Holding Hands

Bereavement Services

Our support group strives to provide support and education by helping loved ones build strength, resilience and support for the future.

  • Calls and visits

  • Online support meeting and telephonic visits

  • Grief literature

  • Annual memorial services

  • Bereavement mailings

  • Additional resources

Community Resources

 

The hospice social worker performs an assessment of patient and families needs for end of life care and can provide resources or referrals to address all aspects of care.

End of Life Planning

 

Many people find it difficult to talk about or plan their end-of-life care, although many have already decided how they would want to be treated and cared for in their final months, weeks and days, but know how to discuss this with loved ones.

The best way to ensure your end-of-life wishes are honored is by establishing an advance directive: a legal document that spells out for family members and healthcare providers the types of care and interventions you want—and do not want— if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. Not only will advance care planning legally define your end-of-life wishes, but it will also avert crises and ease the decision-making burden for your family, designated caregivers and healthcare team.  

 

A living will is part of an advanced directive, which can help guide healthcare decisions if you're seriously ill. Our hospice social worker can help patients discuss their end-of-life wishes with their family.

 

It's not easy to talk about dying, but it's incredibly important. Take a look at VITAS' guides about having conversations about the end of life.

Grief & Bereavement 

 

Grief is universal and yet different for everyone.  United Hospice provides grief and bereavement counseling, resources and support to you and the community in times of grief.  While not easy, grieving is a part of healing after losing someone you love. 

Patient & Family Education 

 

Grief is universal and yet different for everyone.  United Hospice provides grief and bereavement resources to support you and the community in times of grief.  While not easy, grieving is a necessary part of healing after losing someone you love.

United Hospice provides 13 months of bereavement support after your loved one dies. During this time, we focus on reaching out to you, providing you with emotional care, resource referrals, and social connection. By focusing on your needs, whether sadness, sorrow, and/or anger, our team is trained to assist you through your journey of recovery.

Emotional and Spiritual Care

 

Hospice care surrounds patients and their families with a variety of therapeutic services and resources that ensure quality of life and to support family relationships at the end of life.  Hospice teams are also specially trained to provide emotional support and /pastoral care that honors traditions and teachings of all faiths, and  the unique experiences of military veterans as they approach the end of life.  We can also offer these support services over the phone or online, in addition to as church services  to ensure continuity of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.