In this issue we explore:
- Wrong ways to grieve?
- Secondary Loss
- COVID Conversations
- Online Support Group Survey
- Latino Experience of Grief During COVID-19 by Jessica Villafranco, BSW
- How to make a Memory Mobile
- Book Review: Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward
- Movie Review: The Bucket List
- Recipe for Blueberry Scones
A Note from Your Bereavement Services Coordinator
2020 continues and all the drama remains. It’s a challenging time affecting us all. Every day is a new challenging and a new opportunity. We are seeing the resilience of individuals, families, and communities. This time of crisis and social upheaval also has the potential to create new opportunities, new ways of living and relating to one another.
We explore the topic of post-traumatic growth—the potential for something good to come out of traumatic events—in our new web series COVID Conversations. This series discusses the impacts of COVID-19 on grief and coping. We also look at the non-death losses of COVID-19 and how it overlaps with the “secondary losses” covered in this issue’s Grief Explored.
I’m also excited for our new article series, Grief-tivity. (Grief + Activities). This series will provide crafty activities for all ages and budgets. These activities can be done alone or with others to help process grief and recall happy memories.
I continue to grow our bereavement services to meet the community’s needs. I am currently putting together an online support group, but need input to know the best day, time, topics, etc. I want the group to fully meet the needs of the participants. So, I hope you’ll complete a 10-question survey to help ensure the group is as useful and supportive as possible. You can find the details on page 4.
As always, know that you are not alone in your grief.
Reid Jacobs, APHSW-C, MSW, CT
Faith and Hope Hospice & Palliative Care is a family-owned company based in Pasadena, CA. We are a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, accredited by The Joint Commission, and We Honor Veterans- Level 1 certified. We strive to make Los Angeles end of life care the best in the nation.
Faith & Hope was first established in 2007 out of a little office in Burbank, CA. We now serve Burbank, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and the surrounding communities.
Meeting our patient’s psychosocial needs is our priority. We provide comfort care wherever our patients live by using a holistic approach toward their illnesses. We also recognize that tending to the family’s emotional needs is as crucial as the patient’s needs. That’s why were considered the best hospice Los Angeles has to offer.