Counseling and Bereavement Support
From the first contact or inquiry, our dedicated staff offers compassion and assistance to respond to families' concerns. A response team is available to meet with you in your home, or at a hospital or facility. Our purpose is to help you make an informed decision, address any immediate difficulties, and expedite hospice care if we have consent from you and your doctor to proceed. We respond to calls from hospice admissions nights and weekends, to be available for a sudden change in condition or crisis.
Supportive counseling is integral to the hospice program. Families receive ongoing counseling throughout hospice and additional bereavement support for thirteen months following the death of a hospice patient. With our skillful staff of social workers, ordained rabbis and chaplains, our patient's comfort and peace of mind is of paramount importance to us. We strive to minimize stress and confusion, while supporting the family's role throughout the illness. Loved ones are guided by the hospice interdisciplinary team in preparing for the eventual passing of our patient and how to best cope with their loss. Working with the family while we care for a patient, we are able to identify special needs and plan for interventions at the time of their loved one's passing.
Bereavement is a transitional process during which periodic assessments may be conducted relating to the emotional and physical health of the bereaved. At Skirball Hospice, our bereavement support includes ongoing planned contacts with the family through visits, telephone calls, letters, an Annual Memorial Service, and referrals to community resources, such as support groups. Those with complex grief reactions receive special attention and, when appropriate, referrals to additional counseling services. All participants in the bereavement program receive a comprehensive series of mailings on a monthly basis to help reflect on their loss and assist with the grief and recovery process. Each letter focuses on a specific topic to assist with the remembrance of their loved one and to help with feelings of loss. The support continues for 13 months to cover an entire cycle of holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries, helping family members maintain or regain their prior level of well-being.
- Help with death certificate and other immediate needs
- Monthly "check-in" letter
- Individual support with a member of our bereavement staff
- Referrals to groups and other services
- 13 months of support and counseling, as needed
- Our hospice remembers your loved one in our staff meetings and on anniversary of death
- Annual Memorial Service
Our Bereavement Staff:
The hospice bereavement staff is trained and experienced in the areas of counseling, chaplaincy, spirituality, end-of-life, grief and loss. Care is provided by social workers, chaplains and rabbis. We are here to walk with you on the path of grief for up to a year following the death of your loved one. There is no cost to you; the counseling and support we provide is included in the hospice program. If we can be of service to you, please give us a call. We're happy to help.