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It’s All About Support
Hospice care is as unique as the individual patients who come to us in search of this form of support and comfort. It’s focused on making the patient comfortable, while helping families cope with a difficult time of impending loss.

Here are some of the unique features of the service we offer:
  • It’s palliative care, meaning we focus on providing comfort, rather than a cure.
  • Our attention is focused on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of both patient and family. 
  • Care is provided in the most comforting and supporting atmosphere, whether that be at home, a nursing facility or our inpatient center.
  • An entire interdisciplinary team of compassionate professionals work together to provide care, including each patient's physician, the hospice medical director, registered nurse, social worker, chaplain, home health aide and specially-trained volunteers.
  • Bereavement support is provided to each family following the death of their loved one.

Grief Support Groups

St. Elizabeth Hospice offers a full array of support services for families of our patients. Below is a list of Grief Support Groups offered through our program. Prior to joining a group, we request that you contact our bereavement coordinator to arrange a consultation by phone (859-301-4611) or by email.

We have adopted the “STARS” philosophy for our grief support groups. This philosophy motivates us to provide an emotionally Safe place in which participants Teach each other, Accept each other, Respect each other and Support each other in their grief journeys utilizing small groups.

  • STARS for KIDS:  This support group is for any school age child and their caregiver who has experienced the death of a loved one.  It is offered as a semester series during the school year on Tuesday evenings.  Series begin in September and January.
  • STARS for ADULTS: (Formerly Journey Through Grief):  This 6-week grief group series is for adults who have experienced the death of a spouse, parent, sibling, or friend.  It is offered on Thursday evenings throughout the year.
  • STARS for RETIRED WIDOWERS:  This once-a-month brunch meets on the second Tuesday of each month.  It includes guest speakers as well as a time of fellowship.
  • HOSPICE MEN’S GRIEF HUDDLE:  This once-a-month meeting gathers on the third Friday of each month at 8:00 AM. It is for working-age men who have lost a spouse and are looking to connect and find support in an informal atmosphere. 
  • STARS for ADULTS GRANT COUNTY: (Formerly Journey Through Grief Grant County):  This twice-a-month group meets for brunch on the first Monday of the month and for a support group meeting on the third Monday of the month. Both meetings begin at 10:30 a.m.
  • STARS for PARENTS: This formerly once-a-month support group now meets twice a month in conjunction with the STARS for Kids program.  This is for parents who have lost a child of any age.  It meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday evening of each month during the school year.
  • STARS for ADULT DAUGHTERS: This 6-week series is devoted to issues daughters face after the death of a parent.  It meets on Wednesday evenings throughout the year.  

If you are interested in obtaining more information on any of the above support groups, please contact James Ellis either by phone (859-301-4611) or by e-mail.

All groups provided by St. Elizabeth Hospice are open to the public and are not limited to those having received hospice care.

For More Information About Hospice Care:  
NHPCO- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization



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