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Grief Support

EveryStep Grief & Loss has a variety of grief support opportunities provided at no cost for anyone in the community.

EveryStep Grief & Loss' bereavement counselors are available to meet with families or visit by phone throughout the first year following a patient's death. The counselor can provide families with information or simply lend a friendly ear. EveryStep Grief & Loss also offers support groups, educational programs and literature to families, friends and the community. 

Life after the loss of a loved one is a difficult time of adjustment. At EveryStep we are honored to listen to your story and walk with you during your time of sorrow.

Following are some common emotional reactions to grief. All feelings are normal. Talk to an EveryStep bereavement counselor or staff member to learn more.

  • Sadness
  • Shock and numbness
  • Anger 
  • Frustration
  • Denial
  • Guilt
  • Emotional distancing
  • Lack of interest
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Anxiety or feelings of panic
  • Lack of confidence

Blog

November 12, 2018 A Story from Our Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program: Jim Keller

When Jim Keller returned from Vietnam, he wasn't greeted at the airport by throngs of loving community members. In fact, he wasn't thanked for his service for nearly 30 years. "We were not treated very well at all. Our country was in disarray," he says. "You almost didn't tell people you were a Vietnam veteran. I was bitter about the war." Over the years, he says he "mellowed out," but he never forgot how it felt to come home and feel unwelcome.

November 2, 2018 A Story from EveryStep Hospice: Clive Elliott

"You can help him go by telling him, 'It's alright if you have to go for a while. I will still be here.'" This was one of the wisest things that Clive Elliott had ever heard, spoken to him by the hospice care nurses from EveryStep Hospice who were taking care of his partner, Daniel, when he was dying. Clive's heart slowly broke as he saw Daniel lose his health. He had been with Daniel every step of the way, never leaving his side until one day his friend, Lisa, invited Clive out for coffee. Clive, riddled with guilt at the thought of leaving Daniel alone, almost declined Lisa's offer. But Daniel's hospice care nurses insisted he go and they stayed with Daniel. Before Clive left, he whispered the words that the hospice care nurses advised him to say. By the time Clive arrived home again, Daniel had passed away.

October 30, 2018 A Story from Our Hospice Houses: The Govi Family

The EveryStep team supports patients, clients and their families and helps them find quality of life during their time of need. That's exactly what the organization did for the Govi family at the end of 2017. Gary R. Govi, who suffered from anemia and Parkinson's disease, spent the last few months of his life at the Kavanagh House on 56th Street, where he made quite the impression on staff. Gary's daughter Debra "Debbie" Richards, credits the EveryStep team with making her father's final days as comfortable as possible. "He wouldn't have gotten the care and the love that he needed, and we wouldn't have gotten that time together. I am thankful for them each and every day."