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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: We didn't use hospice services. Can I still get bereavement support?

A: Yes, the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center is a community resource available to anyone who has experienced a loss through death. We welcome the opportunity to help you and your family through this difficult time.

Q: What kind of programs do you have for children?

A: We offer support groups, camps, retreats and family programs. In addition, we have a comprehensive school services program. 

Q: What about expressive therapy and other specialty programs?

A: We offer a comprehensive art therapy program with groups and workshops throughout our service area. In addition, we offer drum circles and weekly yoga.

Q: Do you offer any training on grief and loss?

A: The bereavement center is often contacted by area businesses, schools, and healthcare providers to offer education programs on grief and loss. Length, topic and cost vary on the specific request and each program is tailored to meet the needs of the group. We are able to offer continuing education credits for a variety of disciplines. Topics include but are not limited to Introduction to grief, loss and bereavement,   Anticipatory Grief,  Cumulative Grief,  Sudden Death and Complicated Grief,   Grief in the Workplace,  Child and Adolescent Grief,  Grief and Older Adults and  Pet loss

Q: Do you respond when there is a crisis or traumatic death?

A: Yes, our staff has additional training in crisis response and sudden death. We provide on-site support and guidance following a traumatic event.


Q: Are there fees for any of the services of the bereavement center?
A: Generous support from the community allows Hospice of the Western Reserve to offer most programs and services at no cost to the participant. There is a nominal registration fee for camps, retreats and art therapy programs. We do not turn anyone away regardless of ability to pay and have scholarships for most programs. Specific workshops, seminars and some courses have a separate fee schedule.

Q: How can I learn more about the bereavement center?
A: Please call us at 216.486.6838 to learn more about how we can help.
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Coping Strategies: The Death of a Child
Director of The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center, Diane Snyder Cowan, interviews Andy Getz, LISW-S, Pediatric Bereavement Coordinator discuss the death of a child and coping strategies.


Complete List of Support Groups

We offer a variety of support groups for anyone who has had a loved one die. Spring 2017 groups.


About Grief is Hospice of the Western Reserve's grief support newsletter.

  • For issues of About Grief, click here.