Arkansas Hospice is committed to helping families find hope and healing through the challenges that come at life’s end. This includes grief support, both prior to and following a death. Grief is experienced differently for each person. It is a process that takes time. It cannot be rushed, but it can be nurtured. The Arkansas Hospice team walks beside patients and families on this difficult journey. Chaplains and social workers address emotional and spiritual needs, and assist in the transition from hospice care to grief support.
Grief support, sometimes referred to as bereavement services, is provided to our hospice families and to those in the community. Bereavement specialists offer opportunities for hope and healing for up to 13 months with such activities as telephone calls, individual grief support, correspondence, grief and loss education, annual memorial services and healthy coping strategies. Special emphasis is given to children and adolescents and to the adults who care for them.
Individuals who are adjusting to life after loss can participate in virtual grief support groups or have help with referrals to outside resources, when needed.
Launching April 1st, “Speaking of Grief” is a monthly podcast hosted by our team of bereavement specialists. Episodes feature candid conversations about how everyone’s journey of grief is unique to them, along with help for the listener to navigate through loss.
Please join us for “Together in Spirit, a virtual celebration of life” to honor our Arkansas Hospice patients and families. This special presentation features meaningful music, images, poetry, a special candle-lighting ceremony and a message of hope.
Arkansas Hospice provides grief support not only for the families of our patients, but also for the community at large – regardless of whether the loss was an Arkansas Hospice patient. Services are available to anyone who would like to participate, and are available free of charge.
Please note: Because of social distancing, our traditional in-person support groups are on hold. For information about grief support through other means, please click here.
Coping with death can be difficult for children and teenagers. As a community service, Arkansas Hospice promotes hope & healing for kids with “Art for the Heart” grief workshops for children, teens and the families that love them.
The next Art for the Heart workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center, located at 4800 W. 10th Street in Little Rock. Registration will be limited for social distancing. Please sign up by Dec. 1.
To register for the Dec. 3 Art for the Heart workshop, please call Bereavement Services at 501-748-3333 (toll-free at 877-713-2348) or email Mary Helen Gilliam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These special grief libraries provides a safe haven for people of all ages to come for quiet reflection and grief education. They were created by the family of Christie Godwin Tilbury, a former Arkansas Hospice Foundation board member who died in July 2006, and serves the needs of those who are facing loss and grief. Today, christie’s corner can be found at our offices in North Little Rock and Hot Springs. The grief libraries were designed to bring hope and healing to the bereaved through:
For more information on grief support through Arkansas Hospice’s bereavement services, including Telegrief and virtual grief support groups, please contact Barbara Ross, Director of Bereavement, at email@example.com.
You can be a part of helping those with grief by participating with the Arkansas Hospice Foundation. CLICK HERE for more information.
I have nothing but the best things to say about Arkansas Hospice. They were so good to my Dad before he passed away. The love and care, compassion they showed to my dad was priceless. The nurses and CNA’s that took care of my Dad are the best and always be the best.
We are just starting our dad’s final journey and Arkansas Hospice has been a blessing. They’ve taught us so much already and provide as much support and comfort to the family as they do my dad. I’m grateful they’ll be walking this final path with us.
I love Arkansas Hospice. Every single employee has a heart of gold and takes the best care of their patients.
I would not hesitate at all to recommend this provider for anyone who is considering hospice care for themselves or for a loved one.
Arkansas Hospice took care of my Mom before she passed. It was my first experience with any hospice and I was amazed. They took such great care of her. They treated her with dignity and respect until the end.
So many thanks for the way your staff treated my very dear friend, Jeff, as he raced toward the finish line. Words can’t express my gratitude for helping us to care for him and keep him comfortable. Top-notch professionalism and immediate responses to requests for assistance.