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.
Adult Grief Support Group
The Support Group meets to share stories and feelings and support one another in an understanding and caring environment. An application is required, but attendance is flexible. Group members frequently find solace and comfort in the recognition that there are others going through similar experiences. The meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:00pm in the classrooms of the hospital located at 520 N. Third Avenue in Sandpoint.
Grief Acceptance 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, develop coping skills and social support and 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.
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.
Highly trained and supportive volunteers are available to meet individually with those who prefer a one-on-one interaction. Typical sessions are weekly and may continue for up to eight weeks.
Provides children with the tools to cope with the loss of a parent, grandparent, sibling, or close friend. Held every summer, this three-day camp is facilitated by trained hospice volunteers.
Bonner General Health Community Hospice is your resource for books containing information about death, dying and bereavement. Please visit the library Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
To apply for any of the grief programs offered through Bonner General Health Community Hospice call (208) 265-1179. All bereavement services are free of charge to residents in Bonner or Boundary county.