Bereavement care is an integral part of our plan of care for hospice families, both before and after the passing of a loved one. Bereavement means “mourning” or the sorrow one feels after a loved one has passed.
The bereavement program exists to help families deal with feelings of sadness, loss and grief for up to 13 months after the passing of a loved one. We understand there is never enough time to prepare for a loss, but with support, time, patience and effort, there can be peace and acceptance.
Grief takes many forms, and all individuals grieve differently. Knowing this, our program offers a variety of services:
- Bereavement Coordinator: Coordinates with families through calls or home visits to identify grief and support needs both before and after the passing of a loved one.
- Trained Volunteers: Provide emotional support through phone calls, visits and assisting with family needs. They can provide a break for families by sitting with a patient, offering companionship and a listening ear, or assist running errands or helping with light housework.
- Hospice Memorial Services: Offer a time to celebrate the life of a loved one. Through scripture, song and liturgy, families reflect, remember their loved one and reconnect with members of the hospice team. Four services are held each year throughout the service area.
- Grief Support Groups: Offer a group setting for individuals to share, discuss feelings, receive support and offer comfort to others who have experienced a loss.
- Mailings and Educational Materials: Offer information about stages of grief and feelings that an individual may experience at a specific point in their grief process. Helpful strategies and tips for dealing with grief and mourning are also provided.
For more information about our bereavement program or to speak with someone about bereavement care, call 800-582-8667 or 217-788-4663, or email us.