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Bereavement Services

Remembrance Services

Hospice of Washington County and Franklin Hospice invite you and your family to participate in our Virtual Community Service of Remembrance.

While we are unable to gather physically together, we can share a safe virtual space to pause, reflect, remember and celebrate the lives and love of those who have died. On Thursday, August 6, 2020, Antietam Cable will be recording our Virtual Community Service of Remembrance, and it will be available on YouTube for you and your family to view.  During our service, we will light candles, share readings and poems, have moments of reflection, and perform uplifting music. 

Click HERE to view the service.

On-going Grief Groups

Open, Drop-in Group

These are open support groups, available to any adult who has experienced the death of a loved one. The group meets the first and third Mondayof each month from 10:30am.-12:00 noon and second and fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:00p.m.  

Social Brunch

Offered once a month, meeting at a local restaurant. A great chance to socialize in a safe environment, with people who understand and respect where you are in your grief journey.

Closed-Ended Grief Groups

(Offered for 6 week sessions throughout the year)

Overdose Loss Support Group, offered in the fall

Losing a loved one can be one of the most painful experiences we will ever endure. Receive and give support to others who are walking this journey as well. Join us for a time of support, sharing, and education.

Survivors of Suicide Group, offered in the spring

This group will focus on the many issues that arise when a loved one dies of suicide and the emotional, physical, and spiritual responses to it. Explore ways to manage the intensity of the pain and discuss healthy coping strategies. 

Teen Grief Group, offered in the summer

Teens have many challenges in life. Add the grief of losing a loved one to these challenges, and it gets even more complex. This group is a safe place for teens to share stories and express themselves.

Educational Workshops, offered throughout the year

  • Grief 101
  • Children and Grief
  • Coping with the Holidays


DoveTales is designed for children (ages 6 – 13) who are coping with the death of a loved one. DoveTales is an educational and nurturing experience for children to share their “Tales” and meet others who “get it.” 

Due to COVID-19 and considerations for the safety of our children and community, DoveTales 2020 will be an interactive virtual experience instead of a face-to-face traditional camp. The bereavement team is excited to announce our partnership with BEACON House Inc. to create a weekly program for children and families for the Fall 2020. All of the children who register for the program will receive a special care package including a DoveTales t-shirt, canvas bag, workbook, comfort blanket, and all of the art and craft materials needed to complete weekly activities. 

The interactive program will officially kick off on Friday October 30, 2020, and be facilitated for a total of 6 consecutive weeks. Families will be invited to complete creative activities focused on grief education, as well as participate in live video sessions via Zoom to meet bereavement counselors, mentors, and other families for support each week. Children and families will have the opportunity to build meaningful connections, as well as learn effective and practical skills for coping with their grief.

Looking for a fun and unique VOLUNTEER opportunity? Consider applying to be a DoveTales Volunteer. Volunteers will have the opportunity to be a virtual “Big Buddy” and a mentor to children and families via the online program. Training and education will be provided to all volunteers. 

DoveTales is offered at NO cost to families. Special thank you for grant funding from the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc, as well as private donors. 

Registration is open to children and families who reside in Washington County, Maryland as well as Franklin County, Pennsylvania. 

The deadline for camper registrations and volunteer applications is Friday October 16, 2020.

Camper Application

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Background Check Form