PRE-BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT SERVICES
Pre-bereavement support provides patients and caregivers the opportunity to help strengthen their ability to cope during these stressful times.
Our grief counselors become a member of the Team by communicating and collaborating with other Team members to address the total needs of our patients. Pre-bereavement counseling may consist of: emotional support during a tender life passage, individual counseling with suggestions for self-care, opportunities to learn relaxation techniques, assistance in exploring questions about end-of-life, coordination of family meetings with Team members to resolve extenuating circumstances, and resources on age-appropriate counseling for children of all ages about grief and loss.
COMPANIONSHIP THROUGH GRIEF AND HEALING
The loss of a loved one may be one of the most difficult times in your life. In the aftermath of a loss, there is often nothing anyone can say or do to take away this hurt or sadness.
Our Hospice Bereavement Program is a free service available to surviving family/friends over a period of thirteen months following the death of a loved one. Our program offers supportive care throughout the journey of grief towards healing which, based on need, may include supportive mailings, telephone calls/check-ins, or individualized grief counseling. These services are available to the community, based upon need and availability. We also provide resources on grief and loss and referrals to area support groups and counseling centers. We hold 2 annual memorial services (spring and fall) to honor and remember those who have died on our service. In addition, we host 2 annual community sponsored events: The Celebration of Life Butterfly Release (June) and Tree Lighting Memorial Service (December).
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how we can help you through your difficult time you can reach out to our Bereavement Coordinator, Zac Adams, office number (215) 581-2326 or e-mail Zadams@vnaphilly.org.