October 2018 Edition
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Grief Gets a Spotlight in New Critically Acclaimed Web Series

Sorry For Your Loss ( image: Facebook Watch)

“If your spouse dies it feels like losing $308,780 dollars a year.”


“How do you put a dollar amount on death?”


So begins a thought-provoking web series that unabashedly confronts the aftermath of losing a loved one. A world where places, people and even their kind words meant to provide comfort are sharp, brutal reminders of what we’ve lost.


Though hospice professionals are familiar with guiding families through their most difficult moments, grief isn’t a topic commonly discussed in mainstream entertainment. 


“Sorry for Your Loss” pulls the intricate layers of bereavement back in a way that’s uniquely tender and relentless.  Each sensitive, coarse, unforgiving layer is examined and lures viewers into exploring their own struggles through the many engaging performances. It uniquely explores how the loss of one man expands beyond his widow, Leigh to his friends and family.  


There is no group hug or magical antidote that wraps each episode up in a bow. Relationships are tested, tears are shed, and a quiet sense of emptiness is ever present in Elizabeth Olsen’s intriguing portrayal of Leigh.  


We first meet the main character Leigh Shaw, 3 months after the loss of her husband. She’s confronted with the insurmountable task of entering her apartment since before his memorial service.


She simply can’t do it. 

Elizabeth Olsen as Leigh Shaw (Facebook)

Loss can contort every aspect of our lives. This series wades right into that ugliness, takes the audience into the depths of that anguish and allows the tears shed through common experience to cleanse some wounds.


Hospice chaplains and counselors are familiar with helping people navigate the tough intersection of saying goodbye and forging a path forward with grief as a permanent companion.

Those who work in hospice face an interesting predicament. We offer support to the aggrieved yet face significant challenges in bringing more people into the fold to help them prepare. “Sorry for Your Loss” provides a rare opening to reach people in need of our knowledge. The web series is providing their audience with an outlet to openly discuss personal struggles with grief. 

Other shows recently are exploring grief like ABC's new show A Million Little Things. This Is Us on NBC has also brought attention to hospice care in past seasons through the relationship of the character Randall and his estranged father.

We want to meet people where they are as reflected in the launch of our consumer website

In continuance of those efforts, FHPCA will review and discuss the show on our Facebook page. Join us

What happens when you survive the end of the world? Or at least the world you knew?


Stars of "Sorry For Your Loss" at TIFF (image: Facebook)

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\Words by: Nicole Robinson FHPCA Media Relations Specialist


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The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is pleased to announce its partnership with Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), to engage in a mutual collaboration addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with possible policy changes that would “carve-in” hospice under the Medicare Advantage (MA) program.

Congressional Palliative Care Task Force—Launch of Bipartisan Congressional Task Force Championing Palliative Care Praised by the Nation’s Leading Hospice Organization
Lori Bishop, Vice President of Palliative & Advanced Care for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, participated in the first-ever meeting of the Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus’ Palliative Care Task Force. Hosted on September 14, the bipartisan task force was launched by Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Congressman Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) and inspired by their personal experiences providing long-term care to loved ones. 

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) have announced a partnership to improve patient care by integrating the disciplines of population health and palliative care.
“CAPC and AHA share the goal of helping US health systems improve the quality of life and reduce the suffering of patients and families we serve. We can do this by improving care for patients with serious illness – across all care settings,” says Diane E. Meier, MD, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care. 

Centric Home Health & Hospice Advances Care Coordination with Backline, DrFirst’s Secure Communication Platform
Rockville, MD—DrFirst, a nationally ranked provider of medication management and secure communications solutions, today announced that Centric Home Health & Hospice has successfully implemented Backline, DrFirst’s secure messaging application that supports HIPAA and Joint Commission compliance for secure texting. 

Home Health, Hospice Admissions Rise as Americans Age into Medicare at Historic Pace
Americans are aging into the Medicare system faster than ever, contributing to the continued rise of home health and hospice admissions in 2018. Increased admissions come despite the fact hospitals are still discharging more of their patients to skilled nursing facilities or home without any post-acute care services. 

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