Caring for a loved one when they're ill can be a stressful and emotional experience for the whole family, and it's hard sometimes to know what else is available for comfort and support. Too often, families who could have benefited much sooner from hospice care just didn't know it was an option.

Virtual grief support groups are now available. We will be covering the same relevant grief support topics that we would with an in-person group, as well as address the impact of grief during these times with coronavirus. These are weekly drop-in support groups, and participation is possible anywhere, with video or at least audio.

Hospice begins at the point when someone has a disease or illness and no longer responds to treatment, or the opportunity for a cure no longer exists. The goal transitions to improving comfort and quality of life – and to providing dignity in death. Sometimes hospice care can get confused with palliative care. The difference is that palliative services occur when a patient is still in active treatment and is a means to help patients understand their condition, manage pain and make important decisions about their illness.

Sentara Hospice Services thanks those in our community for supporting our Hospice program. Without the community’s help, many hospice services may not otherwise be offered to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. To support Sentara Hospice Services, please donate through the Sentara Foundation – Hampton Roads.