The Hospice & Palliative Education Program was created to provide information on what to look for when selecting a hospice or palliative care provider. Over the years we have increased the scope of this program to include education for parents and children dealing with grief, as well health care professionals and educators working with grieving children and their parents/guardians. We remain committed to offering resources that address the educational needs of individuals, families and professionals dealing with end of life issues.
We currently have a grant from the CSX Corporation that allows us to distribute the Caring for Our Veterans booklet from Quality of Life Publishing. This resource is provided free of charge for individuals and/or professionals working with Veterans at end-of-life and includes education on the unique care needs of this population and navigating VA benefits.
In addition we provide free grief resources for children, teens and their families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. These materials (subject to availability) are offered at no cost thanks in part to a generous grant from the New York Life Foundation. (subject to availability)
About the Resources:
Veterans and Military Families:
Caring for Our Veterans explains the special needs of seriously ill veterans and helps military families understand and navigate the VA’s benefits. Provides practical “What You Can Do” bullet points and a comprehensive “About the Veteran Worksheet” that can be used to collect information needed to apply for benefits and to guide the vet’s care plan.
Elementary School Aged Bereavement Resource:
When Someone Dies: A Child-Caregiver Activity Book is an activity book for children that also provides valuable information to parents and caregivers about how grief impacts children. Contained within the pages of the book are activities for children designed to help them better express, understand, and cope with their grief. Each page also offers guidance about how adults can connect with their child on the very difficult subjects of death, dying, and bereavement.
Middle School/High School Aged Bereavement Resource:
When Teens are Grieving is based on the award-winning book, Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve, this unique booklet shares teen author Jenny Wheeler’s grief story and validates for teens that they have the right to grieve in their own ways. Professional insights are provided throughout by therapists specializing in grief support.
Parenting While Grieving: As a parent, you don’t have the luxury of worrying only about yourself and your emotional well-being. It is your job, in good times and bad, to attend to the needs of your child as well as your own. Putting your child’s needs first is a no-brainer, so when something bad happens, it feels natural to put your own on the back burner. The purpose of this 20-page booklet is to help parents who are dealing with their own grief balance their needs with the needs of the children in their care.
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Another aspect of the Hospice & Palliative Education program is providing resources to youth and adults in the community who have experienced the loss of a loved one. If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one and would like additional resources, support groups, reading materials, please view the document below for a complete list of resources available to you.