Bereavement Services

Camp Releaf

Camp ReLEAF

Saturday April 27th – Sunday April 28th, 2019

Camp ReLEAF is Duke Hospice’s annual overnight bereavement camp for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. Campers have an opportunity to meet and interact with other children who have experienced a significant death, in a safe and supportive environment.

Camp ReLEAF 2019 will be held April 27 – April 28 on the grounds of Camp New Hope between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill. Space is limited so please apply early.

Applications for return campers are always welcomed. Return campers will be admitted to camp as space allows after the registration deadline for new campers has passed. Any prior camper who is now in high school and interested in applying for a junior volunteer role can contact Camp Director, Andrea “Andi” Bowen, at 919-307-0177 or Andrea.Bowen@duke.edu

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Support Groups
 
Many grieving persons feel alone and misunderstood in their grief. Duke Hospice's bereavement program offers a variety of bereavement support groups to help break down that isolation, bringing survivors together to share their common sorrows and unique strengths in an atmosphere of mutual acceptance and encouragement.
 
Support groups provide education and support for participants -- they are not intended to be therapy sessions. Participation is limited to one group at a time, though persons may attend sequential groups for up to one year. We generally recommend a waiting period of three months following the death before registering for a support group, and can provide individual counseling in the interim.
 
Support groups are time-limited (usually eight consecutive weeks) and have the same persons attending each week. Pre-registration is required, and participants are expected to commit to attending all sessions. The registration fee is $25. This fee does not apply to family members who were served by Duke Hospice, and can be adjusted for others if necessary.
 
Our Grief Support groups are appropriate following the death of a loved one. We also offer loss-specific groups which focus on:

  • Loss of a spouse
  • Loss of a parent
  • Loss of a child
  • Grieving families (for children and their surviving caregivers)

In addition, we provide Holiday Hurt workshops for adults and children to help survivors cope with the winter holiday season.
 
For more information or to register for a group, please call (919) 644-6869.
 

Group Member Comments
“How do you thank someone for giving you the opportunity I just had to share my soul with six other amazing women? How do you thank someone for running a program that doesn’t feed on greed AND offers hope and a safe haven for grief and pain to be expressed? There are no words to say ‘thank you’ that would adequately suffice.”
 
“Being able to be completely open and honest about my feelings in a very caring setting was most helpful.”

“It was most helpful knowing that others understood and I was not being judged…being able to speak my true feelings while they truly listened and cared, without trying to fix it or to get away.”
 
“The handouts given in class were very useful. I find myself referring back to them often when I feel unbalanced and ungrounded. A seed of hope and awakening has been planted and I hope it will grow every day as I encounter the new life ahead!”

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