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Grief Services

Grief support


Good Shepherd Hospice provides services that go well beyond caring for the patient—we support family members and caretakers, too. Through our compassionate organization, we offer a variety of grief support and services that assure the long-term emotional, mental and physical well being of survivors of all ages by helping them adjust to their loss and express their feelings.

Grief Support

Individual & Family Grief Support: Bereavement specialists offer guidance, attention and support to hospice survivors within the family system as they work through the grieving and healing process. Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, individual sessions are still being offered.  If people are coming in, they are screened at the doors before entering. Good Shepherd Hospice is also offering phone sessions for anyone who does not feel comfortable coming in. 

Adult Grief Support Groups: Grief support groups offer emotional assistance and education by helping survivors cope with their feelings, new roles in life and plans for the future. Groups are scheduled at various locations on an ongoing basis. Pre-registration is required. Groups are open to all community members who have experienced the death of a loved one. Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, support groups have been cancelled.

Children’s Grief Services: To meet the special needs of children coping with the death of a loved one, we provide age-specific grief support and caring in a safe environment:

  • Grief support groups for children and their parents or caregivers. Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, support groups have been cancelled.
  • Annual Camp Brave Heart for children

If you’re located in Polk, Highlands or Hardee counties, learn more about our Good Shepherd Hospice Bethany Center and Camp Brave Heart.

For a list of grief support groups, click here for the current calendar. For other events, visit our Calendar page of the website.

To offset the costs of our bereavement programs, Good Shepherd Hospice receives funding from the United Way of Central Florida, as well as monetary and in-kind donations and other grants, i.e. GiveWell Community Foundation.



To learn more about grief support provided by Good Shepherd Hospice to residents in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties and other services please call our helpful Good Shepherd Hospice team at either 863.968.1707or toll-free at 1.800.464.3994 or send an email to


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