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 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.
Fun After 55 Expo
2014 Las Vegas Events
Come stop by the Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care booth at the Fun After 55 Expo to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at South Point Arena, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The expo will feature more than 100 vendors who will sell, sample and demonstrate their products and services for staying active; beauty and fashion; health and wellness; and caregiver options. Guest speakers will discuss a wide range of topics and local performers will entertain. The event also features a free concert by the legendary Four Tops at 6 p.m. For more information about tickets to the concert, click here
Community Blood Drive
In recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care month in November as well as our ongoing commitment to giving back to the community, Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care will be holding a Blood Drive on Tuesday, Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2014, in the parking lot in front of the Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care Administration Building, 5550 S. Jones Blvd. Times for the Blood Drive will be announced soon! For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact Darcy Jackson, professional liaison, Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care, at 702-870-0000.
Weekly Grief Support Group
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.
Camp Solari for Bereaved Children and Families
Camp Solari is held each spring 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. The Spring 2014 camp, held May 2-4, was 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 about future camps, call 602-589-5952.
Celebration of Life Memorial Service
The beautiful botanical gardens of the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, is the backdrop for Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care's "Celebration of Life" ceremony. This year's service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9. The non-denominational memorial service includes 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 also have an opportunity to come forward and say a few words. At the conclusion of the service, refreshments are 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.