Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, a program of VitalCare, is a nonprofit, Medicare certified, Blue Cross-approved, and CHAP-accrediated (Community Health Accreditation Program) provider of home healthcare programs and services. VitalCare is affiliated with McLaren Northern Michigan, serving northern Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula.
When Hospice is the Next Step
Helping with End-of-Life Decisions, Loss, and Grief
Since 1981, Hospice of Little Traverse Bay has served the region with compassionate support programs. Staffed with caring licensed professionals and highly trained volunteers, Hospice of Little Traverse Bay is prepared to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of patients, family members, loved ones, and caregivers.
Safe Crossings: Every Loss is Unique; Every Loss Brings Us Together
Community-based services reach individuals, families, community organizations,
businesses, and schools who require assistance dealing with loss.
|Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Families who are mourning an infant death, miscarriage, premature birth, or stillbirth experience a profound series of emotions, from shock and anger to guilt and sadness. The initial stages of grief can lead to isolation and depression. The Pregnancy and Infant Loss programs address this unique situation through a variety of helpful services.
- Telephone counseling and support
- Short-term counseling for families and individuals
- Lending library of books and support materials
- Support mailings
- Volunteer parent mentors who have experienced a similar loss
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss support group
- Annual Memorial “A Walk to Remember”
|Handling the Holidays
This video presentation, created by a Hospice family counselor, offers therapeutic advice, coping skills, and a plan of action for families who are grieving during the holidays.
Children and Grief
Children and teenagers experience grief differently than adults and can often exhibit behaviors that are not commonly associated with loss. Specially trained counselors are sensitive and perceptive to these emotional needs and help participants understand and deal with their grief in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. Youth, ages 3-19, who have lost a parent, friend, sibling, or other family member to illness, accident, suicide, or homicide, are all welcome. School systems may also request help with grief counseling.
13-Month Bereavement Program: Taking Time to Heal
Bereavement services are far reaching and effective, and can be tailored to meet the unique needs of the individuals and families.
Counseling begins upon the patient’s admission to Hospice care and continues for 13 months after the death of the patient. The bereavement counselor will assess needs, offer appropriate services, and provide emotional support as needed throughout the first year of the grief process. Families receive individual and family counseling and telephone support, plus supportive literature and a memorial candle. To begin bereavement support services, please call 231.487.4825.
Monthly support groups, designed to meet the specific needs of survivors, are offered to Hospice support families and the community at large. Group sessions are a safe and comforting environment for sharing and reflecting with others.
Trained volunteers are always available to lend a helping hand, to talk, or if needed, just listen.
Books, care notes, and literature on loss and grieving are for the use of members of the community.
Bereavement Newsletters and Mailings
Hospice families receive regular mailings about the grief process and coping with loss, as well as special recognition and encouragement during holidays and anniversaries.
Annual Memorial Service
Families, loved ones, and caregivers are invited to remember and honor individuals who died in the care of Hospice of Little Traverse Bay.
Monthly Support Groups:
|Finding Comfort among Friends
Talking with others is a proven strategy for coping with loss.
Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Adult group sessions address the pain and the questions that arise from losing a loved one to suicide. Members connect with others, learn about the grief process, and find direction and support. Individual counseling is also available.
2nd Monday of every month
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Community Grief and Loss Center
Hospice of Little Traverse Bay Hiland Cottage
1 Hiland Drive, (off Balsam Avenue), Petoskey
|Grief and Loss Support Group
A supportive atmosphere allows survivors to share stories and to learn about normal grief responses. Participants may attend regularly or on an as-needed basis.
3rd Thursday of every month
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Friendship Centers of Emmet County
1322 Anderson Road, Petoskey
The Compassionate Friends, Safe Harbor Chapter
This self-help support group, staffed by those who have suffered similar losses, is especially created for those grieving the death of a child. Parents, grandparents, and siblings can benefit from this non-denominational organization.
3rd Monday of every month
7 – 8:30 p.m.
United Methodist Church
1804 E. Mitchell Street, Petoskey
|Hospice of Little Traverse Bay
One Hiland Drive
Petoskey, Michigan 49770
231.487.4825 · 800.342.7711
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