Your Counseling and Support Team
There is no need to face your grief alone. Gilchrist is here to help. The Counseling and Support team includes master’s trained professionals dedicated to providing the support you need. Whether you are newly diagnosed or already part of our Gilchrist family, our grief counselors, volunteers, and child life specialists are here to assist.
Grief is a natural reaction to loss and can affect every part of our lives — physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. There is no right or wrong way to handle grief, as we are all unique. Grief reactions range from anger, guilt and anxiety to changes in appetite or behavior. Many people refer to the stages of grief. But in fact, grief can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. Gilchrist has a team of people to help guide you through the process.
Your Team Consists of:
Our master’s trained grief counselors offer support before and after a loss. They provide one-on-one counseling, support groups and events.
Our volunteers provide a variety of services, including companionship, respite for caregivers or errands. Our end-of-life doulas are specially trained to sit bedside with your family in the hours preceding death. They ensure you have the support you need and that no one dies alone.
Child Life Specialists (Gilchrist Kids)
Our child life specialists are uniquely attuned to the individual social and emotional needs of children. They will work to help them sort out their feelings, most often through play and imagination. Child life specialists also work with siblings and other young family members impacted by a child’s illness and impending death.