Monthly Newsletter

October, 2017
 ------ Volume 17, Issue 9 ------
Colleague to Colleague
Dale Larson, PhD
This month, HFA talks with Dale Larson, Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. Dr. Larson, along with Dr. Kenneth Doka, will be a presenter on HFA’s upcoming webinar, Jealousy, Guilt and Shame in Bereavement on Tuesday, October 17. Register here.
Focus On
Hospice as Community Support after Tragedy
Wildfires, hurricanes, tragic shootings, the opioid crisis and rising suicide rates dominate today’s headlines. Hospice professionals, particularly bereavement professionals, social workers, counselors, and chaplains, are getting involved by stepping outside of their traditional hospice roles to provide important support to their communities struggling to cope with the grief in the aftermath of loss.
Patti Anewalt, PhD, LPC, FT, Director of Pathways Center for Grief & Loss, Hospice & Community Care, is a disaster mental health volunteer for the American Red Cross, and she encourages any licensed mental health counselor to contact their local American Red Cross to learn more about how they can help given the large number of recent tragedies affecting U.S. communities today.
“The needs are far surpassing the resources this fall, and there are even options for virtual support in addition to on-site support,” Dr. Anewalt says. 
Here are just two noteworthy examples of how hospices are assisting their communities at large:
After the mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month, Nathan Adelson Hospice responded quickly. Its Chief Operating Officer Karen Rubel was interviewed by a local television station, announcing that the hospice would be offering grief and bereavement support to anyone who needed it. “We offered our first Community Grief Support Group last week and have decided to keep it as a weekly group for now, as we learned that the attendees found it helpful,” said Nora Luna, M.Ed. Director of Diversity & Grant Funding at Nathan Adelson. The hospice also filled a need by providing bilingual interpreters to the Red Cross. Luna said that the Red Cross had put out a local request for Spanish/English interpreters for the Family Assistance Center, where it was helping the victims and their families with everything from travel and lodging to interviews with the FBI. Luna reported this week, “We put a call out to our partners and were able to get 10 interpreters out the same day. They are covering all the shifts the rest of the week and plan to be there as long as the family assistance center is there.” 
Hawaii’s Hospice Maui in late September announced it would offer a special grief support group for suicide survivors. The hospice requires participants of this bereavement group to attend six sessions and asks that they participate no sooner than 3 months post suicide.
Dr. Anewalt offers this helpful resource about how to respond to children’s needs in the aftermath of traumatic experience and sudden loss.
HFA Resources
Using Theater to Reach Your Community
Three plays by award-winning playwright Bryan Harnetiaux provide a rich opportunity for self-examination and community dialogue on fundamental questions surrounding death and dying. Each play can be used individually or in any combination by hospices, churches, medical schools and other organizations as an educational tool and as a vehicle for creating public dialogue about end-of-life issues.

Join Hospice of Frederick County for a live-streaming production of Harnetiaux’s play “Dusk” on November 2nd.
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Recent research shows that most hospice patients are getting hospice care far too late in the course of their illness. Because of that, they can’t take full advantage of the comfort care that hospice can provide.
Did you know Sesame Street has an information page for helping children who have experienced traumatic events? This page has helpful videos and activities for providers and families.
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