What types of emotional and spiritual support can I receive in hospice?

Hospice care can offer emotional and spiritual support for both you and your loved ones. The social worker, chaplain and sometimes other hospice team members provide this support. Social workers, if requested, answer questions and help you and your loved ones talk about how you are feeling and what you are experiencing. Should tensions arise among family members or loved ones, your social worker can also assist in discussing difficult issues.

The hospice chaplain, if requested, works alone or with your own spiritual advisors to answer questions and guide conversations about the meaning of life, death and other spiritual issues you and your loved ones may want to discuss. Both your social worker and chaplain can offer caring companionship and lead discussions about death and dying. They can also help you and your loved ones with grief and bereavement issues.

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