Hospice of St. Francis bolsters Brevard with grief support groups


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Grief support groups are a great part of how Hospice of St. Francis helps Brevard County.

The North Star, the child grief support program, is designed for children ranging in age from 4 to 18. It includes all members of the family, but it focuses on the children, according to Terry Stone, the community outreach coordinator.

“The children meet in groups with others their own age and are overseen by licensed clinical social workers, Stone said.”

Adult grief support groups meet regularly throughout the month on different days, times and locations. A list of North and South Brevard County meetings for adult support groups and adult social activities is listed online at hospiceofstfrancis.com. Contact one of the adult bereavement coordinators or the North Star coordinator at 321-269-4240 or toll free at 866-269-4240 before attending any group or activity.

“The holidays are a difficult time of the year for any individual or family who is experiencing the holidays for the first time without their family member or a close friend,” Stone said.

“Since the largest majority of our patients are seniors, we participate in most senior expos and health fairs in the community,” Stone said. “We participate in all of Senior Life’s senior expo events. The Senior Expo in November and the Boomer Guide Expo are two of the most popular senior events in Brevard County. We always experience contact with a high volume of attendees. The locations where they are held are popular with our seniors and the festivities and entertainment are top notch. We sponsored this event to help Senior Life with their efforts to educate the seniors in our community about the services and programs available in Brevard County. They have always been a strong supporter of our organization and the services we provide.”

Hospice of St. Francis, celebrating its 40th anniversary, was a major sponsor of the Boomer Bash Senior Life Expo on Nov. 9 at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville.