For those who have suffered a loss, counseling is available to our community through Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s Bereavement Services department. It makes no difference regarding whether the person who died was a Hospice Care of the Lowcountry patient, where the person lived, or the relationship of the survivor. It also doesn’t matter how long ago the loss occurred.
We stay in touch with our patients’ families for 13 months following the death of their loved one. Because that year will include many “firsts,” on-going support is vital to help survivors on their path to healing. Volunteers send scheduled mailings, information packets and special “care notes” to lend support and let families know that we are available if they need us.
Bereavement Support Groups
Barbara Scobey, our Bereavement Services Coordinator, facilitates several different support groups that are open to the public at no charge. Private one-on-one sessions are also available.
Open-ended support for anyone who has lost a loved one through death.
2:00 – 3:30 pm (Zoom)
Open-ended bereavement support co-led with Charlie Tyler, M. Div. For anyone who has lost a loved one through death.
3:00 – 4:30 pm (Zoom)
SOS Group: Survivors of Suicide
Open-ended support for anyone who has lost a loved one through suicide.
2nd and 4th Monday of the month
5:45 – 6:45 pm
(Teleconference 978-990-5000, code #872614)
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support
HCL’s The Harper Project helps families who have suffered infant or pregnancy loss by easing the financial burden of memorial costs, as well as providing support through local groups and peer connections.
Second & fourth Wednesdays, 6:00 pm
Location: The Hospice Care of the Lowcountry Conference Room
Youth Grief Support
Our Kids Path Bereavement Program offers support groups for school children, educational programs for parents and teachers, and a variety of family counseling opportunities. This program is offered as needed. Private sessions are also offered upon request, at no charge.
Youth Bereavement Camp
To help support children who have lost a loved one, our annual Camp TLC (Together, Loving, Caring) provides a safe environment for sharing of feelings. The one-day camp is held in the fall for young people ages 5-16 and is facilitated by grief counselors, a children’s counselor, and volunteers.
Through planned activities in play, music and art projects, children are free to express whatever feelings or issues concern them regarding the loved one’s death. At the end of the day, parents rejoin children for a special Remembrance Ceremony at the park. This ceremony provides a meaningful way for children to remember their loved one.
Thanks to our generous sponsors there is never a charge to attend the camp.
Starting Wednesday, June 23, 2021, FURever, a pet loss support group will meet via Zoom from 6:00 to 7:00 pm for 3 weeks. Join here
Starting Tuesday, June 1, 2021, a 6-week educational grief support group will meet weekly via Zoom from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.
For additional information regarding any groups, sessions, or Camp TLC, and to RSVP, please contact our Bereavement Services Coordinator Barbara Scobey.
Compassionate care at the end of life includes support for the spiritual concerns of our patients and families. Our chaplains are important members of the Hospice Care of the Lowcountry team, providing spiritual counsel and guidance to anyone who requests it.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
– Matthew 5:4
Spiritual counseling is intended to supplement — not replace — the support and guidance of one’s own ministers, rabbis, priests or other spiritual leaders or guides. We do not represent any one religion or denomination, nor do we ask that our patients specify any. We consider that all people are spiritual, whether they are religious or not.
Our services are available for those who seek to address spiritual issues with someone who has experience in this area.