The Hospice Bereavement Program offers assistance to bereaved families in working through the grief process. Hospice maintains regular contact with family members for 13 months. Care is provided through contacts and support groups. The Bereavement Program also offers a Memorial Service each year to honor the memory of our loved ones.
Lourdes Hospice has an array of different services available through the bereavement program. Some of the services are available to any one who has lost a loved one, while others are for those who have lost a loved one through Lourdes Hospice care.
The following services are offered:
Lourdes Hospice can offer up to four short term individual counseling sessions for those who have lost a loved one in the Lourdes Hospice program.
Individual sessions can take place at your home, in the community or at the Lourdes Hospice office. If you are looking for individual sessions and have not lost a loved one through Hospice please contact Lourdes Hospice at 607-584-9160 for a referral.
Lourdes Hospice Bereavement Program offers free eight-week support groups throughout the year at our Vestal office. Our groups and individual sessions are available to anyone who has lost a loved one, not just a loss through Lourdes Hospice.
Lourdes Hospice Bereavement support groups allow people a safe place in which they may express the grief that they are experiencing due to the loss of their loved one.
We offer three types of eight-week support groups: Co-Ed, Women’s Only, and Men’s Only. Once an eight-week session has begun, no new members may join. New members will be offered registration to the next eight-week session. Members are given an educational handout related to grief, and are given homework assignments that may help them with their grieving process. These bereavement support groups are facilitated by our Social Work Department or our Spiritual Care Department. The most important thing about a bereavement support group is that you are with other people who are going through a similar experience as you, and therefore understand some of how you are feeling.
- Eight Week Co-Ed Bereavement Group: This group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one. It is held Wednesdays from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM at Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY. Please call 607-798-5692 to register. A list of session dates is available on our Events page.
- Eight-Week Women's Only Bereavment Group: This group is open to any women who has lost a loved one. It is held Thursdays from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM at Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY. Please call 607-798-5692 to register. A list of session dates is available on our Events page.
- Eight-Week Men's Only Bereavment Group: This group is open to any man who has lost a loved one. It is held Mondays from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM at Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY. Please call 607-798-5692 to register. A list of session dates is available on our Events page.
Please call Marie Halecki, LCSW at 607-798-5692 for more information or to register for a group. If Binghamton City Schools are closed or close early for weather related circumstances, the group meeting is cancelled. If the meeting day falls on a holiday, please call for the rescheduled date.
Children and Adolescents
Lourdes Hospice can offer up to four short term individual counseling sessions for those children and/or adolescents who have lost a loved one through Lourdes Hospice. Lourdes Hospice offers Hope for Kids support groups for any child or adolescent who has experienced a loss. For a schedule of groups please contact 607-584-9160.
Lourdes Hospice can make referrals for longer term individual counseling through private counselors and community agencies in Broome and surrounding counties. Referrals can be made for anyone who has experienced a loss-not just those who lost a loved one through Lourdes Hospice.
Lourdes Hospice offers educational programs on grief, loss and bereavement to the community. Presentations that have been made in the past include: "Getting through the Holidays", "When Professionals Grieve" and "How to talk to your Child/Adolescent about Grief". Presentations can be tailored to fit the needs of your audience.
Please contact 607-584-9160 to schedule a presentation.
Contact Marie Halecki, LCSW at 607-584-9160 for more information about bereavement services.