Caring for Families

home-picBereavement Support Groups

Our Bereavement Program provides services to all hospice families for up to one year after the death of the patient. Individual counseling or support visits are available upon request.  Following are some of the bereavement services available to families; they are designed to give caring support during grief and are available to families in our community.

  • Women's Group

    This group meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm in the Sadler Center Parlor or at a predetermined restaurant.

  • Men's Group

    This group meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 11:00am in the Sadler Center Parlor.

  • Grief Series

    This is an educational support group for people who have experienced a loss. Sessions are held quarterly and meet on Mondays for five consecutive weeks in the Parlor of the Sadler Bereavement and Education Center. Participants choose either a 10:00am or 6:00pm session.

  • Moving Forward

    This group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month on the lower level of the Sadler building. Everyone brings a dish to share and we enjoy a meal together while discussing topics concerning grief or general ways to improve and enhance our lives.

  • Specialty Groups

    At various times specialty groups are held. They are announced in advance or formed as needed and include topics such as loss of a spouse, loss of a child, loss of a parent, and groups for children.

Still have questions? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about our support groups.

If you would like to speak with someone, please contact Debbie Schmitz, Bereavement Coordinator at 864-328-1950 or toll free at 1-800-261-8636.

childrenChildren’s Grief Groups

Children need an opportunity to express their grief in their own way in their own time.  Many times children who have experienced the death of a loved one feel isolated. The use of art, sand trays and play therapy allow children to express their grief in an environment that is welcoming and understanding of their loss.

  • Anticipatory Grief

    Our children’s grief counselor can explain the process of illness, death and funerals using age appropriate techniques and activities.

  • Bereavement

    After the death of a loved one, our children’s grief counselor focuses on the child’s unique expression of grief, coping and change. Memories are shared and explored via art, play and meaningful activities.

Camp Sunburst

Camp Sunburst is an annual overnight camp for bereaved children from 1st-6th grade, led by certified counselors. These children are welcomed at the Clemson Outdoor Laboratory in April for an action packed weekend. It is open to any child in the Upstate who has lost a close loved one, and has been sponsored by Hospice of the Upstate—and you!—for over 20 years!

Through art, play, music, and peer support they are given an opportunity to share their feelings and open up in an environment that is welcoming and understanding of their loss. Recognizing that parents may need guidance in helping their children develop the “new normal” after a loss, this year Camp Sunburst included a special parents’ workshop. As the children settled into camp, parents talked and listened to answer that question “How can I help my child heal?”

After camp, parents told us “Thank you for the information you presented…I was more comfortable leaving my child…I can tell the work you did has made a difference in their grieving process…they came away with valuable lessons…They are talking about it still!”

If you would like more information on Camp Sunburst or on any of our Children’s programs please call Debbie Schmitz, Bereavement Coordinator, at 864-328-1950.

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Service of Remembrance

Each March we honor our Hospice of the Upstate patients who have passed with a Service for Remembrance. On this occasion we remember loved ones and their families. It also offers an opportunity for families, staff and volunteers to reconnect.

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Labyrinths

We have two on-site labyrinths for use by our patients’ families and the wider community. Our canvas labyrinth is 24-feet wide and is laid out periodically in the Sadler Bereavement & Education Center and is available on loan by request. Our outside rock labyrinth is 30-feet wide and is always open. For more information, please contact our Chaplain, Rev. Nancy Blakely, at 864-224-3358 or [email protected].

“The beauty of the labyrinth walk is that it is open to anyone at any stage, on any spiritual path, and from any religious tradition.  It is a symbol open to your intentions.”

Helen Curry