Grief Counseling

Your Partner in Healing

After a loss, you may experience many overwhelming emotions: sadness, anger, depression, guilt, and many others. You may want to be alone, or you may crave companionship. Whatever place you find yourself in your journey of grief, Burke Hospice and Palliative Care has programs available to support you.

The Help You Need, When You Need It

Burke Hospice and Palliative Care offers bereavement counseling and services that are tailored to each person's unique needs:

  • Private counseling sessions and personal support for 13 months after the loss

  • Group sessions for discussion and sharing with others on the same path

  • Correspondence program with materials and resources for coping

  • Lending library with grief and loss materials for people of all ages

A Support System For All Ages

Bereavement services offered by Burke Hospice and Palliative Care are available to adults and children in Burke, Catawba, Lincoln, Cleveland, Rutherford, McDowell, Avery, or Caldwell counties. All services are offered free, as a community service.

We also offer short term grief education and support programs which can be offered in your church or community organization. For more information, call (828) 879-1601 and ask for our Bereavement Coordinator.

Community Support Groups

Living with Grief Support

6-week program - East Burke Senior Center

Join us and others who are grieving to learn the difference between grief and mourning; the “normal” responses to loss; the five stages of grief and how to move forward and love with grief. Call the office to register.


13-week program - Catawba River Baptist Association Building

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group that meets weekly to help you face the challenges of grief and move from mourning to joy. Includes practical information from the Christian Bible. Call the office to register.

Widows and Widowers Support Group

5-7pm, Second Tuesday of every month - East Valdese Baptist Church

Open to anyone who has experienced the death of a spouse. This group is on-going, please call the office to register.

Camp Dragonfly

Annual Youth Grief Camp

Camp Dragonfly is a free one-day camp for children ages 6-12 who have suffered a loss in their life. Any child can attend Camp Dragonfly, whether or not the family has been involved with Burke Hospice.