Finding Help for Your Grief
Although it is common to want to find our own way through grief and avoid seeking help, grief support can make a difference. Experiencing the death of a loved one can often overwhelm our ability to cope; some things are simply bigger than we are and require more resources in times of need. Most of us feel strengthened, encouraged, and supported when we learn about grief, understand how grief affects us, identify coping strategies and learn new methods to help ourselves through the grief experience. Counseling and support services can be a guide through some of the challenges of grieving. Grief support groups and bereavement counseling are offered through the Bereavement Department at Casa de la Luz by professionals.
Casa de la Luz bereavement groups and counseling provide support to the Tucson community, regardless of whether your loved one was cared for by our hospice or not. All groups and counseling are open to the public and are free of charge. Donations to the Casa de la Luz Foundation will be gratefully accepted.
Friday Support Groups
An open group for newly bereaved. The group offers support and discussion of topics of immediate need in a safe environment with a facilitator. Individuals meet each Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Casa de la Luz Conference Center located at 7740 N. Oracle Road. Groups are conducted in Building 7760. No registration is required. Please call the Bereavement Department at (520) 544-9890 for directions.
This eight-week structured group provides support and education and is appropriate for individuals who are two or more months out from the death of their loved one. The group session utilizes “Understanding Your Grief,” by Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt. Groups meet at Casa de la Luz offices and other locations around Tucson. Materials are provided. Day and evening groups are available. Dates, times, and locations vary. Please call the Bereavement Department at (520) 544-9890 for information or to register.
Continuing the Journey
This group is appropriate for individuals who are ten months or more out from the death of their loved one and who have completed the Healing Journeys program or the Men and Grief group. The eight-week series focuses on transforming loss into new possibilities. Registration is required. Contact the Bereavement Department at (520) 544-9890 to register or for more information.
Survivors of Suicide
This group is appropriate for individuals whose loved one completed suicide. This is an eight-session structured group for support and education and is offered periodically throughout the year. Registration is required. Please call the Bereavement Department at (520) 544-9890 for more information or to register.
Men and Grief
It is often said that men grieve differently than women. If this is true, then what is that difference? What do men uniquely need in order to make their journey through grief? This men’s workshop will focus on men and their grief resulting from a death or in anticipation of death. Meetings are held periodically throughout the year. Please call the Bereavement Department at (520) 544-9890 for more information.
Mind-Body Medicine Skills for Grieving Adults
Although grief is the normal and natural response to the death of a loved one, it can also be very stressful. This eight session group is structured for participants to explore a variety of different techniques and methods to nourish and replenish their depleted reserves and help them to deal with life change and stress. Techniques include breathing exercises, meditation, movement, guided imagery and more. Please call the Bereavement Department at (520) 544-9890 to register and for more information.
Throughout the fall, winter and spring months, the Bereavement Department offers a variety of half-day workshops that offer participants different ways to process through their grief. Some of the workshops offered in the past have included a focus on legacy-building, coping with the holidays, self-forgiveness, learning the Native American Flute as a healing tool, exploring grief through music, collage and writing, mystical experiences and the healing power of rest, trust and love. These workshops are facilitated by different members of the hospice and bereavement teams. Please contact the Bereavement Department at (520) 544-9890 to learn what workshops will be offered for the upcoming months.
Eastside Offerings Support Group
An open group for newly bereaved. The group offers support and discussion of topics of immediate need in a safe environment with a facilitator. Individuals meet each Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. See the location schedule below or click here to view our events page for scheduled dates and locations. No registration is required. For more information please contact our Bereavement Department at (520) 544-9890.
First Thursday of each month: Christ Presbyterian Church (6565 E. Broadway Blvd.)
Second Thursday of each month: Congregation Chaverim (5901 E. 2nd St.)
Third Thursday of each month: St. Cyril of Alexandria Church (4725 E. Pima St.)
Fourth Thursday of each month: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church (602 N. Wilmot Rd.)
Casa de la Luz provides one-to-one counseling after the death of a loved one. Our professionally trained bereavement counselors can support and guide you through your grief journey. To set up an appointment with a counselor, please call the Bereavement Department at (520) 544-9890.
Casa de la Luz offers a “Celebration of Life Memorial” to honor the lives that have been entrusted into our care four times a year. Celebration of Life Memorial services are non-denominational and feature music, readings, a candle-lighting ceremony, and the reading aloud of names of Casa patients who have died within the previous three months. The service concludes with a reception and offers an important and healing opportunity for family members and Casa staff to reconnect.