During the last year of COVID-19, many families were not able to be at the bedside of loved ones during end-of-life situations. Some were also not able to hold traditional memorial services for them.
At this time, people have been finding different ways of working through their grief. For Richmond area resident Theresa Grant, meeting with her bereavement counselor, Kristen, has been very important. Knowing Kristen (pictured above) is always a phone call away to guide Theresa around the twists and turns of the grief process is a treasured gift.
“Even though we don’t meet in person because of COVID-19, she is there every step of the way as I transition into a life without my father,” Theresa shares. “She is my guide who provides me with tools, strategies, encouragement and comfort. Having someone to talk to who is trained to help me with this season in my life has helped make it a sacred journey. I am forever grateful for her and will look back on this time with reverence.”
During the holiday season last year, Theresa attended a group virtual service of remembrance. Although it was not in person, she found it was a special way for her to honor her dad. She also found it helpful to make connections with others who share the same experience and to hear the stories of those who have already walked through the grief process.
Well after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, the pain of losing a loved one will linger into the future for people like Theresa. Kristen is a licensed clinical social worker and is one of several counselors in our grief support program.
At Bon Secours, we are proud to offer bereavement services and spiritual care for family members whose loved one died under the care of Bon Secours Hospice and Palliative Care. Grief counseling is offered at no additional cost to participants and is supported by donations.
Learn more about the spiritual care services we offer at Bon Secours.