Losing a loved one can be a time filled with sadness, loneliness and grief. Our bereavement professionals want to remind residents in Las Vegas that we offer a free ongoing weekly Grief Support Group
to help people find healthy ways to cope and heal. Also, see "Tips to Help You Heal" below.
Through our Solari Hospice Foundation, we offer Camp Solari, a free weekend-long bereavement camp
for children and teens, ages 6-17, and their families. Professionally-trained staff members create a safe and supportive environment to help campers work through their grief, meet others who have experienced similar losses, and continue life as positively as possible.
Each year in Las Vegas, a Celebration of Life
memorial service is held for the families and friends of our hospice patients who have passed away. This special service reunites the patients' loved ones with members of Solari's health care team, so together they can share stories, shed tears, remember the joys, and move toward healing.
In addition, we regularly participate in community events
to educate the public about hospice care as well as professional programs and conferences
to help healthcare workers better understand the grieving process and provide compassionate, constructive guidance to families, caregivers and patients facing end-of-life issues.
Weekly Grief Support Group
2014 Las Vegas Events
As part of its ongoing commitment to bereavement education and support, Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care wants to remind the community that it offers a free weekly Grief Support Group to help individuals who are struggling with feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety and abandonment following the loss of a loved one. The group meets on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care Administrative Building, 5550 S. Jones Blvd. All members of the public are welcome to attend. To register for the Grief Support Group or for more information, please contact Chris Kopoew, bereavement counselor, Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care, at 702-870-0000.
“We don’t tell people how or what to feel, because each person’s situation is unique,” says Candis Armour, R.N., executive director, Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care. “However, we can offer words of comfort and guidance to help people work through the pain. Often, people find that it helps simply to release emotions and not keep them bottled up inside. Just sharing a story or quietly listening to someone else’s experience can give people a sense of connection, camaraderie or closure.”
Camp Solari for Bereaved Children and Families
Las Vegas Camp Solari will be held from May 2-4, 2014 at Mt. Charleston Lodge (located at the end of Highway 157, about a 35-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip). All weekend activities -- including lodging, meals and materials -- are free to camp families. Camp Solari is sponsored by the non-profit Solari Hospice Foundation in partnership with bereavement professionals at Las Vegas-based Clear View Counseling. This year's camp is funded in part by a donation from Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care and HealthCare Partners Nevada, along with a grant from Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation. For more information, call 602-589-5952. For a camp flyer, click here
. For an application in English, click here
, or in Spanish, click here
Celebration of Life Memorial Service
The beautiful botanical gardens of the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, will be the backdrop for Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care's Annual "Celebration of Life" ceremony. The service is held annually during November (2014 date to be announced). The non-denominational memorial service will include comments from Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care administrators and staff, words of inspiration, a message of comfort, special music and the reading of patients' names. Family members will also have an opportunity to come forward and say a few words. At the conclusion of the service, refreshments will be provided. The event is open to the community. For more details, call Chris Kopoew at 702-870-0000.
Tips to Help You Heal
Chris Kopoew, bereavement counselor, Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care, notes that it’s not good to hide from grief, but to find productive ways to express it. He offers the following basic guidelines to help individuals who are mourning.
• Give yourself permission to grieve.
• Retell the story of your loved one.
• Be judicious and selective with your social activities. If you don't feel like attending a party or other event, skip it.
• Set aside time to mourn and don't try to bottle up your feelings.
• Accept help from family, friends and neighbors.
• Honor your loved one with a special ceremony or other symbolic gesture that follows your spiritual or religious traditions.
• Don't feel pressured. Make decisions that feel right to you, and accept that holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other significant dates may trigger special memories. This is a normal part of the mourning process.
• Remember that the grief experience is unique to every person. No emotions are right or wrong. At times, you may feel joyful; at other times, you may shed tears.
• Share your experience with other grieving people. Know that you aren't alone. Consider joining a bereavement support group.