Our professional staff is standing by to provide telephone consults, meet with you and respond to your questions and needs. We also have a variety of publications, pamphlets and online resources we can direct you to. We invite you to contact us with questions or concerns at (540) 332-4909.
End of Life Planning: A checklist is one way to begin the planning process.
We have staff and trained volunteers ready and willing to come talk with you and your group on any number of topics, including Hospice Care, Grief and Bereavement, Spirituality, Volunteer Opportunities, Fund raising needs, Hospice House, Camp Dragonfly or other topics you may find of interest.
Education Program/Volunteer Training
We host two training programs each year which provide a hands-on overview of End of Life issues. Instructors are area professionals and Hospice professional staff. Clergy, medical professionals, interested individuals and our volunteers apply credits from the 8 session program to a variety of venues. Blue Ridge Community College allows 2 CEU credits for a small additional fee.
Topics include: Hospice Care, Decision Making and Quality of Life, Medical Aspects of Terminal Illness & Care, Personal Perspectives on Death and Dying, Active Listening, Separation, Loss & Grief, Spirituality, Diversity & Religion, a Funeral Home visit, Self Care and the Role of the Volunteer. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (540) 332-4909 or 932-4909 for program details, schedules and registration information.
Each life takes unique pathways and grows unique connections. There is no one way to plan or organize how you and your loved ones let go of each other. There is no simple set of rules to follow in face of life altering changes; there are no "one size fits all" programs to teach you how to grow through pain, sorrow and loss. But, know you are not alone. We invite you to share your journey with us - we will work with you in any way we can. Please call our bereavement counselor for more information (540) 332-4909 or 932 4909.
Grief Support Group
Our professional bereavement counselor and volunteers facilitate a grief support group (open to any adult) several times a year. Please call our Bereavement Counselor for more information.
Stages of Dying
There is no right way or wrong way to die - no two people are alike. Similarly, there is no precise progression or process that people go through when they separate from their physical bodies. There are regularities that clinicians talk about, and we provide written materials that describe them or will be glad to just sit and talk with you about your questions or concerns.
This is usually a profoundly spiritual time in the life of a patient and anyone connected to them. We respect individual practices and beliefs and do everything we can to support your choices. We offer our professional Chaplain and trained Clergy volunteers to provide pastoral counseling and spiritual support to you, your family and loved ones if you think it would be appropriate. They can also help with funeral planning, other liturgical matters and can work with your pastor and others in your community to support and educate them and meet your needs.
We have expert clinicians on staff ready to consult with you about a wide range of medical, emotional and personal problems. Your Care Manager will be your primary resource - do not hesitate to ask questions and be sure you understand all you have been told. We provide a variety of written materials to help with care concerns.