Oswego County Hospice offers a consistent and continuing grief and bereavement support to families, friends and staff while a patient is under our care and for up to 13 months following a death. Even after that time, we are always available to listen and help you work through your grief.
Oswego County Hospice grief and bereavement services include:
- Home visits from bereavement specialists, and volunteers
- Bereavement telephone support
- Bereavement mailings that consist of educational materials to assist in the grief process
- Annual memorial service usually held in October that honors the memory of patients in the hospice program in the past year, as well as community members
- Remembrance Tree Lighting usually held in December as a way to make new traditions for the holidays
- Camp Rainbow of Hope
- Community resource referrals to grief therapists, community support groups, etc.
Symptoms of Normal Grief
- Feelings include sadness, exhaustion, numbness, helplessness, loneliness, disorganization, preoccupation with the lost object or person, anxiety, and depression.
- Thought patterns include fear, guilt, denial, ambivalence, anger
- Physical sensations include nausea, vomiting, anorexia, weight loss or gain, constipation or diarrhea, diminished hearing or sight, chest pain, shortness of breath, tachycardia
- Behaviors include crying, difficulty carrying out activities of daily living and insomnia
Complications of Bereavement
- Chronic Grief – symptoms of grief occur beyond the expected time frame and the severity of symptoms is greater; depression may result
- Delayed Grief – when symptoms of grief are not expressed and are suppressed, a delayed reaction of grief occurs, the nurse should discuss the normal process of grieving with the client and give permission to express these symptoms