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Jul 30, 2021

Bereavement care is part of the care a hospice team provides to the patient’s family. Chaplains are often the ones who provide those bereavement interventions.  Regulations require hospice agencies to follow families (whoever the patient identified as family) for at least 12 months after their loved one dies.  To prepare for bereavement needs, the hospice team will perform both pre-death and post-death bereavement risk assessments.  A Bereavement Plan of Care is created from those risk assessments. Bereavement care takes many forms - phone calls, visits, referrals to community grief resources, letters, cards, printed resources, and the agency memorial services.   A plan of care for a high scoring risk assessment will include additional  interventions customized for the grievers, especially if there are signs of complicated grief.  If you need more information about bereavement care or hospice care and how it works, visit  We’re happy to answer questions and connect with you.  Just send an email to  You’ll get a personal reply from Jerry or Helen. You don’t have to do this hospice journey by yourself.  The Heart of Hospice is here to walk alongside you.  You are The Heart of Hospice.