Grief & Bereavement

“Grief has a quality of healing in it that is very deep because we are forced to a depth of emotion that is usually below the threshold of our awareness.” — Stephen Levine

Grief & Bereavement

The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult human experiences, and grief often involves intensely painful feelings. The Dempsey Center offers the following services to help those who have lost a loved one to cancer:

  • Grief Counseling: Short-term grief counseling sessions are available with our oncology counselors to help people work through the pain of loss.
  • Grief After Cancer Loss: A six-week educational support series for adults who have lost a loved one to cancer, held 3-4 times a year in each Dempsey Center location.
    • New program starting in South Portland January 7th – contact Patti Sands at [email protected] or call 207-800-4362
    • New program starting in Lewiston February 19th – contact Theresa Beaudette at [email protected] or call 207-376-9649
  • Annual Memorial Service: The Dempsey Center holds an annual service to celebrate the lives of those clients who died from cancer in the past year. The event includes candle lighting, live music, inspirational readings and a reception following the ceremony. Held in both Dempsey Center locations.
  • Grief Programs: Occasional workshops focusing on grief and bereavement.

Please contact us for more information.

Space to Breathe

Space to Breathe is a five-day adventure-based program designed for teenage caregivers ages 12-18 who have a parent or a sibling living with cancer or who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. This program involves a three-day wilderness expedition and a variety of challenge-by-choice experiences including a day of high-ropes. Space to Breathe provides 24 spaces for new and returning campers and typically operates in late July or early August.

Wilderness expeditions vary each year and operate out of Camp Kieve in Nobleboro, Maine. Each program is coordinated and run by the Youth and Family Services Coordinator with safety in mind. Expeditions are led by a co-ed team of adults including at least one licensed mental health counselor and an experienced and credentialed trip leader.