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 and 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.
- Open support groups
- 6-week support groups
- 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. Please bring a covered dish to share after the quarterly workshop.
Free grief education workshops are available throughout the year. Check our schedule, call Call407-379-0497. Topics include the stress of grief, tips for coping during the holiday's and what helps when grief hurts. 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.
- Student Grief Support Programs
Individual Grief Support Sessions - Ages: 5 to 18
Horizons Bereavement Center
We provide six free individual sessions for students in grades K-12. Students can meet after school with our Children’s Grief Educator to learn age-appropriate coping skills to help them on their journey through grief. For an appointment, call Call407-379-0497.
Camp Healing Hearts Ages: 7 to 17
April and November sessions
A free one-day bereavement camp for students ages 7 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one and are grieving that loss. Students will learn to process their personal loss through games, arts and crafts, and memorial service. Facilitated by specially trained bereavement counselors. To make a reservation, call Call407-379-0497.
Student Grief Support Groups - Seminole and Orange County Public Schools
A six-week educational group provided in the schools with specialized grief support programming developed for children and adolescents by teaching healthy, age-appropriate coping skills. Sessions are facilitated by a specially trained bereavement educator. For more information, contact the guidance counselor at your child’s school.