“When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”


When someone close to us passes away, we grieve. The grieving process can be thought of as a roller coaster, full of ups and downs, highs and lows. But grieving is a normal process. People who have lost someone close to them often experience physical and emotional changes including:

  • Disbelief, feeling “lost”

  • Crying at unexpected times

  • Sense of loneliness and isolation

  • General fatigue

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Preoccupation with thoughts of the deceased

  • Changes in appetite

  • Tightness in the chest

  • Anger, irritability

  • Loss of interest

  • Mood changes

  • Yearning, searching, anxiety and restlessness

One common myth is those who are grieving should be left alone. The reality is those who are grieving benefit from expressing these thoughts and feelings in a supportive environment.

Hospice at HCS offers support to help people through the grieving process in a number of ways.

Individual and Group Support

Our Bereavement Services Coordinator offers individual and group support opportunities. Individual support is available on a short-term basis.

Groups bring people together to share experiences with others who have had similar losses and help people find comfort and coping strategies. Ongoing groups are available in Keene and Peterborough.

Upcoming Events

Current Support Offerings

Hospice’s bereavement workshops address the special needs of those in unique circumstances. Topics may include: Holiday Grief, Winter Blues, Traumatic Loss and Unexpected Death.

This group is for those who are grieving the loss of a spouse or partner.

This group provides support with an emphasis on understanding and coping with the effects of traumatic loss.

Share your thoughts, feelings and reactions with others whose experiences may be similar to your own. This group is for people of any age who would like support around the loss of a mother or father.

For anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. No registration is necessary; come anytime.

No registration is necessary; come anytime.

Upcoming Events


Marguerite Cheney
Marguerite CheneyHospice Bereavement Coordinator

Hospice at HCS Bereavement Coordinator

Marguerite provides grief support for groups and individuals, working with families, caregivers and loved ones of hospice patients and the larger community. Her responsibilities include bereavement trainings, grief education, and memorial ceremonies. Before joining HCS in 2010, she worked as a director for a sexual and domestic violence center, mental health crisis intervention counselor, emergency room psychiatric clinician, and therapist.

She has extensive experience working with trauma, crisis intervention and mental health assessment. She holds graduate degrees in counseling psychology and human development from Harvard and Lesley Universities. Beyond professional life, she enjoys time with family, including her dog and cats, hiking, gardening, cooking, and reading.


Walk in Wednesdays – October 6, 2021

October 6, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Walk in Wednesdays – October 20, 2021

October 20, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Walk in Wednesdays – November 3, 2021

November 3, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Make An Appointment

Hospice at HCS groups are open to the public and offered at no charge. Short term, individual counseling is available for those struggling with grief. To register or for more information, call Marguerite Cheney, Bereavement Coordinator for Hospice at HCS, at (603) 352-2253 x 4255.

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