Bereavement Counseling

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The loss of a loved one is devastating. Learning how to cope with that loss is imperative for the health of the grieving family and friends.
Bonner General Community Hospice offers classes, support groups and individual counseling to help with the grieving process.

Coping with Grief Class

This eight-week program provides a forum for education and discussion in a supportive and safe environment.  Class participants, at various stages of the bereavement process, have all experienced the death of a loved one at least four months prior to the class.  Goals of the class are to express feelings, understand the process and stresses of grief, to assist in developing coping skills and social support, and how to adapt to necessary role changes.  Grief Acceptance Class is offered twice a year during the spring and fall.  Space is limited and advance application is required. Classes are held in the conference room inside the hospice office in the hospital. Call (208) 265-1179 to reserve your spot.

Adult Grief Support Group

Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the classrooms in the hospital. This group, facilitated by trained bereavement counselors, is primarily comprised of those who’ve lost a spouse or parent. Anyone grieving is invited to attend. Call (208) 265-1179 for more information.

Parents Grieving the Loss of a Child Support Group

Meetings are held twice a month at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays each month in the Bonner General Health Community Hospice conference room located in the hospital at 520 N. Third Avenue in Sandpoint. This is an ongoing, informal support group meeting that is open to all parents who have experienced the loss of a child at any age. These bereavement services are offered at no cost to help parents who have experienced the death of a child and would like to receive support. Please contact Lissa DeFreitas at 208-265-1185 for an application or for more information.

Kid’s Camp

Provides children with the tools to cope with the loss of a parent, grandparent, sibling, or close friend. Held June 22nd through the 24th, this three-day camp is facilitated by trained hospice volunteers. Call (208) 265-1179 for an application and to reserve your spot.

Lending Library

Bonner Community Hospice is your resource for books containing information about death, dying and bereavement.  Please visit the library in our office, located in the hospital, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.