While grief is the normal and natural response to the loss of someone important to you, each person’s grief is unique. It is a process that takes time. Our qualified bereavement counselors can help you navigate the grieving process.
Support Through the Grief Process
After you have lost a loved one, you may be asking yourself: “Why can’t I get over it?” You may experience many emotions: anxiety, worry, guilt, loneliness.
All of these thoughts and feelings are normal. The grieving process has no timetable, but if these emotions are interfering with your life, you may need professional help.
Our services are designed to help you navigate grief at your own pace. We offer grief support to individuals and families as they cope with the emotional, social and financial stresses associated with life-limiting illness and loss.
Throughout the year we host a number of grief support events and programs for the communities we serve.
We offer monthly grief support group meetings. These groups meet regularly across the four counties, giving participants a safe place to share and learn.
During the summer and fall, Coastal Hospice hosts four community-based memorial ceremonies. Anyone is welcome to attend this non-religious event where we recall the names and memories of loved ones and honor them.
Free and open to the public, the purpose of these gatherings is to provide a time of remembrance and reflection. Attendees are invited to either bring their own sea shell, or shells are provided. Attendees are asked to write their loved one’s name(s) on the shell and following a brief time of reflection, can return the shell to the nearby waterway, if so desired. Bereavement Counselors are present to offer grief support and general information about the organization to those interested in learning more about the services Coastal Hospice offers. In accordance with COVID-19 protocols, participants are asked to bring their own chair and to distance from other participants during the brief ceremony.
Pediatric Grief Support
We offer two grief support programs for children that provide tools to cope with loss and assist on their grief journey.
Camp Bridge Kids
Camp Bridge Kids provides a loving place which offers a bridge to hope and healing for children dealing with grief. The three-day gathering is filled with support, love and lots of fun. Open to kids ages 6-12 who reside on the Lower Shore, this day camp will create unique opportunities for healing through play and building community with peers who have experienced similar losses.
Location: Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene (27765 Nanticoke Road, Salisbury, MD)
Opening Night Family Party: Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Camp Days: Friday, October 15 – Saturday, October 16 (8:30 AM – 4:00 PM)
Closing Family Picnic and Activities: Sunday, October 17 from 12:30 – 4:30 PM
Hope & Healing with Horses
This program for children ages 6-to-14 is held annually at a local horse farm. Bereavement staff and volunteers guide the children and their families through their feelings, teaching them strategies to express grief and reduce stress and isolation. The event is free and open to any child who has experienced the loss of a loved one during the previous two years. Due to COVID-19, Hope & Healing with Horses will resume in 2022.
We have a wide range of service offerings to fit your specific needs. Learn more about all of the programs we offer.
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