The Importance of Bereavement Counseling in Hospice Care
By Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia
When most people think about hospice care, they think of terminally ill patients receiving care during the last months of their lives. But what most people forget is that hospice care also provides essential support for the families of those patients.
Losing a loved one is usually the most tragic and painful experience in a person’s life, and that’s why at Alliance Hospice we provide grieving and bereavement counseling to the families of our terminally ill patients.
Just as it is for hospice patients, emotional support, compassion and understanding is extremely important for their families. Alliance Hospice offers experienced grief specialists who provide families with opportunities to heal and regain their normal lives after the death of a loved one.
People have different views about life and death and everyone experiences grief differently. For some, the grief period lasts for several months or a year, while others may never fully recover from their loss without proper support.
Our trained bereavement counselors engage with hospice patients and their families both during group meetings and one-on-one conversations to provide support and emotional comfort when it’s needed the most.
If you would like to consult with an Alliance Hospice expert, our staff is always available to help.
About the Author
A resident of Philadelphia, Bruce Dalglish has served as the Chairman and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice since 2005. In this role, Bruce Dalglish oversees the development and strategic direction of both companies. From 2008 – 2013, Bruce Dalglish served on the Public Policy Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
Disclaimer: Alliance Hospice blogs provide education information, not medical advice. Please consult with your medical providers when making end-of-life care decisions.