Grief & Bereavement

Among the activities of our Bereavement Volunteers is making “Memory Bears” from a favorite garment of a loved one.


When someone significant to us dies, only the physical aspect of the relationship ends. The emotional and spiritual aspects of the relationship continue for the rest of our lives.

Grief and loss are complex psychological thoughts and emotions that often have a wide range of reactions. Whether it is the loss of a parent, spouse, sibling, a friend, or the loss of a child, the feeling can bring sadness and suffering never experienced before. When someone with whom we have had a relationship dies, it may feel like we are losing a part of ourselves.

Our Grief and Bereavement Services are designed to respond specifically to the needs of individuals and families who are coping with death, loss and grief. Our grief and bereavement staff members are trained to provide the guidance and support needed to help sort through thoughts and feelings people often experience after a loss. 

We provide support and services to family and loved ones of hospice patients for 13 months following a death. We are there to help you through the many “firsts” without your loved one – the first birthday, the first anniversary, the first holiday, and other special occasions.

Bereavement care in a hospice setting helps hospice families cope with their loss and process their grief. In addition to HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley staff members, the key to a successful Bereavement Program is the specially-selected and trained volunteer team who provide a safe space in which the bereaved can communicate their grief. Bereavement volunteers may be able to help family members explore ways to navigate their lives anew, in a world without the physical presence of the person who has died.