Supporting You in Your Time of Grief

Tabitha’s comprehensive bereavement program offers support to spouses and family members during a time of loss.

Tabitha Hospice offers bereavement services for 18 months following the loss of your loved one.

  • Individual grief support
  • Grief support groups
  • Educational grief events
  • Phone call check-ins/support
  • Remembrance services
  • Mailings, including grief support, Embrace newsletter, resources and more

Tabitha Hospice Bereavement Coordinators

Our Bereavement Coordinators provide grief support following the death of your loved one.

Juanita Steenbakkers - Bereavement Coordinator

Juanita Steenbakkers

Serving the Nebraska City Area

Jason Padilla - Bereavement Coordinator

Jason Padilla

Serving the Lincoln/Lancaster Area

Daniel Rogers

Dan Rogers

Serving the Grand Island, Kearney & York Areas

Grief Support Groups & Remembrance Services

Tabitha is proud to offer Grief Support Groups throughout the year as a service to family members and friends experiencing the recent death of a loved one. The meetings promote healthy conversation between a Tabitha team member specifically trained in grief support and a small group of individuals going through a common experience.

The purpose of Tabitha’s grief support groups is to equip participants with the tools and resources needed to reinvest in life.

Grief Tip Videos

Tabitha’s Bereavement Coordinators bring you words of advice, grief education, support and more in these grief tip videos
created just for Tabitha Hospice.

Grief Note

May brings Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and many memories. Holidays, anniversaries and other occasions may be tough to get through, but they are important times to reflect and remember loved ones. Telling their stories and reminiscing about the lives they lived is healing and will help you feel a range of emotions.

At first, this practice may feel sad and painful, but it will offer you a chance to broaden your perspectives. In time, you’ll recall not only your loss, but the joyful, funny, endearing and precious memories, too.

Honor your loved one by Celebrating what they loved to do. On these special occasions, you might eat their favorite meal in their honor, watch their favorite movie or listen to the music they loved. Spend time with family and friends and share your memories together.

Memorial Day is a traditional time to visit and tidy up your loved one’s gravesite, bring flowers or flags and spend time in quiet contemplation. Talk with your loved one and offer updates, details on new adventures, gratitude for their life or service or even the difficulties you’re facing.

While it might seem odd at first, speaking with your loved one can be comforting and offers a way to stay Connected beyond just your memories.

Another idea: have a special space in your home for them. This might be a shelf, nightstand or corner of a garden where you can remember them. Feature pictures, mementos and anything else that reminds you of their story.

Recall their best advice to you and write it down. Keep these sayings in this special place or put them up on the kitchen cupboard, bathroom mirror or somewhere you can see them easily. When you need a boost of encouragement, these messages can remind you of the impact their love had—and continues to have—on your life. Remember that while grief can be painful at times, it offers us fond memories and stories.

As always, Tabitha’s Bereavement Coordinators are available for support along your journey.

Grief Book and Podcast Suggestions

Sometimes finding the right book, website or podcast can help you process thoughts, feelings and provide helpful insight or information. Check out suggestions by types of loss.

Tips for Caregivers

Assisting someone under hospice care can be difficult. Tabitha offers a variety of helpful articles from managing anticipatory grief, taking care of yourself, visiting with children, reminiscing, communication, spiritual health and talking to someone on hospice.
Tips for Caregivers: Anticipating Holidays
Anticipatory Grief & the Holidays

Anticipatory grief is a hard journey, and holidays make it even harder. Here are some tips to help cope with anticipatory grief.

Tips for Caregivers: Take Care of Yourself to Better Care for Others
Take Care of Yourself to Better Care for Others

Caretaking, in any instance, but especially during hospice care can be difficult. Try these tips to avoid caregiver burnout and support your mental health.

Tips for Caregivers: Children Visiting a Loved One
Children Visiting a Loved One

The best thing to do for children before visiting a loved one in a hospital or senior living community is to prepare them for the visit.

Tips for Caregivers: Reminisce Now
Reminisce Now

Sharing past recollections is valuable for your loved one as they near the end of their life. Use these helpful tips to talk to a loved one about their memories and experiences.

Using Social Media to Communicate
Using Social Media to Communicate

Using social media to communicate about sensitive subjects, like serious illness or impending death, requires thought and consideration.

Tips for Caregivers: Maintain Your Spiritual Health
Maintain Your Spiritual Health

When dealing with a serious illness and death, spiritual issues often arise. Here are some tips to keeping the faith when grieving.

Tips for Caregivers: Talking to a Loved One Under Hospice Care
Talking to a Loved One Under Hospice Care

Determining how to approach a loved one about their chronic illness or death in general is challenging, but can be easier when you have the facts.

Tips for Caregivers: Ruminating in Grief
Ruminating in Grief

Grief has many elements. Sometimes we focus on one aspect over and over, also referred to as “looping.” Here are tips to help cope with “the loop.”

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