How Can Circle of Life Help?

Our Bereavement team is comprised of trained professionals who support those struggling with grief and loss. We offer a variety of support groups, grief classes, and workshops to assist those who have experienced a loss. Please see below for a brief description of our services.
During your loved one’s illness, you may be too busy with care-giving to feel the full weight of your loss. After he or she passes away, your grief may come suddenly or happen over time, and the depth of your feelings may surprise you. It’s important that you get care for your emotional and spiritual health; understanding grief and the feelings attached to it are important steps in healing.                                            

Lean on us when you need help coping with your loss. Our licensed bereavement counselors are here for those left behind. The bereavement team provides one-on-one counseling, grief education, workshops, a children’s loss program and other resources. You can also join one of our grief support groups where you can find strength in being in a safe environment with others walking a similar path.

Circle of Life is the only hospice in Northwest Arkansas providing grief support groups facilitated by Masters level clinicians.

Celebration of Life & Remembrance Memorial Service


It was a privilege to care for your loved one and we hope that this special service offers a time of peace and healing.

Support Groups for Adults

Grief support groups are offered for individuals grieving the death of a person whom they loved. Groups provide a safe and supportive environment for participants to express their feelings as they process their grief. Our support groups are open to anyone in the community, regardless of whether they were on our hospice service. Registration is required in advance of the class. Please call 479-750-6632. Please see our calendar for dates and times.

Adult Six Week Grief Class

Our six week grief classes are designed to provide you with a set of concrete skills and information to better understand and process your grief. Open to all adults in our community, our adult Grief Classes are offered on a quarterly basis and are offered at both our Springdale and Bentonville locations. Please see our calendar for dates and times.

Support Ceremony for Healthcare Workers

The Circle of Life bereavement team presents a virtual display of support for our clinical staff during this difficult time. This has been a very trying year and we know that many healthcare professionals are exhausted, overwhelmed, and grieving the loss of residents, patients, friends, and family members. 

We are all in this together and we stand beside you through this difficult time.

Coping With Grief, Loss and Isolation During the Holidays

Know that you are not alone if you are struggling to find joy this holiday season – this year has been a challenging year for many.
• Learn how to observe the holidays while honoring your grief
• Gain insight into ways that holidays can elicit fresh waves of grief
• Explore ways to maintain, modify, or build on existing traditions
• Consider ideas to find joy where you can, modify expectations of yourself and others
• Develop strategies to navigate complicated family dynamics
• Learn how to set boundaries, decline invitations, and make self-care a top priority

Click here to listen to this webinar.

Children’s Workshop

Children may experience grief differently than adults. You may not recognize the signs. Our workshops can be vital in helping children cope. Let us help.

Our Caring Support Guide for Grieving Children and Teens is a valuable resource in providing support for young people.






These resources can also help your child cope with loss.
Back to School with Grief
Sesame Street for Parents – Grief
What to Say and What Not to Say

Our art and grief workshops are for children ages 7-12 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Art is integrated during the class time as a way of helping children process their grief. Registration is required in advance of the class. Please see our calendar for dates and times.

Community Education

Our Bereavement team can provide trainings or presentations to your organization on topics including but not limited to Children, Adolescents and Grief, Grief in the Workplace, and Grief at the Holidays as well as providing debriefings for organizations who have experienced the death of a coworker or staff member. Please contact our bereavement department at the telephone number listed below for a full description of our community support services.

There is no charge for any of our grief support services.

Questions? Please call us today at 479-750-6632 or email


Visit our Calendar of Events for more information about upcoming grief classes. To register for support groups and classes, please download the Registration Form here.  Please email completed forms to Tonya at

Classes and support groups will not meet when schools are closed for inclement weather. Classes and support groups will not be held on holidays observed by Circle of Life. Please call or check online to confirm.

For more information please contact our Grief Center at 479-750-6632.

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What is Grief?

If you have experienced the death of someone you love or another significant event which has changed your life, you will likely experience grief. Grief is defined as the deep sorrow which results from loss, especially the death of a loved one. Understanding more about grief and the grieving process can help you heal, yet grief is frequently misunderstood. Many misconceptions exist in regard to how individuals process their grief and loss. In order to help you understand your grief, please see below a list of “frequently asked questions” about grief, adapted from Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s Center for Loss and Transition.
Q: Are “Grief” and “Mourning” the same thing?
A: Although we often use the words “grief” and “mourning” interchangeably, they are distinct concepts. Grief is comprised of the emotions we feel and thoughts we have when someone we love has died- sadness, loneliness, anger, emptiness, etc. Mourning refers to expressing that inner experience in an external way, such as talking about or otherwise expressing our feelings to friends, family, or in support groups or counseling.
Q: Should I be following the “Stages of Grief?” What happens if I do them out of order?
A: Dr. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross created the 5 Stage Model of Grief in 1969 in her book, On Death and Dying. Dr. Kübler -Ross’ model states that those who are grieving often experience denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance as part of the grieving process. Dr. Kübler-Ross also notes that although many people experience these emotions, there is no typical way to grieve, as there are no typical losses. The way we grieve is as unique as we are as people. Not everyone experiences these emotions, and certainly not always in that order. Grief is not always predictable or even logical; sometimes when we expect grief to be, it is often harder to cope.
Q: I heard it is better for me to “chin up” and push away my feelings. Will this help me get through grief faster?
A: Unfortunately, our society is one in which death, dying, and grief is not openly discussed. In fact, many bereaved people feel as though they are pressured to “move on” or “get over” grief very quickly. When those who are grieving do not openly mourn – by “suffering in silence,” “being strong,” or refusing to cry–they are often praised. Conversely, those who openly mourn may be seen as “weak,” “crazy,” or “selfish.” When we attempt to repress or hide what we are feeling, it can make us feel worse. If we do not receive any validation for what we are feeling, we can start to feel like we are “going crazy,” or that something is wrong with us. In order to heal, it is often best to give our emotions expression and not to ignore them.
Q: Is it true that tears are a sign of weakness or would make me look weak?
A: Again, in our society people (especially men) are often discouraged from showing any strong emotion like tears or sadness. Often, when our families and friends see us crying, they want to help us feel better but may feel helpless to do so. They may say things like “crying won’t help” or “emotions like these won’t bring your loved one back,” which in turn may make us feel guilty for showing tears. In truth, crying can often be a powerful release of emotions, and can demonstrate to others that we need extra support. Tears are more a sign of the love you had for the deceased, rather than a sign of weakness.
Q: I just want to get over these feelings as soon as possible. How can I do that?
A: A question the bereaved hear very frequently is “are you better yet?” or “are you over it yet?” Saying we will “get over” something implies that our lives will return to the way they were. After someone we loved has died, our lives are forever changed. It seems we do not “get over” the death of loved one, but rather adjust to our lives without that person. Over time, we will slowly reconstruct our lives without the presence of our loved one; this is not something that happens all at once, or overnight, but one day at a time. We will come to understand that our loved one will never be forgotten, and will always hold a special place in our lives. We will also begin to move forward, and create a new future for ourselves.