family support

Emotional and Spiritual Support

Pursuing a Peaceful End-of-Life Experience
Our goal is for patients to have a peaceful, meaningful end-of-life experience – one in which they have the time and physical capacity to get their affairs in order, have meaningful conversations with friends and loved ones and resolve any unfinished "business" in their lives.

The Hospice of Northwest Ohio counseling team will:

  • Provide individual and family counseling
  • Assist the patient and caregiver with stress management skills
  • Help patients and families understand the feelings they may be having
  • Provide information and link the family to community resources they may need
  • Provide support and education regarding end-of-life issues
  • Meet jointly with patients and families to facilitate meaningful conversation and resolve issues
  • Help family members anticipate grief and bereavement issues
  • Provide special counseling for children who are close to the patient
  • Troubleshoot issues that may be affecting the patient’s quality of life
  • Provide bereavement counseling to family members for one year following the death

At the request of patients, Hospice of Northwest Ohio chaplains will:

  • Offer prayer with patients and family members
  • Answer questions and discuss concerns about spiritual matters
  • Offer help in coping with common feelings such as loneliness, anger and fear
  • Help contact the patient’s own clergy, if desired
  • Facilitate receiving sacraments of the church

 

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Suggested Reading

The Best Care Possible: A Physicians's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life

By Ira Byock, M.D.

Heaven is for Real

By Todd Burpo

Swallowed By a Snake The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing

By Thomas Golden

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"I would like to thank everyone who was a part of my mom's care. She was at home and had hospice care. I know that I wouldn't have been able to keep my mom with me if it wasn't for hospice. Mom lived with me for 20 years with early onset Alzheimer's. And when the end of life part came she was in house and she had such caring nurses, aides and doctor. Our care made the end of her life very peaceful and that meant so much to our family."