Monday, January 24, 2011

Look to Your Hospice for Grief Support

[Reviewed and updated February 22, 2024]

In his article entitled 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, they can turn to hospice to provide the comfort, care and support they 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 grief 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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