Grief Services

Gaston Hospice and Grief Counseling Services


The New Hope Counseling Center  for Grief and Loss

The New Hope Counseling Center for Grief and Loss is a service of Gaston Hospice. Services are available to Gaston Hospice family members and any persons in Gaston County and  surrounding areas who are coping with grief. These persons may have lost a loved one to any cause of death, whether unexpected or long anticipated; they may be facing a life-limiting illness or may be related to or be friends with someone who is facing a life-limiting illness. Our grief services are available to anyone in the community and include:

   A free assessment of needs and a plan for assistance

   Individual counseling for adults and children

   Family counseling

   Grief education in the form of classes, seminars and special events

   Referrals to community resources for needs outside our expertise

   Butterflies programs for grieving children (scroll down for Butterfles)

   Grief support groups

   Special needs grief support groups

   Grief lending library


Call (704) 861-8405 for more information on our services.



Special Year Round Programs  

Winter                    Light a Path Remembrance Walk

Summer                 Summer Fridays Bereavement Series

Late Fall                Silver and Gold Occasions Holiday Grief Seminar



  Memory Bears from the Summertime Fridays Series



 Butterflies: Children Emerging from Grief


Butterflies: Children Emerging from Grief is our program that provides counseling and services for children ages 3 to 17 who have suffered the death of a loved one or are impacted by a family member with a life-limiting illness. The program helps children process the loss effectively and to learn coping skills that help them deal appropriately with the range of emotions associated with the loss of a loved one (anger, fear, sadness and anxiety).

Our counselors work closely with parents to help them understand how children understand and react to grief. We teach the family ways to work through the grief together. Emotional support from family members is a critical part of helping a child incorporate a loss into her life. Our services are available to any child in the surrounding area and include:

   A free assessment of needs and a plan for assistance

   Individual counseling

   Family counseling

   Grief support groups

   Grief support groups at a child's school (limited availability)

   Referrals to resources for needs beyond our expertise

   Grief lending library

 Signs of grief in children may include:

   Loss of interest in schoolwork or favorite activities, like athletics

   Sudden personality changes

   Frequent irritability or unexplained crying

   Abuse of drugs or alcohol

   Eating/sleeping disorders

   Preoccupation with pain, death or suicide

   Giving away favorite possessions

   Regression to an earlier childhood development stage

   Develop sympathetic pains or a fear of disease


To schedule an appointment to discuss any of our children's services, call (704) 861-8405.


Our Counselors

Our counselors are licensed clinical practitioners with master's level education in counseling or social work and experience in grief and loss. It is the counselors' goal to support people as they sort through their feelings of grief in ways that are healthy and healing.

Our counselors often work with Gaston County school personnel and other local agencies to help children who have experienced a death. 

The counselors at the New Hope Counseling Center realize that dealing with death is difficult for most people, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the death. We understand that dealing with the death of a loved one is an intensely personal experience and that each situation is unique.

It is our mission to serve everyone in this community, and our fees for individual counseling are based on the client's ability to pay. Most other services are offered at no charge. Many insurance companies cover our services. Fee adjustments are available in order to make it possible for people of all income levels to receive care.




Gaston Hospice Services

Gaston Hospice is a local, non-profit healthcare organization that cares for people who have a life-limiting illness that is no longer responding to curative treatment. Hospice care enables these patients to live at home as fully as possible. Hospice puts both patient and family at the center of care planning.

Our Services Include:

- Pain and symptom management
- Assistance with financial and legal issues from a medical social worker
- Emotional and spiritual support from licensed counselors and chaplains
- Certified nursing assistants to help with personal care
- Volunteers to help provide companionship, run errands, etc.
- Respite care when family caregivers need a break
- Medications, equipment and supplies
- Grief support for loved ones

We Provide Our Services:

- In the home
- In the Robin Johnson House
- In the long term care facility
- In the hospital

Gaston Hospice serves any resident of Gaston County and the surrounding area who has been diagnosed with a life expectancy of six months or less. Services are provided regardless of diagnosis or ability to pay.

More Information

To find out more about about Gaston Hospice, stop by our office (directions), contact us online, or by phone at: 704.861-8405

Mailing address:
Gaston Hospice
PO Box 3984
Gastonia NC 28054
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