The Bereavement Coordinator is responsible to plan, implement, and maintain a bereavement program to meet the needs of families/caregivers from Guardian Angel Home Care/Hospice Division for 13 months following the death of the individual hospice patient.
Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities:
- Coordinates the assessment and delivery of grief counseling needs and services (one-to-one, groups and ongoing follow-up) to ensure timely and appropriate services are provided to family/caregivers.
- Plans for Bereavement Program development, expansion and refinement through annual evaluation of services.
- Provides bereavement support to hospice personnel coping with work related grief through one-to-one counseling, supervision of interns providing one-to-one counseling, and referral to community resources.
- Provides bereavement information and referral services to callers from the community. Expands and maintains community resource list as needed.
- Assists as needed in evaluating and planning services to meet hospice personnel support needs (i.e. yearly retreats, weekly support groups).
- Functions independently, but seeks and accepts guidance from other members of the interdisciplinary group, or from member of the community.
- Participates in hospice activities such as in-service education, hospice personnel meetings, and relevant committees.
- Advances professional knowledge and skills.
- Actively participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities.
- Accepts and performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.
- Bachelor’s degree of equivalent theological degree from college or university. Experience with families/caregivers and patients through death/dying issues-or-Master’s degree in Social work with qualifications of experienced clinical grief counseling.
- Ability to work as a team member.
- Knowledge and commitment to hospice philosophy.
- Demonstrates good verbal and written communication, and organization skills.
- Understanding of grief responses and experience with counseling individuals and/or in groups regarding loss.