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  • Bereavement Support Program

    Hi Everyone,

    The pain associated with the loss of a loved-one is normal and natural. Although grief is a universal experience, everyone has his or her own unique way of coping. The many and varied feelings can sometimes seem overwhelming and impair an individual’s ability to function at home and work. Physical ailments may also appear or become exacerbated.

    Hospice of New York’s Bereavement support can help someone explore his or her own personal strengths which are needed for better coping and for coming to a sense of resolution. Our bereavement support groups and biannual memorial services are free of charge to anyone in the community who has experienced loss. For further information or to register for a group please call the Bereavement Department 718-472-1999.

    Walter (walter.fendrich@hospiceny.com)

  • Hospice Articles

    An article in New America Media highlights the ways in which Hispanics are overcoming barriers to the end-of-life care that their elders need. Still, according to NHPCO, fewer than 10% of Latinos use hospice services. (New America Media, 10/29, Article Link)

    A part of effective palliative and end-of-life care is being sensitive to the needs of a variety of cultural groups. With so many widely varying conceptions about death and dying, holistic end-of-life care must take these into account. Periyakoil describes her experience of learning that many in the Chinese Buddhist community she serves “believe that the soul lingers in the body for some time after death. So they do not touch the body nor vocally express grief as this might disrupt the passage of the dying person’s soul.” Acting with this knowledge, she is able to deliver better care to families experiencing the loss of a loved one. (New America Media, 4/3, Article Link)

    “Don’t be afraid to touch death,” writes Judith Johnson for The Huffington Post. “The centerpiece of the American culture of death is a taboo that inhibits our ability to encounter the territory of dying, death and bereavement with wisdom, competency and discernment.” (The Huffington Post, 11/1, Article Link)

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