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Grief Counseling Treatment Information
Everyone’s experience with mourning is unique. No single counseling and support process is best for all people. IU Health provides comprehensive grief counseling services dedicated to recognizing and supporting each person’s individual needs. Our services include:
- Anticipatory grief support. The impending end of a loved one’s life may cause you to feel difficult emotions. Grief counseling services are available as needed before or after your loved one’s death. Our chaplains, social workers and nurses may give you support during the entire end-of-life process. If you need the special skills of a grief counselor or the understanding and companionship of a support group, these resources are available to you at any time.
- Grief counseling for hospice patients. Our social workers and chaplains support patients as they respond to a diagnosis of terminal illness. Grief counselors also help your loved one work through the needs, hopes and fears that often accompany a life-limiting illness. Sometimes memory-making activities help both patient and family members work through the end-of-life process together.
- Grief counseling for families of hospice patients. When you lose someone you love, you experience feelings that are unpredictable and confusing. IU Health grief counselors help you identify and communicate these feelings. We create a safe place for you to explore your grief without judgment or fixed directions. Some people may feel a single session addresses their needs. Others may want to meet weekly for a time, then intermittently after that. There is no set schedule or cutoff for our grief counseling.
- Grief counseling for friends and extended family. We recognize that your loved one may have deep relationships with people outside of your immediate family. These may be friends, co-workers, neighbors and other people who feel a close bond with the patient. We offer bereavement support to help them with the process of mourning their loss.
- Bereavement support groups. Sharing grief with others on their own paths of mourning helps heal the pain of losing a loved one. Some people may find that a support group meets their needs as they work through their loss. For others support groups may give additional comfort and reassurance in conjunction with the help they receive from a grief counselor. IU Health support groups meet at locations around the state. Your bereavement coordinator will help you find the group that best matches your experience.
- Referrals to outside resources. Your needs may extend beyond the scope of emotional and spiritual support available within IU Health Hospice. One of our bereavement coordinators assesses your difficulty and refers you to appropriate resources. The Hope in Healing program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health offers counseling and grief support for families who have lost a child. Other resources outside the IU Health system are available depending on your need and financial resources.
Grief Counseling Locations & Physicians
For more information, please contact us at 866.272.5083.
Grief Counseling Support Services
Families with a loved one who has a life-limiting illness may find information and additional support for the grief process through these resources.
A Sampling of Grief Counseling Support Services
Hope in Healing
Hope in Healing is a grief and bereavement support program for families who have lost a child. The group is hosted at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.
This Indianapolis organization hosts support groups and counseling focused on helping children and young adults who have lost a family member.
The Compassionate Friends
This national organization offers support for families who have lost a child.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
This website features extensive informational and other resources about all aspects of hospice.
Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care
This website includes tips for caregivers, education on hospice care and links to hospice resources in Indiana.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society website shares education on finding hospice care and what it entails for patients with cancer.
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association website focuses on hospice education and resources that may help patients with heart-related conditions.
Little Red Door Cancer Agency
Little Red Door supports patients with cancer through many resources such as supplements and education.