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 Community Hospice at Bonner General Hospital offers several types of bereavement support and services suitable to the needs of each individual.
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.
The Support Group meets twice each month 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.
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.
Bonner 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 Community Hospice at Bonner General Hospital, call (208) 265-1179. All bereavement services are free of charge to residents of either Bonner or Boundary counties.