HOPES bereavement program
(Healing of Parents Experiencing Sorrow)
To provide care and support to families who are grieving the death of a child. Services are primarily provided by HOPES support personnel, health professionals who have completed a grief training program in pediatric loss.
Support by a HOPES team member is provided at the time of death, whenever possible. Folders with printed resources are given to all families who experience the death of a child. The folder contains the booklet Shattered Dreams, as well as a variety of other written materials.
Bereaved families are contacted by a HOPES team member by mail and by phone in the first several months after the death. This individual provides support and answers any questions the family may have regarding their feelings and responses to grief. They assess for any special needs and refer to community resources.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." - Psalm 23