Monthly Newsletter

September, 2017
 ------ Volume 17, Issue 8 ------
Colleague to Colleague
Jim Monahan, MEd, ACHE
This month, HFA talks with Jim Monahan, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Community Hospice & Palliative Care in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Monahan, joined by Ana Sanchez, MD will be a presenter on HFA’s upcoming webinar, Hospice 2017 and Beyond: A Changing Landscape on Tuesday, September 26th. Register here.
Focus On
Building Resilience After Loss
When Susan’s husband David died, she was devastated. So, her brother was surprised to hear Susan sound upbeat just a few weeks later, exclaiming how proud she was to have dealt with a major car repair, a task that David would always have done. How, her brother wondered, could Susan seem so optimistic after such a devastating loss? Kenneth Doka, PhD, MDiv, discusses issues of resilience and loss in an article recently published in the Huffington Post.
HFA Resources
Facing Sudden Loss
The sudden, unexpected loss of a loved one or friend can be an especially difficult experience. Loss in itself is painful, but sudden loss that gives no chance to prepare can feel both painful and intensely shocking. These online articles, available in English and Spanish, provide some excellent suggestions for coping during this challenging time.
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HFA Booklets
HFA has developed some helpful new booklets to support your community. Click on the product titles to learn more and order.
The bereaved often find themselves returning to work shortly after a loss due to employment policies and/or income needs. This booklet addresses the trepidation that many grievers feel on their first day back in the workplace, the potential insensitivity of well-meaning or unknowing colleagues, and provides other tips to help workers make the often uncomfortable transition back to work more bearable.
This tri-fold gives helpful tips for providing support and is useful for those unfamiliar with or uncomfortable around serious and advanced illness.
This useful booklet draws on articles from Journeys – A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement to provide support, validation and guidance while navigating the grief journey, addressing grief in the immediate aftermath of a death, and grief during the holidays and anniversaries.
This booklet dispels the all-too-common myths surrounding hospice as well as the hospice philosophy of care, hospice care in a nursing home, how to access hospice care, and how and when to talk to a physician about receiving hospice care.
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A recent story in Kaiser Health News had some excellent information about the benefits of hospice care, especially when that care is started sooner than “brink of death” care.
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CBS news recently spoke with Dr. Atul Gawande, author of “Being Mortal,” about the importance of conversations around end-of-life care. HFA’s "Being Mortal" project, funded by the John and Wauna Harman Foundation, reached over 60,000 people across the U.S.
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