How Hospice Bereavement Programs Help Families Through Grief


The period following the passing of a loved one can be a trying time for the families and friends of the departed. Everyone reacts to grief differently and what may work for one individual may not be effective for another.

Most hospice agencies employ teams that consist of doctors, nurses, social workers, pastoral care chaplains, volunteers and bereavement counselors to offer additional support. Support services are provided by the hospice care team to the caregivers while a patient is under hospice care. These services often extend beyond the patient’s passing to support their family members and friends during the grieving process.

Coping with loss is often a personal experience and everyone’s bereavement journey will be different. Hospice bereavement support services help navigate those grieving through their personal process and can range from regular mailings related to grief and loss to specialized workshops that address specific triggers, such as holidays and birthdays.

Good Samaritan Hospice, a mission of Concordia Lutheran Ministries, and Concordia Hospice of Washington, offer bereavement support services to help family members and friends address their grief in a way that suits their individual needs. Recognizing that every loss is unique, our bereavement services allow those who are grieving to find comfort and support from others who have also experienced the loss of a loved one.

At Concordia, for example, our hospice bereavement support services extend 13 months after the passing of your loved one and include:

  • Mailings related to grief and loss
  • Phone calls from the bereavement team
  • Bereavement Support Groups held throughout our service area (open to the public)
  • Supportive visits from the Bereavement Coordinator
  • Referral information for counseling and support services in the community
  • Camp Erin Pittsburgh – grief camp for children
  • Butterfly Release: Celebration of Life events
  • Bereavement Support workshops
  • Memorial Services (for families and loved ones of our hospice patients who have passed during the past year)

Below are upcoming Bereavement Support Groups that are open to the public and to the families and friends of our Good Samaritan Hospice and Concordia Hospice of Washington patients. Registration is required for the grief support groups. However, each session builds on the one before it, so it’s not recommended to “drop in” to a meeting without being at the previous ones. There is no fee to participate in our bereavement programs.

Greater Washington Bereavement Support Group
Dates: First Mondays and second Wednesdays of each month from February 3 – June 10
Times: Mondays from 2 – 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Meeting location: East Maiden Place, 395 East Maiden Street, Washington, PA
To register or for more info, call Pastor Gary Gibson at 412-997-1699.

Beaver Bereavement Support Group
Dates: Every Wednesday from March 4 – April 8
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Meeting location: Heritage Valley Medical Center Good Samaritan Hospice Inpatient Unit Chapel, 1000 Dutch Ridge Rd., Tower B, 4th floor, Beaver, PA
To register or for more info, call Janice Campbell, OSF, Spiritual Care Coordinator, at 1-800-720-2557.

Waynesburg Bereavement Support Group
Dates: Every Wednesday from April 22 – July 1
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Meeting location: Waynesburg First Church of the Nazarene, 115 Deerfield Ln, Waynesburg, PA
To register or for more info, call Michon Dubbs, Bereavement Coordinator, at 724-250-4500 extension 2109.

Cabot Grief Support Group
Dates: Every Thursday from April 23 – May 28
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Meeting location: Concordia at Cabot, Haven II (2nd Floor Education Room), 148 Marwood Rd., Cabot, PA 16023
To register (deadline is April 16) or for more info, call Bereavement Coordinator Nikki Rosswog, MSW, at 1-800-720-2557 ext. 4423.

If you are unsure of what bereavement service may help you best express and explore the grief that is uniquely yours, please feel free to reach out to one of our Bereavement Coordinators in your community. Nikki Rosswog, Good Samaritan Hospice Medical Social Worker and Bereavement Coordinator, assists those living in Northern Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler and Beaver Counties. She can be reached at 1-800-720-2557, ext. 4423 or at

Michon Dubbs, Concordia Hospice of Washington Bereavement Coordinator, assists those living in Southern Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties. She can be reached at 724-250-4500, ext. 2109, or at

If you and your family are in need of hospice care, Good Samaritan Hospice, a mission of Concordia, and Concordia Hospice of Washington are ready to show you how our quality hospice care can make a difference in your life. Call us at 724-933-8888 or 1-800-720-2557 (GSH), or 724-250-4500 (CHOW), or contact us any time via our online contact form.

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