Bereavement Services



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The mission of Duke Hospice Bereavement Services is to facilitate a safe and healing grief process for persons of all ages in the Triangle region who are adjusting to a loss due to death.

Professional bereavement care is available to ALL members of the community. Services are free of charge to our Duke Hospice families, and by donation to all others. Our staff consists of two hospice grief counselors as well as a counselor who specializes in children and teen grief. Volunteers who have been specifically trained in facilitating bereavement support groups complement the expertise of our professional staff.
The heart of the bereavement program is the Unicorn Bereavement Center, located in an historic home on 11 acres of beautiful farmland in Hillsborough. The bereavement program provides this natural setting as a way to affirm that grief is a normal and healthy process. However, the bereavement program extends its services into many community settings such as schools, workplaces, senior centers, and places of worship.
Duke Hospice Bereavement Services provides a wide range of services for all ages: short-term individual grief counseling, support groups and grief workshops, and an annual Service of Remembrance in the fall and Lights of Remembrance in the winter. Our comprehensive program for children and teens includes counseling, family support groups and Camp ReLEAF, an overnight bereavement camp for grades K-8. We also provide crisis intervention services to organizations when a sudden or traumatic death occurs. DHBS is a community resource for grief education, offering community presentations, professional training, referrals and networking with community resources, and a lending library for our clients. A Spanish-language interpreter is available by special arrangement.
The bereavement program operates primarily on funds from contributions, memorials, and grants. Your support is deeply appreciated and enables us to offer this essential and generous community outreach.
"Your grieving is among
the most sacred and the most human things
you will ever do.
It will unfold to you the mystery of life...
and death...
and rebirth.
Honor it."