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Commentary by Laura Miller

I am a bereavement counselor for Premier Hospice and Palliative Care in Carmel, and I would like to take a minute of your time to briefly discuss hospice services and our bereavement program.

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Those of us who work in hospice consider our vocation to be affirmation of life. We consider it to be an invaluable service to our patients, their caregivers and their families. We believe in supporting our patient’s agency and dignity, and we strive to create an environment conducive to a peaceful end of their journey. We offer services that span across disciplines: Medical, social work, chaplaincy and bereavement, all of which are supported by administrative professionals. We focus our energies on caring for our patients and their families during what is often the most difficult and intense time of their lives.

Care extends to our patients’ families after they pass through our Bereavement Program. For 13 months, we strive to tailor services to our bereaved to meet them where they are in the grief journey. We believe that no one should go through the often difficult and painful process alone, and that includes you. I want to let you know, dear reader, that hospice bereavement services are here for you as well. Hospice bereavement programs are a community resource, a place that anyone can reach out to for support after loss.

I would like to invite you to a four-week Grief Support Series offered by Premier Hospice and Palliative care. We will support one another through conversation, education and activities that aim to open a space of community and sharing. It is a safe place for you to come and express yourself and be heard.

The free series will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdsays July 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Traditions of Solana, 7721 Battery Pointe Way in Indianapolis. Do not hesitate to contact me at 317-844-8700 if you have any questions or would like to RSVP.

Laura Miller is a Carmel resident and bereavement counselor for Premier Hospice and Palliative Care.

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