The death of a loved one changes our lives forever. That's why one of the most important parts of hospice care is our bereavement program. Hospice Care Team recognizes that some family members require additional support after the death of a loved one, providing professional counselors who specialize in grief and bereavement issues to meet this need.
For the Families of Hospice Care Team Patients
- After the death, families of hospice patients are enrolled in a 13-month bereavement follow-up program.
- An initial assessment determines the degree of support needed.
- A follow up program is tailored to meet the specific bereavement needs of each family.
- Routine follow-up includes phone calls, periodic mailouts of grief materials and an annual Service of Remembrance.
- Additional grief support services include consultation, referral, individual grief counseling by a licensed professional, and adult grief support groups.
- A library of grief support materials, including books, booklets and videotapes.
"Your correspondence helped me to put things in the right perspective. It helped me to do away with my anger by making me realize that I was not the only one in the world who had suffered a great loss. It awakened me to the fact that life goes on and I must plan for the future. The bereavement group sessions I attended were also very helpful in my struggle to recover. They made me feel good because I felt that others understood what I as going through. Thanks for your help." -Roy Eller whose wife Clara Eller died on our service, 8/22/02
Community Education and Grief Support
Throughout the more than 20 years Hospice Care Team has served the greater Galveston Bay area, we have made a commitment to the communities we serve regarding death and dying, grief and bereavement. To our communities, we provide:
- Materials and other resources regarding grief issues.
- Grief workshops, classes, inservices and seminars.
- Grief support groups, facilitated by bereavement professionals.
- Speakers to present information on coping with loss to your church, community group, school group, or workplace.