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GRIEF SUPPORT SERVICES

 

You’ve been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. Or maybe you’ve lost someone you couldn’t bear to lose. Now what?

The first thing to remember is that it’s okay if you’re not okay. Grieving is a natural response. And there’s no right way to do it. From day to day, it’s hard to control when the pain will wash over you, how hard it’s going to hit, or when your life will start to feel normal again.

 

Our whole-person approach

Lifesprk Hospice is committed to supporting you through your grief. We focus on you, your family, and your caregivers each as whole people with unique needs in their grieving process. Several members on the hospice team are specifically trained to help you in your bereavement, including:

  • Bereavement Coordinator
  • Chaplain
  • Social Worker

How we can help

We help you try to find balance—to help you make your way through any challenges you face. As soon as you or your loved one enters hospice, we begin the process of helping you cope with your loss in healthy ways. We create a bereavement plan of care to help address grief issues as they arise.

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“It’s easy for the whole family to get swept up in all the logistics, planning, and finances surrounding their impending loss. We make sure to stop often to ask them, “How are you doing?”

- Jennifer Blazek, BSN, RN, Lifesprk Hospice Administrator

If you have lost someone, we also continue to support you for a year following the person’s death. Anytime after 12 months, you can still reach out to us. We’re always happy to refer you to other resources to support you in your grief.

 

Bereavement services include:

  • Individual counseling
    (telehealth, in person, by phone, or via email)
  • Spiritual care counseling
  • Bereavement assessment by a hospice social worker
  • Educational workshops
  • Support groups
  • Remembrance and tribute programs

Chaplain services:

 

Your hospice team includes a chaplain. This pastoral caregiver provides emotional and spiritual support to you and the people you love. At this time in your life, you may be wrestling with questions about what happens after death, how to heal personal relationships, fear of the dying process, or any number of end-of-life concerns.

Spiritual services include:

  • Spiritual guidance – before, during, and after death
  • Funeral/memorial service officiating, planning, coordinating
  • Rituals, services, and rites
  • Prayer
  • Organizing family gatherings – before and after death