NPHI Facilitates Discussion on Rituals at Death (8.5.21)

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NPHI Facilitates Discussion on Rituals at Death (8.5.21)

NPHI Facilitates Discussion on Rituals at Death

Today, the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice (NPHI) was grateful to hear from Kim Rumaker, MSS, LCSW and Joan Ordille, DSW, LCSM of Samaritan on bridging the continuum of care after death. As part of this presentation, Kim and Joan discussed how organizations can successfully understand the right amount of emotional support to offer family members after the death of a loved one. They also shared the details of Samaritan’s Pronouncement Bereavement Kit and addressed how NPHI members can turn a simple task into a meaningful ritual for their patients and families.

“We simply could not be more proud to host such an important discussion” said Tom Koutsoumpas, CEO of NPHI. “As we know, the end of life can be an emotional time of healing for family members, friends, and caregivers. And to this point, NPHI members have a unique opportunity to participate in meaningful rituals at death.”

The conversation, entitled “Rituals at Death,” was part of a biweekly series of NPHI-hosted discussions to address today’s pressing hospice topics through engagement with health policy experts, thought leaders, and other industry innovators. This discussion was meant to present and share ideas with NPHI’s membership about crafting meaningful rituals for patients and their loved ones. The team at Samaritan provided an overview on compassion satisfaction, the pleasure that comes from helping others, which is a feeling NPHI membership knows well. Additionally, Kim and Joan’s presentation spurred discussion from other NPHI members about rituals they’ve found to be successful at the bedside.

The National Partnership for Healthcare & Hospice Innovation (NPHI) is a collaborative of 75+ not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers dedicated to ensuring patients and their families have access to care that reflects their individual goals, values and preferences. Representing providers from 31 states and the District of Columbia, NPHI and its members help design more innovative and effective models of care, advocate for comprehensive and community-integrated care customized to meet each person’s unique needs, and build collaboration between national thought leaders, decision-makers, and other healthcare stakeholders to improve hospice care.