Helping You Heal

The experience of grief is unique to everyone. It is natural, necessary, and highly personal.

The experience of grief is unique to everyone. It is natural, necessary and highly personal. At Altus Hospice, we understand the grieving process and realize that while healing can’t be rushed, it can be helped with the right tools.

Learning about grief, sharing your experience, and developing effective coping techniques can provide additional comfort and healing after the loss of a loved one. For this reason, Altus Hospice offers a number of bereavement services to the loved ones of our patients to provide adequate support throughout the grief process. Anticipatory grief support is also available, if needed, before the loss.

Bereavement Services

Monthly Calls/Newsletters

Bereaved loved ones will be contacted by a licensed counselor every month, typically in the form of either a phone call or monthly mailing, or more as needed. Mailings include our Hope For Healing Newsletter, which provides helpful information about the grief experience as well as tips for coping with the loss.

Individual, Family and Group Counseling

Altus Hospice offers complementary individual, family, or group counseling to the friends and families of our patients for up to 13 months following the death of the patient. Counseling is available Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 8:00pm.

Grief counseling will be unique for each person, as each individual has distinct needs. In the wake of a loss, you may not know where to start. This is normal. Our experienced counselors know how to help and will walk with you in your journey of healing.

Here are some grief-counseling themes they may explore with you:

  • Working through anger or guilt that just won’t go away or resolving unfinished business
  • Identifying and expressing your emotions
  • Memorializing the person who passed, remembering them in special ways
  • Answering the important identity question – “Who am I without my loved one?”
  • Communicating with family and friends who may not understand your grief or may be grieving differently
  • Developing your support system and outlining your support needs
  • Learning to take care of your body, mind and spirit
  • Learning and applying effective coping techniques and activities to promote peace and healing
  • Providing shared grief support with others who have experienced similar loss

Mending Hearts Grief Support Groups

The Mending Hearts Grief Support Group is a six-week, educationally based support group that meets in various locations around the Greater Houston area. These support groups provide a safe place where hurting people can reconcile their losses and find new meaning in life. Support groups have been helpful to the bereaved in a variety of ways:

  • Providing emotional and spiritual support in a safe, nonjudgmental environment
  • Educating participants about the grief process and effective coping techniques
  • Giving opportunities to meet new people with similar experiences, thoughts and feelings
  • Preventing the isolation which many experience in this shame-based culture that avoids mourning
  • Creating a forum to exchange ideas, knowledge and memories with other members and explore the meaning in life and death

Support for Children and Teens

Individual and group counseling with a licensed social worker is available to children and teens of all ages. Creative activities are often utilized to further engage children, allow them to fully express their grief, and provide them with a greater understanding of their thoughts and emotions. In the near future, Altus Hospice will provide annual Grief Camps for children.

Educational Workshops

Workshops are available at various times throughout the year to provide education on specific topics, such as Coping During the Holidays, Caregiver Support, Art Therapy, Yoga for Healing, and more.

Annual Butterfly Release/Celebration of Life

Each fall, Altus Hospice hosts a ceremony to honor the lives of lost family, friends, and loved ones. The celebration includes live music, a brief message, the release of hundreds of butterflies, a slideshow, a reception with refreshments, and a dove release at the end.

A Map for Your Journey

Helpful Links That Console and Encourage

Hope for Healing Newsletters

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Testimonials

I am very thankful for the special care you gave my son. The nurses that cared for him were very attentive, day and night, taking care that he would not suffer so much from the pain of his complications and keeping him comfortable. God bless.

RUTH G

I could not have made it taking care of my husband without Altus Hospice. I will always be so grateful to every one of them.

AGNES S

Having been in and out of hospitals during my lifetime I have always been disappointed with the personnel. Now that I am in hospice, they have turned my smile into sunshine.

WILLIAM PUGLIESE

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