Grief is the feeling of loss we experience physically and emotionally at the time someone close to us dies. It is often accompanied by a sense of shock or numbness.
Bereavement is the process of adjusting to life without our loved one. The process is different for everyone and may affect our thoughts and feelings for months or even years. Sometimes it can affect us physically in ways that are difficult to understand.
It may be helpful to speak to someone about our feelings and sort through issues associated with the adjustment to our loss. Bonner General Health Community Hospice offers several types of bereavement support and services suitable to the needs of each individual. 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 on the third Tuesday each month at 5:00 p.m. at Creations of Sandpoint in the Cedar Street Bridge located at 334 N. First Avenue in downtown 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. Join us for a time to connect with others in a positive environment. These bereavement services are offered at no cost to parents who would like to receive support, grandparents are also welcome. Please contact Lissa DeFreitas at 208-265-1185 for an application or for more information.
Provides children with the tools to cope with the loss of a parent, grandparent, sibling, or close friend. Held in June, this three-day camp is facilitated by trained hospice volunteers. Call (208) 265-1179 for an application and to reserve your spot.
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.