Bereavement coordinators serve as both physical and spiritual guides for the terminally-ill and their loved ones. They are usually employed full-time by health care organizations and are specialized therapists who guide individuals through the healthy stages of grieving. They typically dedicates themselves to these loved ones in providing service arrangements, counseling, and other forms of assistance.
Bereavement coordinators in a hospice/home care setting also facilitate ongoing follow-up counseling for both groups and individuals and must document their assessments in a timely manner. Some may help establish in-service education, hospice personnel meetings, and connections to referral services for families, and non-medical personal assistance is also expected in this position.
Bereavement coordinators should function independently in maintaining records of all expired patients and maintain contact with family members. A bachelor's or master's degree in psychology, social work, or a medical field is generally required for this position, and strong verbal and written communication skills and a high degree of empathy are also important. Precise coordination of delivery for grief counseling needs and services is necessary in this position, so other requirements may relate to home health care, social work, and other forms of patient care.
Bereavement Coordinator, Hospice/ Home Care Tasks
Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs.
Refer family to community resources to assist in recovery from loss and to provide access to services such as financial assistance, legal aid, or housing.
Utilize consultation data and social work experience to plan and coordinate client care.
Organize support groups or counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting the client or patient.
Provide support to families of terminally ill patients by organizing bereavement services.