. . . a New York
State Certified Hospice, providing an individualized
plan of care for terminally ill patients,
their families and loved ones. Our Hospice
team of skilled professionals and volunteers
offers pain and symptom control in a familiar
and loving environment at home, with social,
emotional, and spiritual support for all
care givers throughout the difficult time
of illness and loss. Bereavement care for
our patient families is an essential part
of East End Hospice.
. . . are offered
to all who live on Long Island's East End -
for the families of Hospice patients as well
as for members of the larger East End community.
||In furtherance of the Hospice
mission there are no fees, and donations
are voluntary, to cover the costs of
refreshments and supplies.
||Bereavement services may
include weekly group counseling sessions
or individual sessions where needed.
||Special groups are available
- for children, for men, for the families
and loved ones of AIDS patients.
||Children who have experienced
a loss are welcome at Camp
||Training in grief and bereavement
therapy is available to counselors, educators,
therapists, and other health care professionals.
||Bereavement care programs
are offered to church groups, schools,
and civic organizations.
. . . are certified social workers, nurse
practitioners, and psychotherapists, extensively
trained in grief therapy.
||Our staff are skilled and
caring people who can help you cope with
||When you call, you will
talk with a social worker or therapist,
and make an appointment to meet to discuss
what is best for you.
||Our staff will encourage
you to talk of your feelings in a safe,
comforting environment among others who
share your sense of loss.
The days and weeks leading up to
a death are a truly difficult time, as are
those that follow.
||You may have many differing
feelings - a sense of disorganization,
difficulty in concentrating, or in sleeping
and eating well.
||You may at first feel isolated
in your sadness. Gathering with others,
in our groups, will help you past that
||Our counseling groups
will allow you to speak of your feelings
comfortably. Groups meet each week,
one and a half hours for twelve weeks,
at convenient places in several North
Fork, Westhampton, and East Hampton
||Support Groups gather monthly
after that, and you are invited whenever
you would like to come, for as long as
"Our bereavement groups," notes
EEH Bereavement Coordinator Sarah Zimmerman, "have
been expanded to meet the needs of both men
and children in the larger East End community.
And they are being very gratefully received
"Children learn of the groups
through guidance counselors or friends, or
they may already be Hospice kids known to our
staff as Hospice patient family members. The
children meet after classes at their own schools
- a familiar place with the late bus convenient
for the trip home. They may begin with anxious
feelings after the death of a parent or sibling,
a friend or relative. But after eight one-hour
sessions they're oftentimes open and trusting,
participating with their hearts," Sarah
observes. One group has even given itself a
name, and made plans for a reunion.
Also offered, thanks to the efforts
of social worker and Hospice volunteer Sherwood
Carter, is a bereavement group for men. Through
brochures sent to men's groups, public service
announcements, and word of mouth invitation,
EEH has urged members of the community to join
Hospice patient family members meeting twelve
times weekly at our Westhampton office.
Recently added, in response to
a true need, Sarah notes, is the first EEH
bereavement group held for a senior center
- this one in Mattituck, by invitation of the
Southold Department of Human Services and including
both Hospice patient family members and community
members who meet at the center.
The bereavement groups are facilitated
by Sarah Zimmerman, with EEH President Priscilla
Ruffin and the EEH social workers - and invaluable
assistance from bereavement volunteers. East
End families and friends seeking details of
any of our bereavement group programs are welcome
to call Bereavement Coordinator Sarah Zimmerman,
288-8400, at any time.
you to call upon East End Hospice to ask
about our bereavement care services,
and we will welcome you warmly when we meet.