Harbor Hospice strives to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of patients and family members who share the emotional trauma of a terminal illness. Harbor Hospice is committed to educate the community and increase awareness of the hospice concept of care among medical professionals, lay persons, clergy and those in need of a compassionate approach of care.

  • We are committed to delivering professional, caring services for our patients and their families
  • We treat every patient and family member with the dignity, honor and respect they deserve, without regard to race, color, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, national origin, or ability to pay
  • We honor the wishes of the patient and the family
  • We are committed to educating the community about the sensitive needs of our patients
  • We believe our work is sacred and we strive to ensure each patient and their family receives the utmost care

As a result of the commitment made to our patients, and our desire to continue to serve and support our families, the Bereavement Program is available to all of the friends and families of Harbor Hospice. Harbor Hospice offers several different avenues of support at no additional charge.

We truly believe, and research also shows, that support groups can be extremely valuable in the grieving process. Our intent is to bring individuals together who are making their way through the grief journey, in hope that support, strength and encouragement can be gained by being with others who have also lost a loved one. We know that life is busy, but we hope that you will consider joining us.

For more information about specific support groups and other support or counseling opportunities in your area, please Contact Us for more information.

Below are six great resources that provide information pertaining to loved ones of all ages:.

Caring Connections: A program provided by the National Hospice and Palliative Care organization (NHPCO) and provides free resources, including educational brochures, advance directives and hospice information, and a toll-free help line for people looking for quality end-of-life information.

National Alliance for Grieving Children: Promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them. The website includes a center locator for Children's Grief Centers through out the United States.

The Compassionate Friends: Assists families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.

Hospice Net: Provides information and support to patients and families facing life-threatening illnesses. The website includes articles on children's grief and group activities.

The Center for Loss and Life Transition: Offers resources to assist grieving individuals and families and is run by Dr. Alan Wolfelt.  Dr. Wolfelt is known around the world for his compassionate messages of hope and healing in grief.

Mental Health America: A nonprofit agency devoted to helping people of all ages live mentally healthier lives. Its website has information about mental health conditions. It also addresses issues such as grief, stress, bullying, and more.

For more information about specific support groups and other support or counseling opportunities in your area, please Contact Us for more information.

Harbor Hospice was founded in 2005 by Qamar U. Arfeen MD, FCCP with a goal of providing outstanding care to patients and offering the community a better understanding of hospice care.

Online Support during COVID

“John Polo is the guest for the June episode of the Transitions Bereavement Series. John is the author of several books, including Widowed. Rants, Raves and Randoms, and how to date a widow 101. John lost his wife Michelle to cancer at the age of 31. Since that time, John has rebuilt his life and now helps others through his books, coaching, workshops, and speaking. John has been featured on, NBC, The Huffington Post, Fox and more. In addition, he is also the co-host of the podcast “My Person Died, Too” with Carolyn Gower.”

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