As part of an extension of our hospice program, we support the family of our patients for 13 months after their loved one has passed away. We follow up with family members regularly during that time frame through phone calls and mailings offering support and resources.
A highlight of our bereavement program is our annual Remembrance Service, a special event that brings together the families of our hospice patients who passed away in the year prior to honor their memory, celebrate their lives and cherish the lasting impact they had on those who loved them and those who were fortunate to care for them in their final days.
What is Grief? The internal experience caused by the death of someone loved. Normal symptoms are Feelings (Emotions), Physical Sensations, Cognitions (Thoughts) and Behaviors.
What is Mourning? The outward expression of grief and bereavement.(Memorials, gatherings, rituals, etc.)
What is Bereavement? The physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual state caused by the death of someone loved.
“Meet them where they’re at” is a common suggestion for how to support a grieving friend or family member. The idea of “good grief support” is subjective. What helps or comforts one person, another may find off-putting and undesirable. Click below for 64 tips on how to meet people where they are, and take what you read with a grain of salt – consider what you know about your loved one and your relationship with them.
Grieving Alone & Together: Responding to the loss of your loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic
This guide addresses the challenges of grieving a loved one’s death during the COVID-19 pandemic, including: the nature of grief, traumatic loss and its triggers, ambiguous losses, and the risk of disenfranchised grief. It also addresses the importance of talking to children about death and memorialization and the difficulties of being separated from a loved one at the time of their death. The guide offers guidance on how families can meaningfully celebrate the life of their loved one and discusses the importance of maintaining your health while grieving.