Grief and Bereavement Services

At Halifax Health – Hospice we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to grieve.   Everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time.  Grief is a completely natural and expected reaction, and people can greatly benefit from bereavement services. 

Our comprehensive Bereavement (Grief Support) Program is committed to offering grief support to those who have had a loved one die under our care.  This can last up to a year following the death or sometimes longer.  We also extend our services to persons in the community who have had a death in their family.    

Our Bereavement Program has very specialized services for Children at our BegainAgain Childrens Grief Centers.  Our Traumatic Loss Program serves those whose loved one has experienced a death due to homicide, accident, suicide, war, terrorism or natural disaster. 

Learn more about our programs:

 

  • Adult Programs

    At Halifax Health – Hospice, our bereavement counselors have earned a Master’s Degree and have completed specialized training in grief counseling.  They provide individual and family counseling as well as a number of group sessions.  Many find group sessions especially helpful as they can meet others who have experienced a recent loss.  Groups offered include New Beginnings, a 7-week program and Reflections which is social and supportive by design.  A Young Widows/Widowers group provides special support for this population.

    Our goal is to support the bereaved through a difficult time and provide them with the skills to cope.   Bereavement services are available for up to a year and sometimes longer.  The hope is that when it is time for discharge from the program that it will have been a positive and helpful experience. 

    Our bereavement counselors are located throughout our service areas.  For more information contact 386.425.4738

  • BeginAgain Children’s Program

    At Halifax Health - Hospice, we believe that children deserve the opportunity to grieve after the death of a loved one and have designed programs specifically to meet their needs.

    The Lawrence E. Whelan BeginAgain Children’s Grief Centers provide a safe and child-friendly environment.  Modeled after the DougyCenter in PortlandOregon, this hospice-related program encourages grief expression in ways best suited for children and teenagers.  Some of the activities include support groups, art, drama, music and physical activity. 

    Children from age 4 -18 who have experienced the death of someone close to them are eligible to participate.  Consent of a parent or legal guardian is required.  An orientation will be scheduled prior to group registration to complete paperwork, learn more about our program and tour our facility. 

    Our counselors are Master’s level therapists and specially trained in children’s grief and there is a team of highly trained and dedicated volunteers.

    We have specialized Children’s Centers in Daytona Beach/ Flagler Beach (call 386.425-3100) Deland (call 386.425.9889 or 386.425.9885) and Orlando (call 407.825.9848).  Please download the brochure for additional information. 

  • Halifax Health Traumatic Loss Program

    The Halifax Health - Hospice Traumatic Loss Program is the only program in the State of Florida designated specifically to meet the needs of those bereaved by a sudden, unnatural death. These specialized services are offered to residents who have experienced a loss due to homicide, suicide, accidents, line of duty, war, terrorism, or natural disaster. This unique program provides a safe, supportive environment that promotes growth, healing and resilience for those traumatically bereaved. 

    This program is available to all ages and offers a wide array of services including individual and family counseling, therapeutic support groups, and commemorative events throughout the year. Flexible scheduling is offered during the business week and program sites are located throughout Volusia, Flagler, and Orange/Osceola Counties for ease of service accessibility.

    Our Trauma Informed Counselors hold various certifications and specializations in the field of grief, trauma, and spirituality that lend a unique perspective when working with those traumatically bereaved and practice evidenced -based approaches.

    The HH - H Traumatic Loss Program considers it an honor to be able to be to accompany you along your journey. Please call us at 386.425-3339 to learn more information about how we can help.

  • Pet Loss

    Halifax Health – Hospice understands that the loss of a pet can be devastating for an individual or a family. We offer a Pet Loss Support Group called Tender Paws.  This group is meant to offer emotional support and an opportunity to connect with other bereaved pet owners.  Please call for the dates and times at the location nearest you.  For DeLand area call 386.425.9889.  For Daytona Beach area call 386.425-3339.

  • National Day of Remembrance

    The Victim Services’ Coalition of the 7th Judicial Circuit, in collaboration with Halifax Health - Hospice Traumatic Loss Program, invites you to join us for a National Day of Remembrance Ceremony on Thursday, September 27, 2018, 6:00 pm at the Shores Resort and Spa.

    The National Day of Remembrance, for the victims and survivors of homicide and traumatic loss,is recognized each year as affirmation that the victims and those left behind have not been forgotten. The Victim Services’ Coalition of the 7th Judicial Circuit and Halifax Health - Hospice Traumatic Loss Program observe this day as a way to remember, reflect, and heal.

    Please bring an unframed picture, 5” x 7” or smaller, to place on our Wall of Remembrance during the ceremony. Your picture will be returned. The Closing Ceremony will be held on the beach in front of the The Shores Resort & Spa. Please wear comfortable attire.

     

     

     

    If you have not had the opportunity to decorate a commemorative rock,we encourage you to do so to add to the Rocks approximately 3” x 6”, decorated with waterproof acrylic paint and permanent markers is recommended.

     

     

     

     

    Names of loved ones will be acknowledged during the event. If you would like your loved one’s name included or to RSVP to the event,please contact us by September 7, 2018. For more information orquestions, please call Dr. Kimberly Beck-Frate at 386 425-3339 or email at kimberly.beck-frate@halifax.org.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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