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Reaching Your Community


Research shows that while many people know a little about hospice and bereavement, few are truly well-informed. And if you work in hospice, you know that misconceptions persist. Hospice Foundation of America's free and low-cost materials are an excellent way to reach out to the community as the anchor for an event or with supplemental information to educate and raise awareness.

HFA's award-winning programs have helped hospices, hospitals, nursing homes, funeral providers, employers, school and community groups easily and inexpensively present valuable information about hospice care, grief, volunteering, end of life decision-making and more. HFA can help you debunk myths, encourage conversation, and establish your expertise as a community resource by using professionally-produced, broadcast quality DVDs, streaming video, and even a trilogy of plays that you produce yourself!

If you have an event coming up and would like to know more about HFA resources that may be useful to you, contact us
 
DVDs and Online Programs
Hospice Foundation of America's DVD's and online streaming video programs bring together top experts in the field of hospice care and bereavement on a variety of subjects, including:

Hospice: Something More
Underwritten by the John and Wauna Harman Foundation, this hour-long program tells the stories of people whose lives have been affected by hospice care. Hospice patients, their families and their caregivers tell of their experience and their decisions to use hospice care. Expert clinicians provide additional commentary and analysis. Available on DVD and streaming video. No charge.
 
Time....to Help Others
This informative program takes a look at hospice volunteering and what it's like to be a hospice volunteer. A great introduction to the philosophy of hospice care from actual volunteers who talk about what they do. Available on DVD and streaming video. Runs 16 minutes. No charge. 

Comprendiendo el Duelo (Understanding Grief)
Narrated by a native Spanish speaker in and former television anchor, Maria Villalobis, this Spanish-language video explains facts about grief and grieving, and what to expect -- what's normal and what's not. Reactions to grief and where and how to find strength are explored. Avaiilable on DVD and streaming video. Runs 20 minutes. No charge

Reaching Underserved Populations
What are the barriers to reaching diverse populations that are not using hospice? This video explores access to hospice, using examples of language, culture, and location of services, and what to consider when trying to reach populations who have not traditionally used hospice. A great resource for hospice boards who are wanting to understand how to make a greater impact on the communities their hospice serves. Available on DVD and streaming video. Runs 11 minutes. No charge.

Loving Life, Understanding Hospice
This video is in Mandarin Chinese. It explains hospice care in the cultural context of the Chinese-American population. For hospices that serve patients and families of Chinese heritage and language, this DVD is a valuable resource. Runs 46 minutes. No charge

Aging and End-of-Life Challenges in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community
This webinar with printable slides is a useful tool that can be used to make staff aware of the problems that the LGBT community faces when it comes to end-of-life care and how to ensure that those problems do not exist in the hospice environment. Runs 24 minutes. Streaming audio.  No charge

Living with Grief® videos
HFA's signature educational series is intended primarily for a professional audience, but these award-winning programs also can be used effectively for professional and community outreach and education on a variety of topics related to hospice care and grief. Each program runs approximately 2.5 hours. Available on DVD or streaming video. Prices vary.
 
Publications
Journeys is a monthly 4-page newsletter available by subscription. It is written by bereavement experts and is designed to offer support and practical advice to people coping with loss. HFA prints and ships Journeys to individual subscribers and offers bulk subscriptions to hospices and other providers who distribute the newsletter as part of their community bereavement support.

Journeys special issues are available as separate purchases and include: Anniversary of a Death; Newly Bereaved; Winter Holidays (including Christmas and Hannukah) and Spring Holidays. Each special issue of Journeys is six pages and is available only in multiples of 25. The Journeys special issues are useful hand-outs for events or mailings to remind families that you are there for them.
 
Theater as outreach
HFA can provide you with a trilogy of plays written expressly to help start the conversation about end-of-life choices. Hospice organizations have used them at professional conferences, meetings and in the community.

Click here for more detailed information on the plays' content or contact us for more information.

Trilogy Information Sheet (PDF)
 
Continuing Education
HFA offers a wide range of learning opportunities, from webinars to video programs, for continuing professional education. Programs can be viewed by individuals at home or at work, or in a group event setting. There's never any limit to the size of your audience with an organizational registration - learn with a small group or a packed auditorium. You can't beat the convenience - or the cost! There are no associated travel expenses, there is no time away from the office, and there are no speaker's fees to pay.