At Hospice House

Hospice House is a spacious residential center designed as a “home away from home” for those who are caring for a terminally ill loved one. With four guestrooms, a kitchen, family room and sunroom, surrounded by gardens and woods, Hospice House accommodates up to four guests, with ample space for family and friends to gather. Caregivers are welcome to remain with the guest as much as they like, but are also encouraged to take ‘time out’ as needed. Hospice House is staffed around the clock. Respite care may be scheduled for up to a week or two. End of life care is scheduled as needed.

Services at Hospice House

  • Private bedroom and bath with access to the grounds
  • 24-hour care provided by trained staff including assistance with personal hygiene, eating and recreation
  • Assistance in taking medication.
  • Light meals
  • Bed and bath linens provided
  • Spiritual care and support
  • Counseling services

Facilities for Caregivers

  • Shared family quarters that include kitchen facilities and lounge areas
  • A comfortable sleep chair in the patient's room
  • Spiritual care and support
  • Counseling services

Admission Criteria for Services at Hospice House

  • The patient and caregiver are being served by a Hospice Agency.
  • The patient’s behavior is not disruptive and does not present a danger to self or others.
  • The patient and caregiver agree to a plan for care that includes a projected length of stay and a plan for discharge.
  • level of care at home or at Hospice House is non-medical and supportive. At Hospice House, as in the patient’s own home, medical care continues to be coordinated by the Hospice nurse and personal physician.


The Hospice Support team considers requests for admission based on admission criteria and individual needs.


There is no charge for services of Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg.

In the Home

The level of care at home or at Hospice House is non-medical and supportive; at Hospice House, as in the patient’s own home, medical care continues to be coordinated by the medical agency hospice nurse and personal physician.

  • Care needs assessment – Director of Patient/Family Volunteer Services
  • Respite for caregivers - A trained volunteer will stay with the patient to give the caregiver time out
  • Volunteer assistance with transportation to medical appointments, errands, etc.
  • Equipment and supplies - Various sick room supplies and equipment are available for loan
  • Caregiver support/guidance – Nurse Consultant
  • Spiritual care and support - Chaplain
  • Library– Educational, supportive and inspirational literature and books


Open to individuals living with a life threatening illness in Williamsburg, James City or Upper York County area.


There is no charge for services of Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg.

Bereavement Support and Resources

Grieving is a process that requires much more time than our culture typically acknowledges or allows. Support during time of bereavement can help bring healing, renewal and hope for the future. Staff at Hospice House maintain contact with bereaved families following the death of a loved one to offer comfort, support, referrals and services as needed.


Bereavement support is open to all in the community regardless of their previous connection to Hospice House services.


There are no charges for services of Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg.

Individual or Family Support

Confidential 1-1 with the Chaplain to help match your needs with the most appropriate resource.

To meet with Chaplain Allison DeLaney, call 757-206-1177.

Community Support and Outreach

When grief touches your workplace, school, or organization HHSCW can provide on site bereavement support and education. Call: 757-253-1220

Monthly Groups

Walking/Social Group: Walking Towards Hope

Ongoing social group to meet others in the same situation. Need not walk to join! Other activities include dinner/movies, coffee, lunch, concerts.

  • Regular walks every Tuesday 7:30am; Thursday 8am; Saturday 11am
  • Contact: Jean Babb at 757-509-0469 or Allison DeLaney at 757-206-1177
  • For current calendar of events:

Bereavement Support Workshops

For adults mourning the death of a loved one. Focused resources and conversation on finding meaning through grief. Each group is limited to ten participants and pre-registration is required.

  • Workshops offered three times per year: winter, spring and fall at Hospice House
  • Commitment of 6 Sessions meeting every other week
  • Facilitated by Chaplain Allison DeLaney
  • Registration required. Call Hospice House at 757-253-1220

Peer run Support Groups

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends is a local chapter of an international organization. Participants are all bereaved parents (guardians), adult siblings, or grandparents who are dealing with the death of a child. This is a group that no one wishes to be part of, but many are glad exists because it offers a safe space for bereaved parents to remember their children (no matter how long ago they died) without judgment, learn coping skills, and make healing friendships.

  • Meets 2nd Monday of the month from 7pm-8:30pm at Hospice House
  • Contact: Julie Stanton at 757-258-5166

For Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL)

This is a peer run group that is for the support of any person touched by the death of a loved one to suicide. The group offers a confidential setting in which to explore your feelings and find comfort in not being alone on your grief journey. Join us as we make a conscious decision to be an active participant in our own healing by:

  • Giving ourselves permission to grieve
  • Staying connected with supportive people
  • Learning acceptance with Grace/Truth/Time
  • Easing ourselves back into reality
  • Sharing our experiences and helping others on the recovery road
  • Meets 1st Thursday of the month from 7pm-8:30pm at Hospice House
  • Contact: Charlotte Moyler at 757-903-1641 or

Meditation for Bereaved

Meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday 2-3pm on 2nd floor of Hospice House. No previous experience needed, just willingness to practice mindfulness and openness with others who are also bereaved. Facilitators: Shomer Zwelling and Allison DeLaney Call: 757-206-1177

Seasonal Events

Memorial Events

For many individuals and families, a time of shared remembrance with reflection, music and prayer brings comfort during special times of the year.

  • Memorial Service - A nondenominational candlelight memorial service is offered each year during November.
  • A "Celebration of Life" service is held early in April on the patio at Hospice House. Led by the Chaplain.



Our bereavement publication, is a compilation of reflections, pictures and poems about meaning and hope found during grief.

Lending Library

We have books to loan to anyone in the community.

  • Come by Hospice House or call 757-253-1220 for additional information