Counseling & Bereavement
Counseling and bereavement services are vital to the grieving process. We understand that everyone experiences loss in different ways, and we are ready and willing to help you through each step. Our chaplains visit with the patient through end of life. Additionally, the chaplain visits with the patient’s loved ones up to 13 months after the patient passes and as often as needed.
“Working for Serenity has truly been a blessing. Walking with people during difficult times and bringing them encouragement is what I get to do every day.” – Daniel Gilliam, Chaplain
The chaplains understand the stages of grief and how to best help the bereavement process. These services help the patient and loved ones to understand what to expect or deal with what has happened. The five common stages of grief are:
- Denial – This is a common response that acts as a shield to the emotional devastation.
- Anger – This feeling is often directed toward other family members, medical personnel, or God himself.
- Bargaining – This desperate effort to gain more time with the loved one often occurs close to the passing of a loved one.
- Depression – This natural phase of the grieving process allows you to mourn your loved one and release sadness.
- Acceptance – This final phase allows the family to accept the death while still remembering and cherishing the loved one.
In addition to bereavement services, each office has a memorial service every year to provide an opportunity for the families to honor their loved one. We also provide community support by hosting grief share and support meetings and educational seminars for pastors in our local areas.
God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, and accepting hardship as a pathway to peace. Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. And, trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to your will, so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.