If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, you’re not alone.

Because each person copes with grief in a very personal and unique way, Arbor Hospice’s Grief Journey Program offers services—free of charge—to help you explore, understand, and express the grief that is exclusively yours.


Arbor Hospice understands the significance of losing a loved one and the impact it can have on an individual. The Grief Journey Program is staffed by Masters-level clinicians who are specially-trained to work with grief-related issues. A variety of in-person and virtual support groups and programs are offered throughout the year.

Our counselors provide a safe and supportive environment to express feelings, better understand the grief process, and connect with others.

Registration is required to attend all groups. The Grief Journey Manager leading the group or seminar will provide the information needed to participate. 

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Grief is a healthy part of the healing process, but it can be complicated and can last for months or years. There is no timetable for grief, and no two people experience it in the same way. Without help or support, grief can lead to isolation and chronic loneliness. Research shows that most people can recover from loss if they have support.

That is why Arbor Hospice’s Grief Journey Program offers a variety of programming designed for those who have experienced loss. Arbor Hospice’s expert teams include highly-trained staff who assist patients and families in working through feelings of fear, depression, guilt, anger, and other common emotions.

Arbor Hospice’s care teams include spiritual care advisors who help patients and families connect with their beliefs to find peace and meaning no matter what faith they practice.

For those who do not practice a specific faith, spiritual care advisors can help patients and families cope with the universal human experiences and needs that arise as life-limiting illness progresses.

The grief support process begins the moment a patient is admitted. Expert grief counselors work closely with family members throughout a patient’s illness and beyond.

Highly-skilled grief counselors work closely with anyone who needs the support, including children, teens, and adults. Services are offered wherever they can bring the most healing, including schools, workplaces, senior centers, and places of worship. Additionally, a host of programs are available to attend in person or virtually.

Because grief is a healthy part of the healing process, all Grief Journey Program services are free of charge to anyone facing the loss of a loved one.

If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, you’re not alone. Arbor Hospice offers several ongoing opportunities to join support groups, either virtually or in-person, throughout Michigan’s lower peninsula.

If you would like to join an in-person group, please contact the Grief Support Services Manager leading the group you would like to attend. You will be provided with the information you need to participate.

Joining a virtual group is very simple—you can join by phone or by computer. You can join any virtual group you wish and are welcome to join more than one.

To learn more, read the program descriptions (above). To find the right grief support group for you, view our calendar to see upcoming programs, times, and locations. You can click on the calendar program links to register where needed.

Arbor Hospice’s highly-trained grief counselors are available to work with children of all ages—before and after the death of a loved one—to help children express and process emotions, share their feelings and worries so that they can heal from their pain.

Camp Good Grief is a free program designed for children ages 8-17 who have experienced the death of a loved one. This one-day camp combines fun and adventurous activities with grief education and emotional support facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers.


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