Challenging Issues Panel
September 21st, 2019
13:45 — 15:15
THE ROLE OF HPC IN COMMUNITY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: CURRENT REALITIES AND FUTURE NEEDS
Wendy Wainwright, Victoria Hospice (retired)
- Marney Thompson, Victoria Hospice
- Anita Mehta, RN, PhD, CFT, Psychotherapist, Nurse Clinician, Co-Director Psychosocial Oncology Program, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
Hospice Palliative Care programs have traditionally provided grief and bereavement services to support family and friends of the patients they serve. However, in most communities, these programs are also addressing the bereavement needs of their broader community. Often the circumstances of death and the bereavement needs of this broader community are different. For example, people could be bereaved following traumatic or unexpected deaths such as drug overdoses, suicide, homicide and accidents. MAiD has added another layer of complexity for those providing bereavement support. This panel will explore some of the differences in caring for these populations; raising questions about program mandate and capacity and clinical expertise and best practice.
- Inform about the different types of bereavement care provided by hospice palliative care programs and examine the complexities for bereavement care following different types of death.
- Examine the needs for bereavement support for broader communities beyond support provided to friends and families of patients served
- Discuss and evaluate the capacity to provide bereavement care to all populations seeking care following the death of a friend or family member.