Coping with Loss
During your loved one’s illness, you may be too busy with care-giving to feel the full weight of your loss. After he or she passes away, your grief may come suddenly or happen over time, and the depth of your feelings may surprise you. It's important that you get care for your emotional and spiritual health; understanding grief and the feelings attached to it are important steps in healing.
Lean on us when you need help coping with your loss. Our licensed bereavement counselors are here for those left behind. The bereavement team provides one-on-one counseling, grief education, workshops, a children’s loss program and other resources. You can also join one of our grief support groups where you can find strength in being in a safe environment with others walking a similar path.
Grief Support Groups & Workshops
- Peer Support Groups
- Young Widows and Widowers is a six-week support group for men and women age 60 and under who’ve lost their spouse or life partner.
- Senior Widows and Widowers is a six-week support group for men and women over the age of 60 who’ve lost their spouse or life partner.
- Social Groups
Find a shoulder. Give support. Solace and healing can be found by being with others who are also grieving. They can support you with unique understanding in supportive, casual settings. You can choose from:
- Women’s Lunch Bunch, led by bereavement team members. Ladies meet on the third Friday of every month at a restaurant in Altamonte Springs. Come ready to share, listen and pay for your meal.
- Men’s Breakfast Group, led by a hospice chaplain and volunteer. Men meet on the first and third Friday of every month at a restaurant in Altamonte Springs. You pay for your own meal.
- Comfort Foods Potluck, led by bereavement team members who can facilitate an informal talk at the group’s request. Men and women meet quarterly at Hospice of the Comforter’s Center for Community Care in Altamonte Springs. Please bring a covered dish to share.
Free grief education workshops are available throughout the year. Check our schedule and choose a topic you're interested in. Topics include stress relief, grieving as a family and helping children cope with grief. We welcome anyone who has lost a loved one.
- Memorial Services
Twice a year (usually spring and fall) we hold a non-denominational memorial service to honor loved ones who have passed on. Family members and others are invited to join us in a central location. Community members interested in coming to a memorial service should contact our Bereavement Department at Call407-379-0490.