Bereavement

The death of a loved one can be one of the most traumatic experiences any of us can face. We offer a safe and caring environment where those coping with death and dying can express and normalize their feelings of grief. Support from those with experience in dealing with personal loss can help ease the pain and promote healing. Recovery from loss does not mean that all of the pain, memories or significance of a loved one are resolved, but that one is able to accept what has happened, and that those experiences and memories are an important part of life, but not all consuming.

The Bereavement and Serious Illness Program offers psychotherapy and consultation to children and families experiencing loss due to death or serious illness. We help bereaved adults, teens, children, couples and families whose loss is complicated by higher degrees of trauma, and/or additional relational or emotional circumstances.

Grief can begin the moment we learn that our loved one is terminally ill, and grows as the illness progresses. Questions about what to expect, what to say, how to be supportive and how to care for oneself often arise.

Ann Martin Center clinicians can play a supportive role and help ease the process of dealing with difficult emotions leading up to and following a death of a loved one.

For more information, contact Kristina Whitney, PhD at (510) 655-7880, ext. 342.

*We gratefully acknowledge the Sophia Mirviss Fund and Marion Elmenhorst for the generous ongoing support of our Bereavement Program.