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Hospice & Bereavement

NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement's compassionate team of professionals cared for 188 patients facing life-limiting illnesses in 2016, offering comfort and emphasizing care rather than cure.

Care extended to the emotional needs of families and friends of the dying patient.

Hospice provided 8,570 days of care to its patients in 2016, compared to 6,320 in 2015, representing an increase of 2,250 days of care, or 35.6 percent. The average length of care was 45.6 days in 2016 up from 40.8 in 2015.

Following the death of a NorthBay Hospice patient, care continues for the family. For 12 months, bereavement assistance is provided through “check-in” phone calls and supportive mailings, as well as through participation in NorthBay Bereavement's support groups, classes and special events.

NorthBay Bereavement increased the number of contacts it made in 2016 to 3,546. Of these, 2,102 were for hospice patients or hospice bereaved; 1,214 were for bereavement support attendance in groups and classes; and 30 contacts were made through outreach.

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NorthBay Bereavement provides grief support for the community through several programs, such as a widow's support group, a veteran's support group and a “Loss Due to Suicide” support group. Strong participation also continued for the eight-week support class for adults, “Journey through Grief,” as well as for the drop-in holiday support groups typically held in November and December. A Compassionate Care Knitters group met throughout 2016. Two new classes – “Voicing Grief through Writing” and “De-stressing from Grief” served nearly 70 participants.

NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement continued to work with the National Hospice and Palliative Care organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs to earn the second and third stars in the four-star “We Honor Veterans” program. The program supports veterans and their families at end of life. NorthBay Hospice volunteers and veterans also participated in Fairfield's Veterans Day Parade for the second year in a row.

The Annual “Tree of Memories” event in December attracted 200 local residents. It provided attendees with an opportunity to remember their friends and loved ones, and included hanging a remembrance ornament on the holiday tree.

NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement's “Dream of a Lifetime” program, which fulfills end-of-life wishes for terminally ill adults, served four recipients in 2016. The program is possible thanks to the help of generous donors and benefactors.