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What is Grief?
Normal Feelings after a death
Anticipated Grief
What Are Grief Bursts?
Bereavement Support Events or Support Groups
Informational Mailing

Bereavement Services are provided for up to 13 months after a death of a loved one. These services are provided free of charge and open to the public. Support is available to all who have lost a loved one, regardless of whether the loved one was in hospice care.

Hospice of Washington County is here to assist our community member’s move through the grief process by providing support, education and resources. Our Bereavement staff offer educational programs, monthly mailings, supportive counseling through one-on-one meetings, home visits and regularly scheduled support groups.

The journey of grieving is very personal. Some individuals are only comfortable with one-on-one visits, while others prefer interacting in a group setting.

What is Grief?

Grief is a normal, natural and necessary process connected with any loss. Grief is the multitude of emotions that we feel at the time of a loss. There are no time frames or correct ways to grieve. Grief may be expressed in many ways and with a variety of intensities.

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Normal Feelings after a death

Grief can be so painful and seem so overwhelming that it may frighten us. Many people worry if they are grieving in the “right” way, and wonder if the feelings they have are normal. Most people who suffer a loss experience one of more of the followings signs or symptoms.

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Anticipated Grief

Anticipated Grief can occur when it becomes clear that we are facing a loss in our life. We can exhibit normal and natural grief emotions before the loss occurs.

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What Are Grief Bursts?

Grief Bursts, also called grief pangs, are heightened periods of sadness or anxiety that can overwhelm the grieving person. Sometimes, out of nowhere, a powerful surge of grief may seem to engulf you. Familiar sounds, smells or songs can trigger grief bursts, or they can seem to come out of nowhere. Allow emotions and feelings to come. Realize tears are normal, natural and appropriate expressions of pain associate with death.

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Bereavement Support Events or Support Groups

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Informational Mailing

Informational news letters are sent out monthly. These contain information on the different aspects of grief. Topics such as, how to talk with children, anger and denial, guilt, and what does "normal" mean. Included in these packets are not only great information but poems and stories of what others have experienced. Lastly, the packet contains events that are going on at Hospice of Washington County to keep you informed and involved.

Contact Jina Witthoft at Hospice of Washington County
with any questions or to make an appointment.
Phone: 319-653-7321 or 888-966-6608
Email:jina@hospicewc.com

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