How to Get Help
Coping with an advanced illness can be overwhelming – most people don’t know where to turn for help. Fortunately there are people working in our community who do. Hospice of the Chesapeake brings hope, dignity and compassion when it's needed most and have been steadfastly doing so for over 30 years.
Considered to be a healthcare model for high-quality, compassionate care at the end of life, Hospice of the Chesapeake has an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who work with the patient and family to develop and implement a plan of care unique to the patient’s diagnosis and needs. In addition, a team of doctors, nurses, social workers and certified nursing assistants, provide all the medications, services and equipment related to the illness. Along with care for the patients, grief support counselors, chaplains and specially-trained volunteers provide needed support for family members as well.
To talk with someone about services at Hospice of the Chesapeake or to make a referral, please contact 800.745.6132. To submit a clinical referral online, please CLICK HERE.
You may be unsure of what to do or say, or even how to feel. Each person experiences grief differently, even if you and another person are grieving for the same person or relationship. Although there are many matters to attend to after a loss, some of which must follow particular guidelines, there is no set timetable or order of feelings to grief. No one person can dictate to another how they should grieve. Grief is an ongoing and dynamic process, unique to the individual.
Grief can be painful. Common feelings include sadness, anger, loneliness, anxiety, numbness, or being overwhelmed. Grief can be physically exhausting, and may produce sleeplessness, loss of appetite, headaches, stomach aches and other symptoms. If the death was sudden or traumatic, the breadth and intensity of feelings may be even greater, and feelings such as fear, anxiety and guilt may be amplified. Cognitive processing may be difficult. Grievers often have difficulties remembering details, concentrating, or making decisions. Social engagements may seem awkward and challenging. Recognize that it can be a normal part of the grieving process to question your faith or belief system.
It is important to be gentle with yourself as you grieve, taking time to reflect and doing what you can to take care of yourself. As much as you are able, let others know what you need. Your support system wants to help. Simple things like getting enough rest and eating nutritiously can make a big difference. Some people find writing in a journal a helpful way to reflect on their feelings. Others are helped by talking about their feelings with a friend, family member or professional.
Although it may feel like grief will last forever, we do, in time, come to terms with the death of our loved one and move forward into a new life. We find tools to manage our grief and resources to bring us strength and healing.
The Chesapeake Life Center’s team of trained professionals and volunteers offers compassionate care and support through individual and family counseling, support groups, educational workshops and complementary therapies. Our goal is to provide a safe, healing place to share your story, to learn how to cope with your grief, and to honor and remember your loved one.
For more information about the services offered by Chesapeake Life Center or to register for a program please call 410.987.2129