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Grief and Loss

The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center, a community-based grief support program, provides services throughout Northern Ohio. We support anyone who has experienced a loss due to death, whether or not Hospice of the Western Reserve was involved. 


Our mission is to assist the bereaved as they move through the grief process by providing support groups, education and training consultation, bereavement counseling and crisis response to the bereaved and those who work with them.

Our services extend to providing assistance to schools, in the workplace and offering resources to those grieving at any age, from children to older adults. 

Crisis Response

A sudden and unexpected death can generate a severe crisis. The bereavement center provides crisis intervention when there is a death that impacts a community. Examples include the death of a teacher, co-worker, police officer or student. We provide immediate phone consultation, which often results in on-site services within 24 to 48 hours. The focus of the crisis response supports leadership in the decision-making process and can include: crisis intervention, Critical Stress Incident Debriefing (CSID), informational sessions and staff support. We have crisis tool kits and hand-outs available at all times.

Do you have question? Such as:​

  1. We didn’t use hospice services. Can I still get bereavement support?
  2. What kind of programs do you have for children?
  3. What about expressive therapy and other specialty programs?​

Click here to find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.