Our Bereavement Department is committed to providing compassionate grief services and support to adults, teens and children who are grieving the loss of a family member or close friend. Grief is a universal experience. No one can predict how long grieving will last or how to grieve. There are manifestations of grief common to all who undergo it. Understanding and dealing with these manifestations can be very helpful to people who experience the death of a loved one. For more information about the Bereavement Center offerings listed on this page, please call 301-994-3078.
As an extension of the hospice philosophy, Hospice of St. Mary's offers grief support through our Bereavement Center, which encompasses the entire family as a unit of care. We offer services to families affected by a terminal illness and provide bereavement support after a death for up to 13 months. All services are provided by bereavement coordinators and trained volunteers. The center offers short-term grief counseling, education and support to:
- Surviving family members and loved ones of Hospice of St. Mary's patients
- Children 6 years of age and older, and adults who are residents of St. Mary's County who have experienced the death of a loved one
- Community organizations and schools
- Individuals in the healthcare profession
What Programs Does the Bereavement Center Offer?
For any programs requiring registration, call the bereavement office directly at 301-994-3078.
Adults (ages 18 and older):
- Short-term individual and/or family counseling
- Up to 13 months of contact with families of Hospice patients
- Extensive referral resource information for long-term counseling
Adolescents (ages 13 through 18):
- Through My Eyes Teen Support Group: Designed for any adolescent who has lost a loved one through death. Registration is required, call the bereavement office for details.
Children (ages 6 through 12):
- Sunrise Children's Group: Designed for any child who has lost a loved one through death. Registration is required, call the bereavement office for details. This group runs several times a year.
- Camp Sunrise: Two-day weekend camp held in the summer months at Camp Maria in Leonardtown, Maryland, for youth who have lost a loved one through death. Next session will be August 26-28, 2016. More details coming soon!
Individual Support (ages 6 and older):
- Bereavement support is available on an individual basis for grief counseling. Appointment is required.
Are you looking for additional help in dealing with a life-threatening illness or combating the grief of losing a loved one? Visit the links below for beneficial information during these difficult times.
- Caring Connections
- Compassionate Friends
- Dying Well
- Growth House
- Hospice Association of America
- Journey of Hearts
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Available to All
Members of the Community
Our support groups, educational programs and counseling services are available to all members of the community.
We do not charge a fee for our services. We ask only that those who are able to make a donation do so, so that we can continue to provide grief services to all members of our community, whether or not they have had a loved one served by Hospice of St. Mary's.
► Visit our calendar of events to find a support group or class.
► Learn about advance directives and living wills.