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Individual and group bereavement and grief support is offered without cost to anyone living in the Hospice of the Plains service area who has suffered a loss due to a death.
Multiple testimonials provided by those who have attended the grief support groups:
"To Fellow Grievers,
To say this class has changed my life would be an understatement. I went from thinking I was crazy to knowing I would life. Deb and Terry are the most loving open honest compassionate people I have ever met. They have changed my life forever. Thank you for providing this service to our community." Name withheld
"This class has been very helpful and everyone was so patient and understanding. Everyone here is experiencing and feeling the same way. We are a family helping each other through the most difficult time in our lives. The book makes you realize that you are not crazy or have lost it, but teaches you that you are a normal person who is grieving the loss of someone very close to you.
As a member of this very group, I have been able to talk, cry, laugh and be angry, and we all have been through these emotions at some point. We each feel the pain both emotionally and physically and we each understand those feelings where others do not understand.
It is good to be able to say what is on your mind and everyone knows how you are really feeling. Open up your heart and let each of the members help you through these times. The group is here to be a supporter and assist you with your feelings.
Each of us grieves differently and for different time periods. The groups has always been there to help me understand why I am feeling the way I am.
Attend each week and you will become close to each other and know the way each member feels and you become close like a family. When you need to talk, call and there is someone there to help you out. It has been very helpful for me and I feel you will gain a lot from this class." Kim Redden
Care for those who have no health insurance and whose income is beneath the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
100% of donations are used for patient and bereavement services.
Advance Care Planning and community resource delineation will be provided throughout the six northeastern Colorado Counties served by Hospice of the Plains. Educational programs will also include caring for the caregiver and grief support availability.
As the only provider of grief services established in all six counties, Hospice of the Plains hosts grief groups for community members without charge. We have provided educational programs regarding Palliative Care, Psychosocial Needs of the Dying, Approaches to Pain and Symptom Management as well as other topics to area providers and professionals to enhance their understanding of the nuances of hospice.
A reportable increase in the number of individuals who have completed an Advance Directive will be monitored through self-report from presentation attendees. Newspaper articles and newsletters will also encourage individuals to attend the presentations and notify Hospice of the Plains if an Advance Directive has been completed as a result of the education provided.
Hospice hopes to achieve an increased access to care, completion of Advance Directives (ADs), safety-net programs within communities and increased suicide prevention, which these programs will augment.
Surveys will be utilized to track the numbers of individuals completing ADs. The information will provide Hospice of the Plains greater insight into programs that can be developed to address the continued challenges such as access to care, mental health support, transportation and potential for suicide for those living in frontier Colorado. Having professionals and volunteers who live throughout this 10,000 sq. mile service area positions Hospice of the Plains as a viable resource to affect necessary change.