Friends of Hospice, Inc.

Friends of Hospice, Inc.

We offer hospice-related bereavement services & massage therapy to bed-bound hospital patients, serving Litchfield, Torrington, Harwinton and Morris.

Friends of Hospice is a non-profit organization. We offer hospice-related services in the Litchfield, Torrington, Harwinton and Morris, CT areas. Our main focus is offering massage therapy to bed-bound hospital patients as well as bereavement services to local school children and adults in the community.

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We have Bereavement Groups to help you along your grief journey.

GRIEF: It’s Worth Surviving

What do you do when it feels like grief is all you have left?

Someone you love has died and now grief has entered into your every waking moment. It’s taken the light out of your life, and it’s stopping you from seeing new hope and new life.

Even if you feel like you’ve been in a vicious cycle of getting better only to get worse, there are paths out of the long and deep darkness. Many people before you have traveled the road you’re on…..and found healing.

The problem is….even when you do find some healing….not everything is happy and bright again. The pain of loss is always with you, it just doesn’t have to define you…or keep overwhelming you.

So what can you do with this grief?

Start by honoring it and allowing it to exist in your life. No one needs to be brave all the time. It’s bad enough that death has taken the person you love….don’t let it also take what’s good in your own life.

Share your grief and express it. Even though grief is a personal journey, you also need others who can carry you when your own strength is gone. Ask for help, not only from friends and family, but also seek professional help if you need it.

Most of all….when it comes to grief….survive it! You’re worth it!

Here’s the thing…the greatest healers are those who have suffered the greatest wounds.

Grief has given you the gifts of empathy and understanding. You now have a special bond with those that are suffering. You’re a certified expert who knows things that can help others. It’s by turning your pain to the love and service of others….that you gain a new sense of purpose and meaning.

There will come a time when you discover your reasons for living….and you have a future worth fighting for… when it comes to grief….it’s worth surviving.

Gary Sturgis - “Surviving Grief”


The Truth About Time

People always say 'time heals'…but you won’t hear me say that very often. It’s just one of those platitudes that doesn’t really seem to help…especially in the early days and months after a major loss.

Sometimes time only seems to make it harder. If you lost someone you love…then you know that it’s really just more time without them.

It’s more time without seeing their face, hearing their voice, feeling their hug, having them to talk to…all those things you never seem to stop missing.

Sure…time heals the intensity of the pain…but I’m not convinced it changes anything when it comes to how much you continue to miss their presence in the world.

Here’s the thing…you can never really be prepared for how much their absence can hurt.

Time doesn’t make the grief go away…the grief just teaches you how really amazing what you had was…and why losing it hurts so much.

But…maybe the person you love wouldn’t want you to spend too much time missing them…and would prefer you made the most out of every day you have left. To take every opportunity and try your best in all that you do.

The only truth about time is that it marches on…and maybe the best way to honor the one you love and to be kind to yourself…and continue to live.

Gary Sturgis - “Surviving Grief”


Tonight our 2021 Virtual Tree Lighting will PRIEMIERE at 6:30pm. Thank you everyone who supported our event. Here is the link:

Our 2021 Virtual Tree Lighting will PREMIERE tonight at 6:30pm. Here is the link to check it out!


Our 2021 Virtual Tree Lighting will PREMIERE tonight at 6:30pm. Here is the link to check it out!

Photos from Refuge In Grief's post 11/20/2021

Grief and gratitude ~

Photos from Refuge In Grief's post 11/19/2021

Grief and the holidays.. here are some great tips. Please share with thos grieving this season.


"Memories are magic." said Bear.
"I think they're sad." said Rabbit. "How can something sad, be magic?"
"Not all memories are sad. Some are happy and full of love." replied Bear.
"But they're still memories. They're gone, and that's sad." said Rabbit.
"Sad is if they never existed." said Bear. "Memories are proof that those we've loved existed. We can make them appear whenever we need them. That's magic."

©Tara Shannon, 2020 Memories


"Surviving the Holidays"


Getting ready for our 2021 Light Up A Life event!
Our Sponsor and Star Order forms are now online at our website

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Have you ever collapsed from the weight of the grief.


These are beautiful words. Please share with a family member or friend who may benefit from reading!


You lose them over and over,
sometimes many times a day.
When the loss, momentarily forgotten,
creeps up,
and attacks you from behind.
Fresh waves of grief as the realisation hits home,
they are gone.

You don’t just lose someone once,
you lose them every time you open your eyes to a new dawn,
and as you awaken,
so does your memory,
so does the jolting bolt of lightning that rips into your heart,
they are gone.

Losing someone is a journey,
not a one-off.
There is no end to the loss,
there is only a learned skill on how to stay afloat,
when it washes over.

Be kind to those who are sailing this stormy sea,
they have a journey ahead of them,
and a daily shock to the system each time they realise,
they are gone,

You don’t just lose someone once,
you lose them every day,

for a lifetime.

Touching words by Donna Ashworth Words

Gorgeous art by Kenneth Crane

Always With Love


Beautiful words..share please..

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Grief is complex and ever-changing. xo

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Self-care is so important when you are grieving..

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Navigating Loss – Aging with Dignity 08/13/2021

Navigating Loss – Aging with Dignity

May this 5 minute video bring you comfort as you grieve~

Navigating Loss – Aging with Dignity Margaret McGahon, MSc, is an accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist with a private practice in Ireland. She is the academic coordinator for a diploma program in psychology of counselling with the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and has been a trainer for psychotherapy training institu...



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In these moments…

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Hanging on to hope even in the darkest times of grief can be very helpful.

Every morning our staff is uplifted and moved by the inspirational quotes our chaplain, Marlon, sends. This is one we want to share with all of you, so you remember to keep hope with you at all times.

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