GRIEF & VOLUNTEER SUPPORT
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I have my family around. Why should I seek out grief support?
Even if just for a single one-on-one session, working with a counselor can help you sort out your emotions and figure out the course you may want to follow on your grief journey. And while you may ultimately not need regular one-on-one counseling, you may find our other grief offerings, including support groups and seminars, helpful.
My loved one is on hospice, and I’m currently struggling with the idea of his impending death. Is there anyone in Grief Support who can help me now?
Gilchrist Grief Services will offer “bridge visits” for family members prior to the death of a loved one, upon the request of the family member or recommendation of the hospice team. After your loss, that same counselor will continue to offer you guidance, should you so desire.
How will I pay for Gilchrist Grief Services?
Time-limited one-on-one counseling for families of Gilchrist Hospice Care patients is offered at no charge. For our community clients, it is offered on a sliding scale. In addition, while some of our one-day events include a nominal fee, all of our support groups and most of our seminars are offered at no charge.
We are new to hospice. How can a volunteer help?
Volunteers are a crucial part of the hospice team, helping to “fill in the blanks” of the care our patients and families receive, whether it is by offering respite breaks for caregivers or providing companionship or running errands, or doing a multitude of other small tasks that assist the patient and caregiver.
I’d like to volunteer. How do I get started?
If you are interested in becoming a Gilchrist Services volunteer, please complete our volunteer application or call 443.849.8200 for more information.