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Bereavement

Hendrick Hospice Care bereavement support is available to the community free of charge, regardless of whether you have utilized our hospice services. For those who have lost a loved one on our services, bereavement support is offered to families for at least 15 months following death.

Adult Grief

Some of the services we offer include:

  • Limited sessions of individual grief support via phone, email, or in-person visits
  • Online resources about grief
  • Literature about grief
  • Living is for Today (LIFT): a lunch and learn program that offers community and fellowship
    • Abilene LIFT is held monthly at the Davis Bereavement Center located at Hendrick Hospice Care, 1651 Pine Street. Call 325.670.6999 to make a reservation for the buffet lunch (cost $10).
    • Sweetwater LIFT is held quarterly at various restaurants around Sweetwater. Call 325.670.6999 to reserve your seat or 325.670.6951 for more information.
  • Support Groups: 8-week long curriculum-based grief groups. Groups begin several times throughout the year as determined by interest. Please call 325.670.6951 to request that your name be added to our contact list.
  • Grief in the Holidays: An educational program to help individuals experience healing during the holiday season. Topics include: basic grief information, ways to care for yourself during the holidays and coping strategies. There is no charge for this program.
  • Celebration of Life Candlelight Memorial Service: A memorial service to honor the lives and celebrate the legacies of Hendrick Hospice Care patients who have passed.
  • Assistance with locating community resources, including referrals to mental health professionals.

For questions or more information, contact Adrianna Golden-Smith at 325.670.6951, toll free 800-622-8516 or email adrsmith@ehendrick.orgLIFT logo

Children’s Grief

Hendrick Hospice Care provides grief programs for children and teens who have experienced a loss. Losses are varied and could include but are not limited to death, divorce, separation, incarceration and deployment. All programs are offered at no-cost thanks to generous donations through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. There is a $10 application fee for Camp Courage and Camp Courage JR only.

Some of the services we offer include:

  • Online resources about grief
  • Literature about grief
  • Assistance with locating community resources, including referrals to mental health professionals
  • Club Courage: A 6-week support group offered twice a year for children and teens, ages kindergarten - 12th grade.
    • Children participate in activities that promote self-esteem, encourage self-healing and provide an outlet for unexpressed emotions.
    • The supportive environment helps each child develop healthy coping skills through a variety of grief exercises.
  • Camp Courage: a three-day, two night camp for children ages third - 12th grade.
    • Children participate in recreational activities that promote self-esteem, encourage self-healing, and provide an outlet for unexpressed emotions.
    • With the help of specially trained counselors, campers develop health coping skills as a result of the variety of grief exercises offered, which ultimately build trust and an understanding of the grief process
  • Camp Courage Jr: a half-day camp for younger children not ready for the overnight camp experience. This day camp is specifically for those entering kindergarten - 2nd grade.

For questions or more information, contact Adrianna Golden-Smith at 325.670.6951, toll free 800-622-8516 or email adrsmith@hendrickhealth.org.