Yancey Hospice Grief Therapy
“A Pathway to Hope and Healing”

A message from Jacob Willis, Bereavement Coordinator

It has been my privilege to work as Bereavement Coordinator for Yancey Hospice and Palliative Care for the past three years. Hospice is an amazing organization which cares for patients in the most trying of times. What many of you may not know is Yancey Hospice provides grief counseling to family members and the community free of charge. Hospice’s holistic approach to care reaches out to families and the community during their greatest time of need.

We provide a 13 – month program that includes calls, visits, groups, and mailings to family members of Hospice patients, or anyone in the community that might be suffering from loss. We provide families with mailings, including the Journeys Newsletter published by the National Hospice Foundation each month. We send birthday cards and thinking- of- you cards during this 13- month period of time as well. Many people feel alone or abandoned when their loved one dies. Many of our clients comment on how much these mailings mean to them during the healing process.

We provide monthly counseling sessions to anyone suffering from grief. We provide a warm heart and listening ear to those struggling with loss. We have a counseling room dedicated to privacy and comfort. People enjoy coming to our office and sharing about their loved one in a safe environment. We offer in- home visits to those who may not be able to come to the office for visits.

We also provide group therapy sessions to those who wish to connect with others who have lost loved ones. Many people feel they are alone in their grief. When they come to a session they find comfort and friendship knowing they are not alone.

Our spring Memorial Service honors the lives of those who have gone on during the previous year. It is a time to share good memories and remember the love that we shared with families. Yancey Hospice Patients families become our family too. Nurses, social workers, CNAs, and Chaplains enjoy reminiscing with our families.

When you choose Yancey Hospice and Palliative Care, you are choosing an organization that views you as family. We not only wish to minister to physical needs of patients, but to the social and spiritual needs of the whole family. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing us to be your stand-alone not for profit hospice in Yancey County! We love you, and remember, if you need grief therapy, our services are completely free to our community.