Bereavement Services

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 assists patients, families, and caregivers with their respective grief. 


All Bereavement Support Groups REQUIRE REGISTRATION. Please contact Karen Gore for more information.

About Our Bereavement Services

Our Bereavement Program is coordinated by a licensed clinical social worker who 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 13 months after the loss of a loved one.

A telephone screening is necessary for enrollment for support groups. For your safety we are providing phone screenings phone/virtual groups and virtual/phone individual grief counseling sessions. While all of our NVNA SUPPORTS groups are unable to meet in person for safety right now, our team continues to support our community. Our bereavement support groups continue to “meet” virtually. In-Person Grief Counseling now offered via phone/Zoom or masked outdoors.

New Virtual Bereavement Groups


Recent Loss Group (1–6 months) and Making Meaning (4–6+ months)

8 session series for any loss. Open to all South Shore residents who have suffered a loss within the past year (not limited to families of NVNA and Hospice patients).

Groups start in February 2021. Please contact to register.


Spouse/Partner Loss Support Groups (Virtual)

Daytime – Wednesday Afternoons 2-3:30pm OR Evening – First & Third Monday of each month

Please contact to register.



2021 Healing Grief Series

Please join us the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. for an hour of Healing Grief. Registration:

Harp & Healing

JANUARY 27, 2021

Join Certified Therapeutic Harpist and Mindfulness Teacher Nicole Anderson for an hour of deep healing through music. The therapy harp is a unique and effective tool that will help you through your journey of coping with stress, loss, and hurt. The hour will begin with harp-guided breath work and visualizations, and end with a soothing relaxation session aided by the peaceful sounds of the music.

Reiki Healing

FEBRUARY 24, 2021

This workshop will introduce you to Reiki.  Reiki is a practice used to create balance.  Participants will learn eight simple hand placements and precepts for self-care.  Workshop facilitator, Paula Nesoff, M.S.W. Reiki Master Professional Practitioner, has provided Reiki services as a volunteer at Brigham Women’s Hospital and with various Hospices organizations to patients and their families.  She has also joined NVNA and Hospice as a meditation and Reiki volunteer.


Mindfulness & Healing Grief –Riding the Waves of Grief

MARCH 31, 2021

Grief comes in waves. If you are finding it difficult to ride these waves then consider joining Karen Gore LICSW Bereavement Coordinator for this workshop. You don’t need to talk about your loss during this workshop – you will be learning exercises to help you cope with your waves of grief.



>> NEW Stress Reduction for Grief – Virtual Educational Group

Telephone screening is required for all groups. Please call with interest, space is limited.

In-Person Grief Counseling is now being offered via phone/Zoom!

Educational workshops have been postponed: if you would like Children and grief and other topic hand-outs, please email

Bereavement SUPPORTS

Our bereavement coordinator can meet with you for in-person counseling and suggest a group that best meets your individual needs.

Bereavement Support Groups

Our groups are open to all South Shore residents who have suffered a loss within the past year. (Not limited to families of NVNA and Hospice patients)

All Bereavement Support Groups REQUIRE REGISTRATION. Please contact Karen Gore, LICSW at  or or 781-659-2342 to register.

Additional Resources

  • One-on-one visits with a bereavement counselor.
  • Annual Memorial Service ceremony for our staff and bereaved families to honor and remember loved ones


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Wall of Remembrance

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 on our beautiful new Wall of Remembrance.  For more information, please contact Development Officer Lisa Mullen at (781) 610.1519 or


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