While grief is normal and natural, most of the information we hear about dealing with grief is incorrect such as: time heals all wounds; don’t feel bad; grieve alone; replace the loss; or keep busy.

We offer families comprehensive bereavement support and grief counseling to help them with the grieving process.
As part of our commitment to providing MORE, we offer complementary access to The Grief Recovery Program. It helps people “move beyond” the pain caused by loss. It is a program led by an ExpectCare Specialist. It creates a safe environment for participants to examine old beliefs about dealing with loss; what other losses have affected their lives; and explore new actions that can ease the pain of a loss.

As part of ExpectCare’s Grief Recovery Program, we offer Bereavement support to our patients families for 13 months after the loss of their loved one. Our bereavement specilaists are expertly trained to handle grief issues. It is often important to hospice patients to know that their family will be cared for in the emotional time just after death. Providing this support is always a part of our care plan and makes hospice unique among other health care providers.

Memorials

In order to celebrate the lives of our patients, several types of memorial services are available. These services include butterfly releases, balloon releases, tree lighting ceremonies or moments of silence. Families are invited to attend these services.

Memory Bears

That yellow dress your grandmother always wore, part of your Dad’s uniform or your Grandad’s favorite work shirt-just seeing and feeling certain fabrics can bring back precious memories of a loved one.

ExpectCare Volunteers have found a way to preserve meaningful fabrics for the family members of our patients. These special bears help ease the pain when you’re missing your loved one as a cuddly reminder of those you love.

Request a Memory Bear…or Become a Volunteer

Life Journals

The goal at ExpectCare is to provide the highest quality of life for our patients while supporting family members. Experience has taught us there are a few things most people want at the end of life:

  • To be remembered
  • To pass down their life experiences and beliefs
  • To know that their life mattered
As a way to fulfill these desires, ExpectCare helps patients create a Life Journal to pass on their experiences and advice.
Life Journals are compiled by volunteers from the community and by students in local colleges and universities. The journal creators spend time with the patient gathering stories and experiences important to them. They work with family members to gather photographs. The photos and stories are combined to create a beautiful hardback book, a Life Journal, for the family to cherish for years to come. The Life Journal is a complementary offering from ExpectCare.

If you would like to volunteer to create Life Journals, click here.

You can expect More at ExpectCare.
More support, More time, More attention.