Surviving the loss of a loved one

By Nancy L. Jackson

“After 30-plus years together, I was staring at a huge black hole the day after Robbie passed away and then the phone rang and Jolene Senek, Bereavement Coordinator for Home Hospice, asked, ‘How are you?’ and I cried. She asked, ‘Can I help? Can I come over?’ I don’t remember what I said but then she was there on the couch by me and we just talked. At first we talked every week, then every two weeks, and then monthly. Those talks helped every time to make the black hole smaller and more light appear,” shares Becky LaSalle, a Cooke County resident regarding her bereavement experience with Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties.

“When I called Home Hospice, I had no idea what services were available, that there was someone to help with grief. Hospice is not just for dying loved ones, it’s also to offer care and help as you go through that hard time after your loss. When you talk with someone who shows compassion and understanding, who offers healing suggestions and support, you can’t measure what Home Hospice gave me before or after. It was priceless,” says Becky.

Many believe that hospice services are only for the patient. At Home Hospice, we believe in supporting the family and the caregiver as part of our service. Our Bereavement Program has dedicated staff that work with you in your grief process. Whether in the first few days, weeks, or months of a loss, our team offers many ways to support you. We help you find your strength through work with our grief counselors or in the interaction of others who are experiencing the same emotions at one of our workshops.

As the only non-profit hospice serving Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties, Home Hospice has been serving our community for over 30 years. We value those who live here. They are our neighbors, our friends and family. With 24/7 on-call services and local staff, we are here to serve you and your family whenever you need us. Home Hospice…we are only a phone call away.