Bereavement Support

Hospice Bereavement Group

CHP Hospice offers FREE bereavement groups to anyone in the community who has experienced the loss of a loved one. You do not have to have used our services to attend. Participants will find others experiencing similar circumstances. The goal of our groups is to empower the grieving with new insight, perspective, and renewed strength.

CHP Hospice provides continuing contact and support for caregivers for at least a year following the death of a loved one. A life-limiting illness affects everyone so bereavement support is available to the family and caregiver. We also sponsor bereavement groups and support for anyone in the community who has experienced a death of a family member, a friend or other significant losses.

Grief Support for Kids

CHP offers grief support to help kids learn about loss, find safe and creative ways to express feelings and understand that they’re not alone.

Teen Bereavement Group

Meets every fourth Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
CHP Home Care & Hospice
1159 Westwood Dr., Van Wert
FREE to teens dealing with any loss


Grief Bags

Distributed to students with support from the Defiance County Foundation. Each grief bag contains a blanket made by CHP Hospice volunteers; an age-appropriate grief activity book; a list of local grief counseling resources; memorial activities that families can do together; a list of grief support websites and apps for kids and teens; a booklet to help parents to talk with their children about grief; and fun items to remind kids there’s always a “Ray of Hope” amid grief.

Rays of Hope Camps

Rays of Hope day camps and activities are a fun way for kids to connect with others who’ve experienced loss and better understand their grief. Rays of Hope is led by CHP Hospice staff, trained and experienced in children’s grief issues.

Camps are presented each summer in Van Wert and Defiance.

Van Wert: June 25-27 @ YMCA Camp Clay – REGISTER NOW

Defiance: July 23-25 @ Defiance Area YMCA – REGISTER NOW