Caregiver & Grief Support

Grief support is available to hospice and palliative care families who have experienced the death of a loved one.

The death of a loved one can change your world forever. So much of how we define ourselves and what gives our lives meaning is a reflection of the people we deeply love. When they die, we question who we are without them and struggle to find meaning and purpose. Grief is the high price we pay for loving someone and can be felt mentally, emotionally and physically. If you are grieving or supporting someone who is grieving, we hope that you will find the following information to be helpful and comforting.View our Service Area here

At Adoray Hospice, we believe that:

Grief is a normal and natural response to the death of a loved one.
Within each person is the innate capacity to heal.
The duration and intensity of the grief experience are unique for each person.
A supportive and caring environment can facilitate the process of healing.
We are here to support you. Please call 715.629.1888 or 800.359.0174 to speak with a grief and loss expert or explore our website for additional information and resources.

Britta Ruff, Support Services Manager & Bereavement Coordinator can be contacted at b.ruff@adoray.org

Let Us Help

Adoray’s philosophy of bereavement support encourages the expression of grief through listening, normalizing and validating an individual’s unique experience. An important part of our mission at Adoray is our strong commitment to serving those who have been touched by loss. Our bereavement program is comprehensive, diverse and tailored to meet the needs of our families.

Services Provided:

Check-in Phone Calls
Remembrance Programs
Visits (when requested)
Chaplain Support
Referrals to Community and Online Resources
Educational Presentations?
Adoray's "Beyond the Wings" Grief Support Newsletter (mailed out quarterly)

View recent 'Beyond the Wings'! - Fall 2022

Grief Support Resources

Please use this section of our website to explore outside resources on grief healing for adults, children, and families.

Grief Resources:

Speaking Grief - Documentary that includes interviews, short educational videos and written resources.
Open to Hope - Articles and interviews about grief
What’s Your Grief - Articles about grief

Grieving Children and Teens:

The Dougy Center-The National Center for Grieving Children and Families
National Alliance for Grieving Children-Videos, articles, and activities to help grieving children and families

Grieving 20 to 40 Year Olds

The Dinner Party - Virtual community for 20 to 40 years who have experienced loss.

Parents Grieving the Loss of a Child:

Compassionate Friends - Support group network for parents grieving the loss of a child
Halos of St Croix Valley

Grief Groups:

Grief Share - In person grief groups
Bakken Young - In person grief groups and virtual coffee conversations.
Grief in Commons
My Grief Angels

Remembrance Programs

Grief can shake us to our very core. Yet, it is an experience common to all of humanity. Remembering together can be a significant part of finding our way along the grief journey and fostering continuing bonds with our loved ones.

Each year, Adoray sponsors events to honor the lives of those who have been important to you. Remembering is made up of so much — happy times, sad times, lessons taught, lessons learned, the things we are grateful for as well as the things we could have done without. All of these thing are part of keeping memories real and alive in our hearts and minds.

Water of Grace - Light of Hope (Grief Support Event)

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 5:00pm

Location: Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Amery, WI 

We encourage family, friends, and community members alike to join us for this special event as we honor loved ones who have passed through music, symbolic remembrance, readings, and prayers. Adoray bereavement team members will be available after the event for individual grief support.

*THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC*



      

Love Lights (Remembrance Ceremony)

Remember family & friends as Love Lights shine in our community!

Adoray invites family and friends alike to join us for this special remembrance event as we honor loved ones. Adoray’s Love Lights Remembrance Ceremony is a beautiful non-denominational grief support service with healing music, messages, reading of names, information about preparing for the holidays, and an opportunity to share about your loved one and create a memento in their honor. Love Lights Remembrance Ceremony

WHEN: Tuesday December 6th at 5:00PM

WHERE: Hazel Mackin Community Library - 311 W Warren St, Roberts, WI

To added name of loved one to the reading list please call 715-629-1888 and ask for Jillian by December 5th

*THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC*




   

Testimonials

  • I want to thank you again for all the kind, considerate and wise support you have offered me in the past 13 months. You always had the best "pearls" in words at each stage of my grief. I know I'm not "there" yet, but those "pearls" surface and help me embrace my feelings.
    – wife of a hospice patient

  • Thank you for the kind and thoughtful ways you have shown me light and hope. From tears to dreams you accept it all, with grace and understanding. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Like the bird in the tree we can, I can, weather life's storms and losses.
    – wife of a hospice patient

  • Our heartfelt thanks for all your kindness in caring for my mother during her illness and death. I know it was a great comfort to my Mom to have you folks involved with her care. There was also comfort for us in having some of the same people who cared for my Dad. Thanks also for coming to the memorial service, it was much appreciated and makes it obvious that you are part of a loving process of caring for the dying person and family, and not just running a business. Keep up the fine work!
    – son of a hospice patient

  • Thank you for your help and support these last couple of months while [our loved one] has been in hospice. You have all been very supportive, loving and kind while caring for [him] in his final days on this earth. Thank you also for the beautiful rose arrangement and grief support materials.
    – wife and family of a hospice patient

  • I had no idea how much your support would mean to us at the end of my wife’s life. Having Adoray and your kind people was like a warm light from heaven above during my wife’s last few days. Your people were comforting and very loving during this most difficult time.
    – husband of a hospice patient