The four sessions (winter, spring, summer, and fall) of the H.O.P.E. program each have different topics so members may continue through the sessions without repeating topics unnecessarily.

Woman leading group discussionThe first meeting of every session consists of introductions and orientation to the program. The expected stages of the normal grief process are reviewed and complicating factors are explained. Some of the subsequent topics may include: surviving emotional upheaval; understanding depression; life style changes; healing and growth; motivation and goal setting; exploring independence; building a personal support network; effective problem solving; and, in every session, loneliness.

Each meeting consists of an opportunity for participants to raise problems they are facing, often simple things that others have faced and can offer solutions. There are also prepared materials on specific topics that the group leaders pass out and lead a discussion of the subjects. Attendees can just sit and listen or participate as much as they desire. The groups, which stay together for the entire 10 week session, are comprised of persons in all stages of their grief journey from first time participants to those who have attended as many as 3 or 4 sessions. This provides for continuity, comradery, and a wide range of grief, recovery, and new life experiences.


Participants may attend H.O.P.E. meetings for one or more ten-week sessions at any of our locations. There is a $35 fee for each ten-week session. This fee covers a portion of the cost of program operations. While H.O.P.E. charges a modest registration fee, no one has ever been turned away for lack of funds. Contact the H.O.P.E. office if paying the registration fee presents a barrier to your participation in the H.O.P.E. program.

Sample program:

Week 1 Introduction and Orientation
Examination of the grief process
Week 2 Feelings
Surviving emotional upheaval
Week 3 Healing through reflections
The importance of letting go — gently
Week 4 Loneliness
Coping strategies
Week 5 Personal Terrorism
How to avoid being your own worst enemy
Week 6 To Your Good Health
The connection between physical wellness and emotional well-being
Week 7 Guest Speaker or Workshop
Week 8 Getting Your Act Together
Motivation and goal setting
Week 9 Self-esteem
Identify and acknowledge your strengths
Week 10 Socializing
The game’s the same, but the rules have changed.


If you have lost your spouse, please don’t wait.
Be kind to yourself. Let us help you carry your heavy load.
Please phone H.O.P.E. at (856) 234-2200 or (888) 920-2201, or email