The bereavement coordinator meets with the caregiver in the beginning of the services to determine the level of care the family is likely to need following the death of a loved one. The coordinator is often the hospice chaplain or social worker whose main work in bereavement begins after the loss of a patient. As needs often change over time, the coordinator meets with the family to determine their needs shortly after the loss. Bereavement services are offered to the family for fourteen (14) months following the loss of a loved one. Visits and literature to comfort and support the family are planned around the needs of the family with more intensive support often provided in the first weeks after loss.
Grief is a natural reaction to loss, and one that each of us experiences differently. The Hand In Hand Hospice Bereavement Coordinator is there to listen and help. We offer bereavement care, sometimes called grief care, in ways that fir each person’s values, beliefs and culture. Our bereavement team can help families and caregivers understand and work through their feelings by:
- Providing general information about grief and loss
- Answering questions and helping you find your own answers
- Listening to your stories with all the mixed emotions you may be feeling
- Being a caring and reassuring presence
We provide bereavement counseling to the individual through visits, phone calls, and regular mailings of self-help materials and a support group. We can help you and your family at any stage in your grief, and can provide referrals to other professionals as needed.
Grieving a Loss - Caring Connections, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization