally and spiritually exhausting and physically draining.
Blue Ridge Hospice’s counselors are available to help caregivers cope with anticipatory grief through pre-bereavement counseling.
How does individual counseling work?
When you reach out to our counselors, we will schedule an introductory intake session. We will ask you to share more about the loss you have experienced and what you are seeking through grief and loss support services. From there, we will suggest next steps specifically to meet your needs. In addition to individual sessions, we may suggest you join us for one of our group sessions or make use of the other grief and bereavement services Blue Ridge Hospice provides.