Grief is what we call that set of feelings that arise from the loss of a loved one. Grief is painful. Grief is a natural part of life. There is no right way to grieve and many factors effect how we grieve.
Regional Hospice nurses, chaplains, and social workers are all available to help our patients and families cope with the difficult process of grief and loss that accompany dying and death.
Experiencing the death of someone you are close to is not the end of the journey. Someone once compared the experience of providing support, care, and companionship to a loved one who is dying to that of climbing a mountain. While the journey to the top can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually draining, the trip back down the mountain can be even more challenging. It is helpful if you have someone sharing that journey with you.
Regional Hospice provides ongoing, individualized support and follow-up for 13 months following the death of a loved one. Our program consists of follow-up telephone calls, informative mailings and visits when requested. You can choose to receive any combination of these services, or none at all. In addition, from time to time, Regional Hospice offers Grief Support Groups. Please contact the Regional Hospice office closest to you for current availability.
Ashland, WI: (715) 685-5151
Ironwood, MI Office (906) 663-0308
Hayward, WI: (715) 634-6433
Spooner/Grantsburg, WI: (715) 635-9077
Four Gifts to Give a Dying Loved One
Gratitude: Express your thanks for all your loved one has taught you, given you, and shown you. Let them know how grateful you are for their existence.
Love: Let your loved one know that you love them and what that love means and has meant in your life.
Forgiveness: Ask for and grant forgiveness for any hurts or harm.
Farewell: Let your loved one know that they can leave. Assure them that you will be OK. Say goodbye.
(The Four Gifts are based on the work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.)