Grief Recovery Program

The pain of loss can feel overwhelming. While it’s true grieving takes time and healing happens gradually, it doesn’t mean you have to go at it alone. It’s normal to seek help to process grief.

Banner Health’s Grief Recovery Program encourages you to feel your grief, while embracing your story and integrating practical tools to help navigate loss to move toward joy, hope and meaning.

What Are Symptoms of Grief?

Grieving is the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you care for is gone – and it’s a highly individual experience. How you grieve depends on a lot of things like your personality, coping mechanisms, life experiences, faith and the loss itself.

Grief can feel like you’re on a rollercoaster. It can have a profound effect on you emotionally, mentally, spiritually, socially and physically. While each person experiences loss differently, common symptoms of grief include:

  • Shock
  • Disbelief
  • Sadness
  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Loss of mental focus
  • Social isolation
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Lowered immunity
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Aches and pains
  • Insomnia

What Is Banner Health’s Grief Recovery Program?

Banner Health offers individual bereavement grief counseling, group bereavement therapy and other services to help people dealing with loss. Talking to a therapist or attending a support group can help you work through intense feelings and overcome obstacles so you’re better able to live an active, full life.

Who Would Benefit from the Grief Recovery Program?

The program is open to the community and addresses death and divorce as well as other significant emotional losses such as family estrangement, life changes or financial hardship.

Why Does the Grief Recovery Program Work?

Grief is normal and natural, but many people need help to recover and heal.

Banner Health’s Grief Recovery Program offers mourners safe, non-judgmental support, communication, guidance and education to help them develop tools to effectively process painful thoughts and feelings during the grief recovery process.

What Are Grief Recovery Support Groups?

Grief can feel very lonely. Connecting with others who have experienced similar losses can help. Banner Health offers a multi-week educational grief recovery support group. The support group provides a safe environment to examine your beliefs about dealing with loss, how loss has affected your life and actions you can take to heal.

What Can I Expect During the Group Sessions?

All meetings are led by Grief Recovery Institute trained specialists and follows. Our program follows the Grief Recovery Method’s step-by-step, evidence-based approach to help grievers deal with the pain of loss. During each hospice bereavement support group session, participants learn tools to help them regain a sense of purpose, value and joy.

How Often Do the Groups Meet?

The program generally meets weekly for two hours for eight weeks. Find out more information about upcoming meetings.

Who Can Join the Support Group?

The grief support groups are open to the public.

When Can You Start Attending Sessions?

At the beginning of each group session, new participants are encouraged to join. Then it becomes a private, closed group for the remaining weeks.

When Are Upcoming Sessions?

For more information about Banner Health’s Grief Recovery Program, please contact our bereavement coordinator at (480) 657-1167. Or you can register online for an upcoming session.

Online Grief Groups

Banner Hospice now offers online grief groups free-of-charge. Participation is limited to 10 people each group and registration is required. Once you are registered, a Microsoft Teams meeting link will be sent to you. These online grief groups are one hour per week for four weeks (same day/time each week). The program is followed by other online support opportunities such as alumni groups and one-on-one Grief Recovery Program® (7 weeks).

The 4-week program options are listed below.


  • Thursday mornings from 10 to 11:15 a.m. for four weeks starting September 3


  • Thursday mornings from 10 to 11:15 a.m. for four weeks starting October 8
  • Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:15 p.m. for four weeks starting October 7


  • Thursday mornings from 10 to 11:15 a.m. for four weeks starting November 19 (Please note, there will not be a group on Thanksgiving Day)
  • Wednesday evenings from  6 to 7:15 p.m. for four weeks starting November 18

If you would like to register for one of the 4 week groups above, please call (602) 679-7991.

In addition to groups, the Banner Hospice bereavement program also offers:

  • Bereavement postal mailing program in English and Spanish for 13 months.
  • Bereavement camp for children ages 6 and up and adult family members. This "Camp in a Backpack” is currently online and is held on Friday evening and Saturday. The dates for the upcoming camps are Sept. 25\26 or Nov. 6/7
  • Annual memorial service in honor of those who have died in the past year. This year's service will be an online virtual program.

If you would like additional information about the events listed above, please call (602) 694-8798.

What Other Grief and Bereavement Support Does Banner Health Offer?

Banner Health’s compassionate, experienced team of doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists and counselors provide a variety of hospice grief and bereavement support services.

These services are typically open to the community for up to 13 months after the loss of a loved one older than age 18 or up to 24 months after the loss of loved one younger than age 18.

For more information on these services, please contact our bereavement coordinator at (480) 657-1167.

For additional support, talk to your doctor or learn more information about our mental and behavioral health services.