Below, please find many helpful links and educational resources on hospice, caregiving terminal illness, and grief.
AARP Grief and Loss
Toll-free Support Line: 866.797.2277
Blue Ridge Chapter: 540.563.1618
American Cancer Society
American Hospital Association - Put it in Writing
English/Spanish website that provides consumers and providers with information on advance directives. Contains downloadable information, instructions, and wallet cards.
Children of Aging Parents
New River Valley: 540.381.3171
New River Valley: 540.980.7720
Red Cross Caregiving Courses
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These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief.
Helping Yourself with Grief
If someone you love has died, you are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died. It is an essential part of healing. The following articles provide many practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your unique grief journey.
Helping Others with Grief
If a friend has experienced the death of someone loved, how can you help? The following articles provide many practical suggestions for helping others with grief:
For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers
Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member. The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief.
Funerals, Memorials, Cremation and Related Topics
The days following the death of a loved one can be filled with sadness and confusion. The following articles can help you understand the importance of the rituals surrounding death.
For Funeral Directors
Effectively meeting the grief needs of customers in an increasingly impersonal world takes special effort on the part of professionals in the grief industry. The following articles are designed to help funeral directors gauge their own effectiveness and meet the challenges of serving customer needs.
Resources for Grief Caregivers
Caregivers have special needs of their own. The following articles are designed to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as those who are suffering from loss.