Hospice treats the whole person, not just the disease, by providing care for the mind, body and spirit. Hospice is not just for the patient. We also provide care and support for the family and loved ones during this critical time of need.
Advanced Directives are written instructions about how you want medical decisions to be made when you can no longer communicate your wishes. Communicating your end-of-life wishes to your loved ones is important in planning for the future and avoiding confusion and stress later on. You can download National and Missouri State Advance Directives below.
The Missouri Bar INFORMATION PACKET Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive
The Missouri Bar FILLABLE Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive
The Missouri Bar Foundation WEBSITE
Caring Connections Missouri Advance Directive
Caring Connections – Have You Made a Plan?
Caring Conversations (Making Your Healthcare Wishes Known) by caringinfo.org
Courageous Conversations (Helping Veterans Leave Their Legacy) by caringinfo.org
Center for Practical Bioethics – Guidance at the Crossroads of Decision
Bereavement is the period of grief and mourning after death. Grieving is normal after loss. You may experience grief as a psychological, physical, social or emotional reaction. Psychological reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness and despair. Physical reactions can include sleeping problems, changes in appetite, physical problems or illness.
Johnson County Hospice provides an organized bereavement program, facilitated by a Bereavement Coordinator, for up to one year after the passing of your loved one. This program may include; calls, letters, individual assessments, evaluation tools, grief education literature and support group information. Sometimes after the funeral, families are expected to “move-on.” However, this takes time and the goal of the bereavement program is to give you the time you need to prepare to go forward. You may decide to decline participation in the bereavement program and Johnson County Hospice will respect your wishes.
Memorial events provide an opportunity to come together with others in the community who have also experienced loss. We offer a variety of events for personal reflection and remembering. Click HERE for more details.
Resources for Families and Caregivers
Hospice Foundation of America
Glossary of Terms (about end of life decision making from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization)
For any questions or concerns regarding hospice, please contact Johnson County Hospice at (660) 747-6121.