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Grief Counseling During COVID-19

Since March, we have been facing new realities created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone in our community has had to adjust their daily lives in so many ways—from social distancing and event cancellations to online schooling and the closure of businesses, community organizations and places of worship. On top of all this, many are worried about their families and friends. Under normal circumstances, these changes would be overwhelming. Coupled with the death of a loved one, it can at times feel unbearable.

At Gilchrist, we want you to know that we are here for you. To keep our clients, staff and community as safe as possible, we continue to follow the guidance of our state government and public health experts. To that end, we have canceled or postponed all in-person grief counseling appointments and events at this time. However, we remain here to support you with phone and virtual options:

  • We are providing counseling sessions through phone or video.
  • We are exploring offering virtual interactive support, which could include zoom support groups, Facebook forums and workshops.
  • Steps of Hope, our annual tribute event, will be held virtually on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

We understand that not everyone is comfortable with or has access to technology. It’s OK. We are only a phone call away. Call us at 888.823.8880 and we will be happy to explore how we can support you during this time.


Catherine Y. Hamel 
President, Gilchrist

Grief Counseling Provides Emotional Support

After a loved one dies, you may feel lost and overwhelmed. At the same time, you may struggle with sadness, intense emotional pain, and even anger. However, grief can begin even before death occurs. For example, you may grieve the loss of the life you knew before your loved one became ill. To help you cope with your feelings of loss, Gilchrist offers one-on-one counseling, grief support groups, workshops and special events.

Grief Counseling and Resources

One-on-One Counseling

grief counseling one on oneOne-on-one counseling can help guide you through your own unique stages of grief—leading you to a life that is different but still rich in meaning. Our team of counselors are master’s prepared in counseling. They are also recognized by the Association for Death Education and Counseling for competence in bereavement and end-of-life care. Counseling is available on a time-limited basis with no charge to those whose loved one is cared for by Gilchrist Hospice Care. A nominal fee is charged to members of the community at large. Contact a grief counselor if you are interested in one-on-one counseling.

Support Groups and Workshops

Gilchrist offers support groups and workshops to help grieving family (including children and friends), as well as anyone in the community grieving a loss. More information about support groups and workshops.

Special Events

Whether you have lost a spouse, close friend, parent, child or grandparent, we offer a number of events to help you celebrate and grieve for your loved one. View our Events page for more information on remembrance events.

Grief Resources

Grief Services for Children

Gilchrist offers specialized grief support to children. Learn more.

Interested in Grief Counseling?

Visit our calendar for all upcoming support groups, workshops and special events.