Bereavement and Grief Program
At Interim HealthCare Hospice, we understand that crucial components of hospice care are bereavement care and grief support. We are committed to bereavement services for the families and for the overall community in general. Grieving families of hospice patients may take advantage of the bereavement education and support resources for up to 13 months after the passing of their loved one.
Bereavement refers to the period of grief and mourning after the death of a loved one. Grief is part of the normal process of reacting and responding to that loss. Grief may be experienced as a mental, physical, social or emotional reaction. Various mental reactions may include anger, guilt, anxiety sadness or despair; while physical reactions may be new sleeping difficulties, appetite changes, various physical issues or even illness.
Interim HealthCare Hospice bereavement programs focus on:
- Helping family members understand and move forward in the grief process by facilitating their expression of thoughts and feelings and helping them identify or develop and utilize healthy coping strategies
- Helping families problem-solve around adjustment issues
- Providing guidance about decision making
- Addressing social and spiritual concerns
- Assisting survivors to adapt to an environment without the deceased while experiencing a continued (transformed) relationship with the deceased.
We pay special attention to and respect to the ethnic and cultural backgrounds of the families and care givers that are served by Interim. We are happy to provide community support and education for those assisting grieving families. Interim provides educational opportunities to care facilities, civic groups, schools and other faith-based groups who wish to expand their knowledge on how to best support those who have experienced loss.