Grief Support

The grieving process normally begins soon after a person is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. Grieving is different for the patient and their loved ones. Patients grieve when changes are taking place within the body, when they lose the ability to do things they were normally able to do, and for the shortened time they have with those they love. Loved ones grieve not only for what they see happening to the patient, but also for the emptiness they are already beginning to feel. Grief is a natural human response to change or loss and it can be painful. The pain of grief is unique to each person as it moves through the body, mind, and soul.

The goal of grief counseling is to create a safe and healing environment for those who are adjusting to a significant loss in their lives. Our services are available to those who have survived the loss of a loved one, with the goal of enabling people to discover or rediscover, inner resources which allow them to incorporate their loss into a meaningful future.

We at Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice believe that every person deserves the opportunity and right to grieve in a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment.

Grieving individuals are offered a place where they can interact with others who have experienced similar losses, learn coping skills, and begin a healing process.

Individual (one on one), and grief support groups are available for both children and adults. People not interested in meeting in a group setting may make an
appointment to talk with the bereavement counselor individually.

Families interested in grief support can call our office for more information at 906-225-7760.

Open Grief Support Group:

Please visit our calendar page or call the office for more information.  Current grief groups are as follows:

GWINN: 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2 pm

Location: Forsyth Senior Center

MARQUETTE: 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm

Location: Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice office

The facilitator for our grief groups is Lisa Marttila, Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice Bereavement Coordinator. For more information contact her at (906) 225-7760 or email

Memorial Service:

Marquette: A Memorial Service honoring and celebrating the lives of our loved ones is twice each year. The summer service is held at the Carp River Gardens or Presque Isle, and the winter service is held in the Chapel at the D.J. Jacobetti Veteran’s Facility.  The memorial service is an opportunity to honor and celebrate the lives of those we have lost. It is a time to share stories, celebrate with music, pray and remember our loved ones. Please contact Lake Superior Hospice for date and time details at (906) 225-7760 or email

Myths and Facts about Grief

MYTH: The pain will go away faster if you ignore it.

Fact: Trying to ignore your pain or keep it from surfacing will only make it worse in the long run. For real healing it is necessary to face your grief and actively deal with it.

MYTH: It’s important to be “be strong” in the face of loss.

Fact: Feeling sad, frightened, or lonely is a normal reaction to loss. Crying doesn’t mean you are weak. You don’t need to “protect” your family or friends by putting on a brave front. Showing your true feelings can help them and you.

MYTH: If you don’t cry, it means you aren’t sorry about the loss.

Fact: Crying is a normal response to sadness, but it’s not the only one. Those who don’t cry may feel the pain just as deeply as others. They may simply have other ways of showing it.

MYTH: Grief should last about a year.
Fact: There is no right or wrong time frame for grieving. How long it takes can differ from person to person.