Bereavement Care

Our care does not end when a loved one has passed. We continue to support the family for at least 13 months following their loss by serving as a caring and reassuring presence and helping them to understand the grieving process.

At Emmanuel Hospice, our team of professionally trained staff offer complete bereavement care services, including counseling, education, and referrals to community resources to help cope with the grief that accompanies a terminal diagnosis or the death of a loved one.

We make personal calls, lead support groups and workshops, and share inspirational materials that give comfort and encouragement. When the need is great, we even connect with families and caregivers through personal visits.

Our services are open to anyone in the community. If you have suffered a loss and are seeking grief support, we are here to help. If you or someone you know needs guidance through the grief journey, please contact Heather O’Brien, Director of Bereavement Services at 616-719-0919 or

2017 Grief Support Groups

Good Grief

A group for individuals who have experienced a loss. We offer a fun and friendly environment that encourages support, discussion, and education. Two locations to choose from:

1st Wednesday of every month (ongoing) – 10-11am at Clark Retirement Home (1551 Franklin St SE, Grand Rapids, MI)

4th Monday of every month (ongoing) – 10-11am at Sunset Manor and Villages (725 Baldwin, Jenison, MI)

Care for the Caregiver

A group for families, partners, and other caregivers of adults with disorders such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, brain injury, and other chronic debilitating health conditions. This group offers a safe place to discuss the stresses, challenges, and rewards of providing care for a loved one.

2nd Monday of every month (ongoing) – 10-11am at Sunset Manor (725 Baldwin, Jenison, MI)

Adult Support Groups

A safe and supportive environment to learn more about the grief journey. These groups are for adults to express and share feelings related to the loss of an adult family member or friend.

3rd Tuesday of every month (ongoing) 3:30-4:30pm at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids (1806 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI)

For spouses and partners only

3rd Monday of every month (ongoing) 10:30-11:30am at Eastpointe 1 – white house across from Walgreens (4519 Cascade Rd, Grand Rapids, MI)

3rd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service

Our Interfaith Memorial Service is a community-wide remembrance event for all who have died and those grieving in our community. The event is organized by area hospice organizations and the interfaith community.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 6-8pm at the Dominican Center at Marywood (2025 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI)

Moving Forward: The Grief Journey During the Holidays

Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, New Year’s, birthdays, and anniversaries. For most people, just thinking about these special days spent with family and friends can bring back a flood of happy memories. However, for others, happy memories are dulled by the pain and sorrow of experiencing the holidays without a loved one who has died. These are natural and normal feelings and you are not alone in experiencing these emotions. Join Emmanuel Hospice to learn about ways to help you and a friend cope with grief during the holidays.

Fall 2017, please call for dates and times