Transition and Grief Program 

The Transition and Grief support team assists hospice patients, hospice patients' families, long term care/assisted living facilities, as well as the general community in these ways:

Patients

  • Emotional support and comfort offered by Bereavement Coordinator and bereavement volunteers.
  • Advocates with patient for last moments to be honored with beauty and dignity.
  • Offers literature concerning physical, emotional, and spiritual concerns.

Families and Caregivers

  • Emotional support and education given at the tie of patient's admission to hospice. Accompany them as they experience anticipatory grief.
  • Grief support immediately offered following patient's death. Family receives visits, phone calls, cards, letters, and appropriate community resources.

Long Term Care/Assisted Living Facilities

  • One-on-One grief support for staff after loss of resident or fellow staff member.
  • In-service that focuses on "The Basics of Grief". The purpose of the session is twofold: 1. to equip staff to cope with their own grief professionally and privately. This may support less staff turnover and 2. to give staff tools as they comfort patients and their patients' families with their grief. Most staff want to help, but are unsure how.

Community

  • Annual Summer Community Memorial "Remembrance by the River" is an opportunity for families and caregivers to gather by the waterfront in downtown OKC on a summer morning and scatter flowers as a tribute to a loved one.
  • "Journey Through Grief" is a grief support group designed to educate and give the bereaved the space they may need to share their story and emotions.
  • Annual Winter Memorial is a beautiful evening for our staff along with the bereaved families we've served to share dinner, music and a ceremony as we place engraved with loved one's name on a tree. The event is open to the community as well with RSVP required.