Hopkins Investment Management has researched the Charleston area for the best Hospice and Bereavement Support services for our clients. Our recommendations are based on open source research, reviews, ratings, calls, and visits to some locations.
Hospice of Charleston
4975 Lacross Road, Ste. 200 North Charleston, SC 29406
Hospice of Charleston is a for-profit hospice organization that has served Charleston and the surrounding areas for 27 years. They are a part of the Gentiva home health and hospice family, a nationally recognized health and hospice leader that has provided quality home healthcare to patients across the country for over four decades. Gentiva currently serves over 80,000 patients a day. Hospice of Charleston typically provides care for around 111 patients at a time, making them a fairly large hospice service. These patients are most often provided care in the comfort of their home – whether that is their own home, an assisted living community, or a skilled nursing facility. However, sometimes the progression of the disease causes an increase in pain or symptoms that becomes too difficult to treat in the home. At that point, patients can be admitted to Hospice of Charleston’s inpatient facility called the Hospice Center, in order to obtain optimal control of the pain and/or other symptoms. In some cases, the Hospice Center will admit patients for “respite stays” of up to 5 days, which allows caregivers a much-needed break and an opportunity to care for themselves and prevent burnout.
Hospice of Charleston will provide care regardless of your ability to pay. However, if you qualify, most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, offer a comprehensive hospice benefit that provides coverage for home care services, medication, medical equipment and supplies. If considering hospice for yourself or a loved one, we recommend looking into Hospice of Charleston due to their long-standing record of providing quality hospice care for the greater Charleston area. For more information on the services they provide, please call or visit:
Grief Support Groups
Hospice of Charleston: Hope & Healing – every Thurs 10:30-11:30 a.m. – 6 week open grief support program. 3870 Leeds Avenue, North Charleston: (843) 529-3100.
Hospice of Charleston: Bereaved Parents USA: Charleston Chapter – every 2nd Monday at 7 p.m. – support and education for families after the death of a child at any age or from any cause. 3870 Leeds Avenue, North Charleston: Ann Wooten (843) 797 1765 or Herbie Hill (843) 478-2956.
Lutheran Hospice: A Source of Comfort – 5 week support program – periodic groups in Mt. Pleasant & Summerville. 900 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mount Pleasant: Martha Vadney (843) 856-4735/216-2217. Lutheran Hospice Website
Camp St. Christopher – Seabrook Island: Shannon’s Hope – weekend grief support camp for ages 6-15 – Spring and Fall sessions. Call Bridges for End-of-Life for information at (843) 216-7323 or visit Shannon's Hope.
For more information and contact information regarding the grief support services offered by Gilchrist Hospice Care, please call or visit:
Judy Heath, LISW-CP – Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist
3030 Ashley Town Center Drive, Charleston, SC 29414
Judy Heath is a Board Certified Psychotherapist and grief expert who has been helping individuals through her practice for over 20 years. She is the Co-Founder of the Life Guidance Center as well as the author of two books, one of which entitled “No Time for Tears: Coping with Grief in a Busy World” is dedicated to grief counseling and guidance. In addition to grief support, her other areas of expertise include anxiety and relationship issues. She is currently working on a Bereavement Handbook, which she hopes will be helpful to both the general public and her fellow peers. Although she is well renowned for her classes, books, and foundations, she says her private practice remains the most important to her. According to Psychology Today, her average cost per session is around $100-120. She does not use a sliding scale, and she accepts private pay, APS Healthcare, BlueCross and BlueShield as forms of payment. If you feel that you or a loved one would benefit from grief support from a licensed professional, we recommend Judy Heath as a quality option due to her accomplishments and positive testimonials, and encourage you to give her a call or visit her website:
(843) 486-2398 or (843) 735-5900
Further Resources: For an extensive list of additional bereavement support resources located in South Carolina, please visit: South Carolina Bereavement Support.
If you have any comments regarding the recommendations listed on this page, or are familiar with another great hospice or bereavement support option not listed, please give us a call or email us.