Monday, January 24, 2011

Look to Your Hospice for Grief Support

In an article entitiled Demystifying Hospice Care, medical news and information reporter William Stroh argued that hospice organizations need to do a better job of informing the public about the services they provide.  He urges them "to fire up a dialogue with people in their community about hospice care" and "engage with the community on a regular basis through popular sharing sites such as Facebook and Twitter."

I couldn't agree more, and I would hope that through such efforts, more patients and their families come to understand that when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to treatment aimed at cure, you can turn to hospice to provide the comfort, care and support you need ~ but did you also know that your local hospice organization may be one of your best sources for bereavement information, comfort and support, both before and after a death?

As an example, in addition to the compassionate care it provides to the individuals and families it serves in greater Phoenix and in central Arizona, Hospice of the Valley (HOV) also offers a vast array of Bereavement Services, including grief information, books and reading lists; individual bereavement counseling at no cost to those whose family members were patients of Hospice of the Valley; listings of bereavement support groups sponsored by HOV, as well as by others in the community; and referral to appropriate resources.  Contact Hospice of the Valley's Bereavement Services, 602.530.6970 or visit HOV's Grief Support Web page for further information.

In this touching video, a daughter describes how the bereavement support she obtained from Hospice of the Valley helped her cope with the death of her mother:



If you're anticipating or coping with the loss of a loved one and feeling a need for information, comfort and support, I encourage you to look to your local hospice to learn what bereavement services are available to you and your family.

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