By arhospice on April 20th, 2021
North Little Rock, Ark. (April 15, 2021) – Arkansas Hospice recently launched a new podcast, “Speaking of Grief,” as an expansion of its community-based grief support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first episode, “Don’t Let Grief Fool You,” premiered April 1, with new episodes scheduled to be available on the 1st of each month.
The podcast consists of frank conversations about death, loss and grief presented by Arkansas Hospice Director of Bereavement Services Barbara Ross and bereavement specialists Jamie Boshears and Simone Brock. Episodes tackle topics and questions in a compassionate, and even humorous, manner. Candid conversations address how everyone’s journey of grief is unique to them, along with help for the listener to navigate their own path through loss.
“The pandemic has made an impact on everyone, including those who have experienced grief due to non-covid-19 related death,” said Ross, bereavement director for Arkansas Hospice. “Social distancing and isolation have wreaked havoc on families, funeral rituals, compounding so much grief and loss.”
As a community service, Arkansas Hospice’s bereavement services are available to the general public, free of charge, as well as the families of Arkansas Hospice patients. Because of social distancing, traditional in-person grief support groups were put on hold last spring. As an alternative, Arkansas Hospice launched a virtual grief support group via Zoom, called Telegrief, to promote connecting with others who are grieving, as well as providing support through education, phone calls and other means to reduce isolation and promote healing.
Podcast listeners can email their questions and comments for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Speaking of Grief” is available now on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and at https://www.arkansashospice.org/speakingofgrief. The podcast is produced in-house by Arkansas Hospice, which is the state’s largest nonprofit provider of hospice services.
About Arkansas Hospice
Celebrating more than 29 years of service, Arkansas Hospice’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing serious illness and loss by surrounding them with love and embracing them with the best in physical, emotional and spiritual care. The hospice care provider is the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards, as well as numerous other awards for quality of care, including Hospice Honors Elite from HEALTHCAREfirst, as well as the only hospice in Arkansas to be certified by the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs for nonprofit service to Arkansas’ veteran population. For more information, visit https://www.arkansashospice.org
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