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Grief in a time of pandemic

as featured in Healthy Kansas City March/April 2021

Grief is one of our most fundamental emotions. From the first moments of life, we cry to feel better and to release emotion. We come together in families and in the community to comfort each other in our grief. The closeness of friends and families is a comfort in our times of sorrow.

Early in the pandemic, it was clear that traditional gatherings for remembrance were becoming untenable. Memorial service gatherings could spread the virus quickly. Families struggled to help their loved ones and themselves grieve, kept apart from the family gatherings, services, and human touch that helped them survive their dark hours. It was going to take more than just Zoom funerals to help people heal.

Kansas City Hospice already had a very robust set of grief programs. But, it became clear that the methods of interaction and delivery would need to change drastically to not only keep grief support specialists, volunteers, and families safe, but to ensure meaningful care and support for those facing the additional complexities of sudden loss and grief while physically isolating from one another.

Keep reading at HealthyKCMag.com to learn how Kansas City Hospice staff, Solace House, Grief Support Services, chaplains, volunteers, KC Web Specialists and more came together to help families in Kansas City.

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The mission of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is to bring expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and hope to people who are affected by life-limiting illness or by grief. Our vision is that each person in our community is valued from life through death and each family is supported in their grief.

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There's a long list of hospices in Kansas City, but there's only one Kansas City Hospice. Our programs provide comprehensive expert care for all ages at all stages of serious illness.

Hospice Care

When the focus shifts to comfort instead of treatment, care comes to your home or nursing facility with a plan tailored to your needs, including emotional and spiritual support for the whole family.

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Hospice Care

Palliative Home Health Care

When complex needs benefit from a team approach, supportive home care brings the care you need, with 24/7 nurse support for pain, stress and symptoms due to serious illness.

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Palliative Home Health Care

Advanced Illness Support

Beginning as early as diagnosis and at any stage of serious illness, our nurse practitioners make home visits as needed to help coordinate your care and provide expert pain and symptom management.

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Advanced Illness Support
Hospice House

Hospice House

When symptoms cannot be easily managed at home, two hospice houses provide 24/7 expert care in comfortable home-line settings where family members can be relieved of caregiving duties to focus on loved ones.

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Carousel Pediatric Care

Carousel provides palliative and hospice care for perinatal and for babies through young adults with a dedicated team of pediatric nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists.

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Carousel Pediatric Care
Solace House

Solace House

Our center for grief and healing supports individuals and families who have been impacted by the death of a loved one, whether anticipated, or sudden and unexpected. We provide opportunities to share, listen, learn and heal with peer group support from age 3 through adult.

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