Bereavement Services.

Plan of Care for a family after the death of a loved one.

Hospice continues to offer services at no charge to families even after death occurs. Our bereavement counselors provide empathetic, sensitive support service for families and friends during their time of grief. These services include:

  • Support in person and by phone
  • Supportive visits by bereavement volunteers
  • Literature related to grief mailed to the home of the grieving
  • Grief groups
  • Lending library offering grief literature
  • Annual memorial service

These services are available to all members of the community whether the loved one was a hospice patient or not. Whether or not you choose to accept these services is completely up to you.

Our bereavement counselors are professionally trained to provide support and understanding for those who are grieving. They are available for one year following the death of a loved one. They can help ease the stress of loss.

Rockbridge Area Hospice provides two memorial events every year to mark the importance of your loved one and your loss. The first is held each September in Buena Vista or Lexington alternately. This Memorial Service is a gentle gathering which includes music, the reading of names, and a short homily. Pictures of loved ones may be brought to display. A reception follows.

The second event, held annually during the first week in December, is a combined fundraiser and remembrance. At our two “Light Up A Life” memorials (one in Buena Vista and one in Lexington), you may purchase a light to decorate the community Hospice Tree in honor or memory of a loved one. The honorees are acknowledged and the tree is illuminated, reminding us that lives continue to shine even after death.

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