Support and Resources for Caregivers and Loved Ones
We understand that the complex needs surrounding a life-limiting illness often extend to family and friends as well. That is why at Beth Israel Lahey Health At Home, we help you and your loved ones navigate the end-of-life experience, alleviate stresses associated with providing care and find support following a loss.
Each member of our Supportive Services team is specifically trained in providing end-of-life care and works to ensure that your hospice services align with your personal goals and beliefs.
Services can include:
- Psychosocial support by a licensed medical social worker
- Pastoral services
- Adult bereavement support groups and workshops
- Support groups and programs for children and young adults
Our support services are provided free of charge to anyone in the community regardless of whether you or your loved one has received care from a Beth Israel Lahey Health At Home service or facility.
Beth Israel Lahey Health At Home licensed medical social workers are available to anyone directly connected with a patient’s care. Our focus is on:
- Helping identify risk factors for isolation and depression and finding ways to mitigate these risks
- Assisting with life concerns beyond an illness
- Helping with end-of-life decisions, including health care proxies and advanced directives
Our chaplains represent and respect all denominations and provide:
- Confidential and respectful emotional and spiritual care for patients and loved ones affected with a terminal illness
- Help with religious rituals, including Sacrament of the Sick, Communion and funeral services
Beth Israel Lahey Health At Home provides bereavement support services for up to 13 months following the death of a loved one; this can include in-person or virtual one-on-one counseling as well as support groups. We also help families and loves ones find resources to assist with ongoing support services.
At Beth Israel Lahey Health At Home, licensed mental health counselors and expressive art therapists help children, teens and young adults navigate, explore and express the feelings that come with losing a loved one. Our support services are offered at no cost to families.
Our distinctive approach to youth bereavement includes Camp Erin Boston, an overnight camp that includes grief education and emotional support for those ages 6 -17 who have experienced the death of a loved one, as well as HEARTplay, an award-winning bereavement program that uses creative arts to help children, teens and young adults cope with a life-limiting illness or death of a loved one.
For more information about Camp Erin or HEARTplay, please email Jennifer Wiles.