Grief Archives | Gilchrist



benefits of hospice

10 Benefits of Hospice Care

Friday, June 21, 2019

There are many benefits of hospice care, not only to the patient but also to caregivers and loved ones. The overarching goal of hospice care is to enhance the quality of life for people with a life-limiting illness. At Gilchrist, we provide care that allows people to live their final days to the fullest, in … Read More

Gilchrist Grief Counseling Healing After a Loss

Grieving Together

Friday, April 26, 2019

Counseling Awareness Month April is Counseling Awareness Month —a time to celebrate my Gilchrist Grief Counseling colleagues and all those who help support others during significant struggles in their lives. During my nearly 12 years as a Gilchrist grief counselor, I have been privileged to be part of a compassionate team dedicated to helping bereaved … Read More

Grief Counseling Intern

What I learned as a Grief Counseling Intern at Gilchrist

Friday, April 19, 2019

As a second-year Master of Social Work (MSW) student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, I knew Gilchrist’s Counseling & Support department would be a perfect match for me as a Grief Counseling Intern. In fact, as one of the leading hospice organizations in Maryland, Gilchrist was my first choice. I decided to choose Gilchrist’s … Read More

Navigating Grief During Winter

Navigating Grief During Winter

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The winter season often brings snow, warm cups of tea and fires in the fireplace. For those who are grieving, however, winter can also be a challenging time. The shorter days, grey skies and cold weather can reflect our feelings of grief. The holidays coming and going, the stillness of winter and more time spent … Read More

Fabio Lomelino, Gilchrist Grief Counselor

Grief in a Time of Change

Friday, December 7, 2018

Lately it seems that we, as a society, are struggling to grieve. Although we have been dealing with aging, illness and loss for generations, grieving in 2018 presents unique challenges. So much in the world seems to be changing in such fundamental ways that a loss can feel engulfed by a more global grief. Several … Read More

Deborah Jones, Gilchrist Grief Counseling Manager

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Friday, November 9, 2018

Every November, Gilchrist and other organizations across the country recognize and honor family caregivers who are caring for their loved ones with a serious illness. Challenges for Caregivers Many caregivers are faced with caring for loved ones 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The challenges are numerous: not only are individuals caring for … Read More

grief retreats

Grief Retreats: Why Focusing On Our Grief Can Be Healing

Friday, July 13, 2018

Gilchrist now offers day-long grief retreats for individuals seeking to recharge themselves and learn new ways to relate to their grief. A grief retreat may seem counterintuitive at first: why would someone want to spend a day focusing on what is most troubling and painful? Wouldn’t it be better to stay busy and distracted, keeping … Read More

Gilchrist Grief Counseling Healing After a Loss

Helping People Heal After a Loss

Friday, June 22, 2018

Grief counseling is not a job that most people would seek. It’s challenging and is one that can either lead to very interesting dinner conversation or can shut down a conversation almost immediately. Most often I get asked, “How can you do that?” and “Isn’t it depressing?” But in my view, grief counseling is not … Read More

Gilchrist bereavement intern with one of her clients.

What I Learned About Death and Loss During My Gilchrist Internship

Friday, May 4, 2018

Before I became a grief counseling intern at Gilchrist, I felt well prepared to address the diverse range of concerns that were introduced by my clients, but admittedly became paralyzed when assigned to counsel a middle-aged woman who suddenly and unexpectedly lost her husband. Whether it was the culture in which I lived or my … Read More

Gilchrist clinical bereavement counselor Laurel Goodrick sits with client Cindy Leverette-Ward in front of the quilt Cindy made in memory of her mother.

Reflecting on Counseling Awareness Month

Friday, April 6, 2018

April begs us to notice the arrival of spring—the usual rains that fall, and the flowers that shoot up through the softening ground. For me and other Gilchrist counselors, April also means Counseling Awareness Month. It has me thinking about the healing and the hope grief counseling can bring to those who are struggling. Some … Read More