Lutheran Hospice at Collier Hospice Center provides an array of grief support services created to meet the needs of those who have lost a loved one. Our services are open to any bereaved person in the community. All of the support groups meet at the Collier Center, located at 3210 Lutheran Parkway.
Grief Support Groups
Ongoing informal discussion allows the bereaved time to share their experiences and to support one another in a safe environment. Attendance is free of charge. No registration is required for the day group. However, please call Becky Cort, 303-403-7283 prior to attending the evening group for the first time.
Every 1st and 3rd Thursday,
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday,
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Individual Grief Support
Individual grief support is available on a time-limited basis. This offering is suitable for those who need more in-depth support and attention than is available through our groups. This counseling offering is limited to issues of grief. Please call our main number, 303-425-8000 to be directed to one of our bereavement counselors.
Helping Children Grieve
This presentation provides valuable information on supporting the grieving child. A developmental perspective of children’s grief, suggestions for how to help and resources for children’s grief will be discussed.
For questions and to register, please call Becky Cort, LCSW 303-403-7283.
Choose one of the following sessions:
Tuesday, September 27, 6-7:30 p.m. or Wednesday, September 28, 1-2:30 p.m.
The event is free of charge. Donations are welcome.
Grief Education for Bereaved Spouses and Partners
Six week group emphasizing education and support for the bereaved partner or spouse with the goal of improved adaptation to loss. Call for application and details 303-425-8000. Registration is required. Cost: $50.
Six Wednesdays, starting April 26
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Writing Through Your Grief
The open page invites you to explore and process your feelings of grief and discover new insights. Through a variety of journaling techniques and poem-making exercises, participants find a valuable tool and support in sharing with other group members. No special talent or skill required. Participants should be two months or more past their loss. Cost for four week session is $45. Please call Answer Line, 303-689-4595 to register.
Next group to be offered in January 2016. Call Jaynie Muggli at 303-403-7187 for details.
Circle of Support
This is a support group for caregivers who are caring for a terminally or seriously ill person. Call Lutheran Hospice at 303-425-8000 to register.
Quarterly service to honor loved ones who have died in our hospice program. Invitation will be sent. Location: Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church near LMC (7530 West 38th Avenue). For details, call 303-425-8000. Parking is located on the south side of the church.
Wednesday evening, June 8, September 7, December 7
"I hope you know how special you all are. We would not have been able to help my dad without your love, caring, helpfulness, talent and skills."
This is one note of many we receive, not from patients, but from patients' own caregivers -- those special people who put their own needs aside to share their gift of love.
But caregivers need care, too. When you are the caregiver, remember to:
Take care of yourself.
Eat well. Avoid fast foods, and drink plenty of water.
Take time for yourself and pamper yourself. Treat yourself to something special at least once a week.
Know who will listen to you.
Enlist the help of other family members or friends in sharing the care giving responsibilities.
Ask for and accept the help and support you need. Remember, others don't automatically know how they can help.
Get enough sleep.
Be open to suggestions and new ideas.
Evaluate your emotional state, and get help for depression.
Be willing to say "No" to others' needs.
Take advantage of the services offered to you through Hospice.
Keep in mind that you will never become super-human.
And here are some wise words for caregivers from Rev. James E. Miller, DMin.
The healthiest way to care for another is to care for yourself.
By focusing on your feelings you can focus beyond your feelings.
To be close, you must establish boundaries.
In accepting the helplessness of your helping, you become a better helper.
Care giving is more than just giving care. It is also receiving care.
As a caregiver your strength is in your flexibility.
In the everydayness of your care giving lies something more: sacredness.
Circle of Support
"Hospice care lessened my anxiety VERY MUCH. I KNEW I could get help with ANY problem regarding my husband at ANY time."
As a family member or friend of one who is ill and facing life's end, we understand you're dealing with a very challenging and difficult time in your own life.
Our Circle of Support offers a safe, caring and confidential place for people who would like to share their experience with others and to better learn how to understand and deal with their situation. Group members are encouraged to discuss their personal situation to their level of comfort, and will be reminded to keep any information about others within the meeting room walls.
Circle of Support, led by hospice social workers, offers a place:
To talk about how you're feeling
To discuss common problems and stresses that arise in the face of death
To learn new ways to cope with and manage stress
To learn how to take care of yourself
Join Circle of Support on the first and their Wednesday of every month, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Collier Hospice Center. There's no need to pre-register. Please call 303-425-8000 if you have any questions.
"The responsiveness of all staff members was excellent. This is a quality program with quality and caring staff."
Unique to metro Denver and designed for those with a life-limiting illness who can benefit from volunteer-based supportive assistance, Transitions is for those who:
Are managing a life-limiting illness
Are undergoing either active, curative treatment or who are getting specialized care to ensure their daily comfort
Are not yet ready to make a decision about entering a hospice program
Emotional support and companionship
Respite for caregivers
Connection with community resources
Errands and shopping assistance
Meal preparation and help with household tasks
Escort to medical treatments and appointments
"All of the Hospice staff cared for my mom as though she were their own mother."
Take 20 hours of initial, comprehensive training, including bereavement support for family members
Are overseen by the Transitions coordinator
Have access to a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including registered nurses, social workers and chaplains
Receive routine supervision, education and evaluation
Services are available throughout the Denver metro area. Call 303-425-8000 and ask to speak with the Transitions coordinator for more information.
"I thank God for all your staff. They comforted the whole family throughout this very difficult time in our lives. They also made my father very comfortable. He really enjoyed their patience and friendliness. Thank you very, very much!! May God bless you and all your staff."
Information for Teachers and Educators
We also offer support services to schools, including teacher in-service programs and educational presentations about children and grief. In addition, our seven-week support group can be tailored to meet the needs of a class or group impacted by a death loss. Please call for details.
Contact us year-round
If you know of an elementary-school-aged child who would benefit from grief support, please contact us at 303-425-8000.
Disclaimer: The Dragonfly Program and its associated activities provide bereavement support, not psychotherapy or counseling.