Bereavement Services

Grief is the normal emotional and physical response we have to loss. And loss can come in a variety of forms: the death of a loved one, the effects of illness, the stress of job change, the aftermath of children leaving home, the loss of a pet, divorce and even as the result of retirement. Each time there is a change in our lives, whether good or bad, we must leave certain things behind. This can result in feelings of loss and grief. At Bereavement Services, our mission is to provide support as you make this difficult journey.


Bereavement Training

"Help for Those Who Comfort: Resolve Through Sharing," now known as RTS, promotes an interdisciplinary approach for working with grieving families who have experienced a pregnancy loss from the moment their baby dies through the period of grieving.

Our trainers are certified as RTS coordinators and prepared to train healthcare professionals or anyone who comes into contact with parents experiencing the loss of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

This comprehensive one-day program provides insights, knowledge and hands-on experience to gain the skills necessary to interact with families experiencing perinatal loss. Participants hear directly from parents who have experienced a perinatal loss as well as from professionals who care for these families. Other topics include grief theory, interdisciplinary approaches, creating memories, follow-up procedures and strategies for intervention. Each participant receives perinatal bereavement resources and standards of care for pregnancy loss, stillbirth and newborn death. Seminar rates: $75 per person; for more information or to schedule a training for your facility, contact 540-564-5118540-564-5118.

Educational Workshops and Seminars and Support Groups

Sentara RMH Bereavement Services also offers educational workshops, bereavement training and educational seminars to the general public. If you would like to schedule a workshop, seminar or speaking engagement, please contact us at 540-564-5118540-564-5118.

Special Events

  • Bereaved Parents Memorial Tree Service

All special events are free and open to anyone who would like to participate.


There are no fees for this service.

Contact Us

Bereavement Services is a part of Sentara Behavioral Health. The coordinator can be contacted by calling 540-564-5118540-564-5118. If no one is available at the time of your call, you may leave a confidential message.