Grief Support

Healing and Hope for the Entire Family

Grief can often seem overwhelming. Tears, pain, sadness and immobility make mourning a grueling process. It’s often a devastating experience. Grieving is a challenging process, but it is necessary to help you accept the loss you have experienced. As you work through these difficult feelings, healing begins.

We offer compassionate support and guidance to help you through the stages of grief. We offer free community support throughout our service areas, regardless of whether or not your loved one was a patient of ours.

As part of our Bereavement Services, caring professionals provide grief counseling to patients, their families and the community through individual and group sessions, up to 13 months after a patient’s death.

Grief Support

Grief is very personal, but it also something to be shared. Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with a neutral person, to reminisce, to cry, or to vent your feelings.

We understand the importance of encouragement and compassion through this difficult time. Therefore, throughout the year, we offer no-cost support groups to adults in our community which include the following workshops:

  • Growth and Education for Adults Coping with Grief
  • Coping with the loss of a spouse or partner
  • Coping with the death of a parent
  • Coping with the death of a child
  • Hope for the Holidays

An up-to-date list of our no-cost grief support groups and workshops can be found on our event calendar.

Healing Journey Newsletter

We provide the newsletter for hospice families for 13 months after a patient’s death. If you have received our services, but have not received a Healing Journey newsletter, please call 910.796.7991.

Youth Grief Support

Bereavement counselors provide young people support as they cope with emotions and changes that may be difficult, confusing, or frightening. Behaviors and feelings that occur in a typical grieving process are explained, along with ways they can be safely expressed. This is necessary before young people can begin to reinvest their energies into their own futures.

We offer a variety of programs to support young people as they cope with the loss of someone special in their lives.

  • Counselors are available for individual counseling of young people coping with the death of a loved one. They are encouraged to find a safe way to express their thoughts and feelings. This may occur through the creation of artwork or within a safe conversation.

    Efforts focus on building a relationship of trust so that a young person can ask questions and often find their own answers.

  • A five-day camp encourages children coping with the death of a loved one to express themselves through play, art, recreation, and small group discussion. They learn the benefits of sharing their experiences with their peers, who have also experienced the death of someone important in their lives. Summer Camp, for second- through eighth-graders, is a Monday-Friday camp in Wilmington.

    2018 Sunshine Kids Camp

    June 25-29 for rising second and third graders
    July 9-13 for rising fourth and fifth graders
    July 23-27 for rising sixth, seventh and eighth graders

    Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Phillips LifeCare & Counseling Center, 1414 Physicians Drive in Wilmington.

    Registration and a meeting with a counselor is required for all campers.

    Sunshine Camp Registration form

    Sunshine Camp Flyer

    For more information, call Melinda McKeon at 910.796.7991.

  • Throughout the year, families are invited to our Family Days. These are special opportunities to spend time around other families who are also dealing with grief and loss. The day includes time to play together and to learn how grief affects a family.

    Family Days are hosted in Brunswick, Columbus, Horry and Onslow counties. Pre-registration is required. Attendance of a parent or guardian is required.

    See a list of upcoming family days on our calendar.

  • A counselor works with a school counselor to facilitate support group sessions within many schools across Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender, and Horry counties.

    Children referred to these support groups learn they are not alone by interacting with others facing similar experiences. They are empowered to identify and express personal feelings related to their loss and to develop coping skills.

    For more information on in-school counseling programs, please call us at 910.796.7991.

We are here to support you after losing someone you love.

Remember that you have a team of people who care about you and want to assist you in the healing process.

To learn more about any of our grief support programs, please contact us at: 910.796.7991


As a nonprofit hospice, we depend upon the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation to help us ensure that everyone in the community who needs treatment or support receives it. Your tax-deductible donation can make a huge difference.

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“Thank you so for caring for our beautiful grandmother in her last days. You surrounded us all with such love and light, and we can’t thank you enough!”

Granddaughter of hospice patient

Quality Counts

Each year, we provide more than 80 no-cost grief groups, workshops, programs for adults and families, and camps for children, in addition to individual grief counseling, to people in our community who have lost a loved one, whether or not they were served by us.

Don’t Wait

Only 10% of our patients take advantage of the full Medicare hospice benefit which includes ALL medical care, medications, equipment and visits related to diagnosis.

To find out if you or someone you love qualifies for hospice, call 800.733.1476 or fill out the below form:

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OUR MISSION:

Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care and comfort to patients with life-limiting illness; support and counseling to families; and education to the community.