Are you a
First 52 Hospice?
Hospice offers an amazing gift to their families:
Each hospice determines the type and depth of Bereavement Support offered.
This means that one hospice may offer unlimited grief counseling within the first year of grief and beyond while another will offer a couple phone calls and mailings within that same year; and any level of service in-between is out there.
The Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) requirement is to offer 13 months of support without direction of how that is to be done.
In essence: set the organization policy and follow it.
Before the Journey's Newsletter was available electronically in late 2019... there was the First 52.
The Covid-19 Pandemic has challenged hospices to become more creative with technology. Families are more comfortable with reading emails and being online than ever.
How did you do as a hospice to meet your families where they are?
The First 52 was created in 2018-2019 to remove barriers to grief support and meet the needs of all sorts of families...
- grievers that are homebound
- distant support for families that live in a different state or in another country
- bereaved that travel for work or do shift work
- grievers that are caregiving for another family member
The First 52 is a contemporary support tool for today's families.
The First 52 is the closest to a step by step guide to the first year of grief that I've seen. The First 52 provides useful information and tools to help your families now. I share my experiences from a personal and professional perspective...
These tools follow the trajectory from grief research and literature through a grievers first year of bereavement to help folks understand their OWN grief, proven by my work with own clients, since 2009. Your hospice doesn't have to try to figure it out all on your own.
I have had my own personal experience with grief. Sudden death due to asthma, suicide, death due to cancer, loss after long term illness and unexpected accidental death. I know each of my relationships were unique and each grief was equally different.
I decided to make a necessary and rewarding change to counseling and art therapy after caregiving for my own mother-in-law. So, Art Therapy and Counseling are a second career for me that began In 2009. I am licenced for counseling in both Illinois and Indiana and nationally certified as a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist. I have presented throughout Illinois and have traveled in the US to present regarding art therapy, grief, and coping. Learn more about my experience and professional memberships.
Just like other Bereavement Professionals, I am frequently asked "How do I get through this?"
The tough answer is that it's moment to moment some days and it's certainly acknowledging and getting to know your grief better.
Life seems uncertain right now for your families. After significant deaths, my life was different. After caregiving, my life was different. Now, in my understanding of my grief, I am still different. I have and will continue to grow and deepen my relationship with my spirit through these experiences. There is hope in living with grief.