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Please know that families can count on our hospice professionals for ongoing support and education. One such area of support is bereavement care. This is a vital element of our hospice services for families. Before, during, and after a loved one’s death, hospice bereavement services are an important support system that assist patients, families, and caregivers with their respective grief. 

Bereavement Services

Our bereavement program provides the psychological, emotional, and spiritual support needed during life’s difficult transition after a loved one’s passing. Families and caregivers are provided with a continuum of care through a supportive bereavement program that continues for thirteen months after the loss of a loved one.


A telephone screening is necessary for enrollment for support groups. We provide the option of phone screenings, phone/virtual groups, and virtual/phone individual grief counseling sessions as needed. 

For more information about our Bereavement Support, please contact Cynthia Stanton at (781) 659-2342 x 311.


Cynthia Stanton


Bereavement Coordinator

Understanding Your Grief Group

8-week, in-person Winter group beginning January 11, 2024, 2:00pm-3:30pm. 

8-week, in-person Spring group beginning April 18, 2024, 2:00pm-3:30pm. 

“Understanding Your Grief” is a group that will meet for 8 sessions and is most appropriate for those within the first year of a significant loss. This group is based primarily on the work of Dr. Alan Wolfelt, author, educator, and grief counselor. Participation in this group will help you answer questions like:

“Am I going crazy?”   “Am I the only one who feels this way?”   “Will these feelings ever go away?”

Participation in this group will help normalize your experience of the pain of loss and bring meaning to the process of healing. Space is limited in this group, so please call soon if you are interested. If the group fills up quickly, a waitlist will be created and another group scheduled. 


The Winter group is now full. For more information, to join the wait list for the next series, or for a conversation about whether this group is appropriate for where you are in your grief journey, please contact Cynthia Stanton at (781) 659-2342 x 311.

All in-person meeting locations will be provided upon registration.

"Hearing about other people and their grief experiences makes me feel that I am not so alone in my own grief."

Bereavement group participant

"Talking every week about the loss of my loved one has made a difference in my life."

Bereavement group participant

Bereavement Resources

"I have learned that the pain that surrounds the closed heart of grief is the pain of living against yourself, the pain of denying how the loss changes you, the pain of feeling alone and isolated—unable to openly mourn, unable to love and be loved by those around you. Instead of dying while you are alive, you can choose to allow yourself to remain open to the pain, which, in large part, honors the love you feel for the person who has died. After all, love and grief are two sides of the same precious coin."

Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Honor Your Loved One's Memory

Hospice families have an opportunity to recognize their loved one on the campus of the Pat Roche Hospice Home. Memorial donations cumulatively exceeding $1,000 will be invited to honor their loved one on our beautiful Emilson Family Wall of Remembrance. For more information, please contact Development Associate Julie Hargrave at (781) 610-1494 or

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