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Grief Support Groups
Amanda the Panda Grief & Loss Camp
Fun Nights
Cheer Boxes

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

December 10, 2018 A Story from Our Amanda the Panda Program: Madee Carder

Madee Carder almost didn't attend the class that would change her life. Like many grief support professionals, she took the scenic route on her journey to her life's passion, and ultimately, her role at EveryStep's Grief & Loss Services' Amanda the Panda program. "I have always known that I wanted to work with children and adolescents. So I actually started out going to school as an elementary education major," Carder explained. When a representative from Hamilton's Funeral home visited her children's literature class to talk about their grief and loss program, Carder was surprised to learn that such programs for children even existed. "The next day I was in my advisor's office changing my major [to] Child, Adult and Family Services" she recalled.

December 3, 2018 A Story from Our Hospice Houses: Dena Williams

Death altered every aspect of Dena Williams' life. "Someone said it's life altering, and it really is. It doesn't matter how old you are. I'm 50 and I can't imagine anything harder ever happening to me than losing my parents," she explained while reminiscing about her late-father's time at EveryStep's Kavanagh House on 56th Street. "It's very surreal, it's very surreal." Clyde Williams married Dena's mother when Dena was eight-years old. He raised her, along with her two brothers until they were old enough to live on their own. Even then, he was never far, living only a short distance away from where Dena settled down.

November 28, 2018 Celebrating the Holidays with a Box of Cheer

Last December, Terri Arthur was in her garage when her son called her from inside the house. "There's a big box on the patio," he told her. Despite the bustling holiday season with packages coming and going from the back of the mailman's truck, Terri couldn't remember ordering anything. Especially a large gift-wrapped box. With a bit of hesitation and anticipation, Terri trudged out to the patio to retrieve the package. "I got it inside and opened it up," Terri recalls. "Then I cried like a baby."