Hospice care doesn’t stop when a patient dies. Our bereavement program continues to provide support to surviving family members for at least a year after a patient passes away. There is no charge for these services either; it’s just part of the hospice services that we provide.
We recognize that grief is a unique experience for every individual and every loss. One never knows how or when grief will show up. There is no “right way” to grief. There is no timeline on grief. We don’t judge how a person grieves, and we won’t tell them what they should be doing. Instead, we are companions along the grief journey, providing support along the way.
Our bereavement services are designed to provide support to the families of our patients. Family doesn’t just mean biological family or spouses. Families come in many forms. So, we ask the patient who they identify as family and close friends. We ask, “who’s important to you?” That’s who we support.
We also provide bereavement services to anyone in the community that has lost someone. Not everyone who dies has received hospice care, but all can benefit from bereavement support.
Every November, we host a memorial service to honor our patients and loved ones who have died in the previous year. This annual celebration, called Light the Night, gives us the opportunity to Honor, Celebrate, and Remember those who have passed on.
This service includes music, an inspirational speaking and singer, a candle-lighting ceremony, and a photo slideshow of our patients. We provide families the opportunity to share personal stories of the deceased and of their hospice experience. It’s a warm reminder of why we do this work.
Light the Night continues to be our favorite event of the year.
If you would like more information about our services or to talk to someone about your grief, please contact our Bereavement Coordinator, Reid Jacobs, APHSW-C, MSW, CT by calling (626) 869-2151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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