A Firsthand Look at Our Bereavement Services
Apr. 6, 2023
By Kaylee Yamry
Continuing support for families and loved ones
At Knute Nelson Hospice, we believe that an essential stage of the hospice care experience begins immediately at admission and continues after the patient passes. While providing care and support for patients is critical, family support throughout the process is just as important.
That’s where bereavement services come into play. Through services such as phone calls, one-on-one visits, zoom calls, grief groups, letters, remembrance services, and more, Knute Nelson Hospice will help you feel supported throughout your grieving process. After her husband’s passing, Yvonne Erstad discovered the true meaning of our bereavement services firsthand. “Once your loved one has passed, Knute Nelson continues to help you through your grieving… They don't just clean up and leave you.”
Offering 13 Months of Compassionate Support
We understand the unbearable weight that loved ones face after losing an irreplaceable family member. During these trying times, moving forward can feel disheartening and uncertain.
On behalf of our dedicated family at Knute Nelson Hospice, we want you to know that you are not alone. Grieving is truly a process, and we are here to support you through even the most difficult days. In turn, we offer 13 full months of compassionate bereavement support after the loss of a loved one. Throughout the process, we build a sense of affirmation and understanding among family members as they navigate these uncertain times.
As our Spiritual Care and Bereavement Coordinator, Deb Hadley takes a holistic approach to bereavement care. “We strive to provide as many resources, phone calls, one-on-ones, and group sessions as we can to help families through the process.”
Extending Our Support to Families
What do our support groups entail? This is one of the most common questions we receive about our bereavement services at Knute Nelson Hospice.
For many struggling family members, connecting with someone who has been in their shoes can bring a sense of peace and mutual understanding. In turn, we offer 8-week closed support group sessions that you must register for. Closed groups consist of 8-10 members who commit to attending all 8 sessions and work through grief together. Closed groups are extremely beneficial and highly recommended when working through grief. We also offer monthly support groups which are open to anyone at any time, drop-ins are welcome, and no registration is required. For more information about open and closed support groups visit our website.
As a valued member of our spiritual care team and someone who has experienced our grief groups after her father’s passing, Connie Spanswick offers a glimpse at what to expect. “Every time you're with your grief group, it’s an extended family that gives you tools on how to cope and heal."
Putting the Resources You Need Within Reach
Rooted in faith, our bereavement services go even further than spiritual care and support groups. Through grief seminars, vetted resources, check-in calls, and more, we empower loved ones to make meaningful progress as they move forward.
Ultimately, your decision to choose Knute Nelson Hospice is centered on not only bringing specialized services and comfort to your loved one, but also ensuring that your entire family is supported for the challenges ahead.
As a spiritual care provider, Denise Hadley’s perspective of our hospice care is interwoven with the dedicated bereavement support we provide to families. “For the family, hospice means answers, reassurance, and empathy.”