Grief and Loss

LOVE beadsGrief is the normal, natural response to the loss of someone or something important.   It is unique to the person experiencing it and is as individual as the relationship that brought it about.  Because of this uniqueness and individuality, there is no set timetable for how a person goes through the process.  Likewise, what is helpful for some people may not be helpful for others.

Types of grief

Grief comes at different points along the journey of loss, but the primary points are the period that begins at diagnosis and the period that begins at the death of a loved one.  From the point of diagnosis to death, there are two types of grief: preparatory and anticipatory

Preparatory grief is experienced by the person who is ill as they grieve the loss of their health, independence, and the shortened time they will have with others.  Anticipatory grief is experienced by family and friends as they struggle with thoughts and feelings surrounding the impending loss of their loved one.  In the hospice and palliative care settings, these losses are typically processed with social workers and/or chaplains who are specifically trained to deal with these experiences.

Once death has occurred, feelings, thoughts, physical reactions, and other aspects of grief usually make adjustment difficult and carrying out basic activities seems harder.  Family, friends and other people you know and trust may have difficulty sharing in your grief or they may be struggling with the loss themselves. That’s when the grief care services of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region can be so important. We listen. We support. We care. It is our goal to provide grief care services that address individual needs and situations, because everyone experiences grief in their own way, and on their own timetable.

We Can Help

We offer:

  • Programs for all age groups - children, older teens, adults, and senior adults
  • Short-term individual counseling, including referrals for more intensive therapy when appropriate
  • Support groups (both on-going and time-limited) that are educational and supportive in nature
  • Educational, one-session workshops for those who want to learn more about coping with their grief
  • Chameleon's Journey, an overnight grief camp for children ages 7 - 16
  • Workplace grief services including Critical Incident Stress Management

Grief has a direct affect on many aspects of an individual’s life, including job performance, personal relationships, and other aspects of well-being.  Grief is a process that is not completed in a finite period of time. Therefore, Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region extends support to family members and other loved ones both before and after death. 

Call us.  We can help.