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Having recently sung the praises of Hospice (they were great with my Mom's care), I am puzzled by their lack of follow up. Mom passed at 1am Tuesday morning. I woke my dad and we called Hospice. The nurse came, did her report, destroyed narcotics, and stayed until Mom's body was removed. Then she left. We have heard nothing from Hospice since then. No follow up with my dad, who just lost his wife of sixty years. Fortunately, the caregivers at the ALF have been great about checking in on him.

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Other than the immediate tasks you described -- arrangements for the body to be picked up and destruction of the narcotics, the hospice role after a death is to offer grief counseling. I also got several letters after my husband's death, a few months apart, asking how I was doing and reminding me that counseling was available. So it sounds like your experience is typical.
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I wasn't sure what to expect. In the last couple of weeks the nurse came almost every day- she would talk with my dad and I guess he got used to that support. I am the only surviving child, and there is no other family (other than my children who live out of state).So, we are feeling a bit alone in our grief. I'm already back to work, and don't have time to check in during the week. While the management has said nothing to my dad, the caregivers have rallied around him. So, I am thankful for that. I wish they were paid what they are worth!
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What is it you need done? They do not arrange a funeral, if that is what you are looking for. If Dad needs grief counseling, that would be arranged by the nursing staff at his facility. They offered us bereavement classes, but I did not reply to the letter.
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My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

Regarding Hospice maybe it varies from one Hospice group to another. The one I am using for my Mom helps the family through the bereavement process but usually this happens a month after the passing of a loved one to give the family time to grieve. They will supply grief counseling up to one year.

If Hospice gave you a booklet when you first signed up with them, check to see what they offer for bereavement.
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