Transitions Beyond Hospice Care
Beyond caring for a patient during their end-of-life hospice journey, we care for the patient’s family as they transition to life without their loved one. Paradigm Health grief support can offer loved ones and caregivers the resources to navigate the grief process and includes 13 months of support after end of life. Our individualized grief support plan of care is unique to every individual’s grief process. Depending on the individual plan of care, your grief support team may include a chaplain and assistance from the Paradigm Health support services team including a music therapist, volunteers, and social workers.
Grief Support Resources
and Coping Tips
Virtual Grief Support
Today, more than ever, providing grief support services for those who have recently lost a loved one is important in our own bereavement journey process. Grief is a natural reaction to the death of a loved one and Paradigm Health understands that the duration and intensity of grief are unique to every individual. Our monthly virtual grief support sessions offer all those navigating the grieving process an online community to share thoughts and feelings and may include music therapy or spiritual guidance.
- Where: Via Zoom; Zoom meeting-link provided upon registration; registration required
- How: To register call 317-735-6001 or register by email.
- When: Monthly at noon — the third Wednesday of every month; excludes holidays
- Who: Anyone in need of grief support; open to any adult family member or friend; also open to the general public.
Celebration of Life
Our care does not end when hospice care ends. Honoring your loved one is important to us at Paradigm Health. We hold a Celebration of Life ceremony twice a year to honor those loved ones who have passed away during the past few months. It is an opportunity for our Paradigm Health hospice care team to celebrate the life of your loved one with you. It is a time for reflection, re-connection, and for healing.
The Spring Celebration of Life will be held on the following dates, times, and locations.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023; 6 p.m.
Community Church of Greenwood
1477 W. Main Street, Greenwood, IN 46142
Tuesday, April 18, 2023; 6 p.m.
New Hope Christian Church
5780 S. Main Street, Whitestown, IN 46075
Wednesday, April 19, 2023; 6 p.m.
Living Streams Community Church
7061 N. 700 W., McCordsville, IN 46055
Thursday, May 4, 2023; 6 p.m.
First Church of the Nazarene
2734 S. Washington Street, Kokomo, IN 46902
RSVP to 317-735-6001 or by email.
An After-Death Checklist
Navigating the Details Through Death
The time following the death of a loved one can be stressful as you navigate both the grief process and the myriad of personal, legal, and financial responsibilities that will need attention and closure. There are many details from planning the funeral to dealing with paperwork some of which can last for many years. This is a time to lean on other family members or a network of friends to assist you and that you can reach out to for support. Delegating tasks that need to be completed can help to lighten the load. Below is a quick checklist of items you’ll want to complete soon after a loved one’s death. Content Courtesy of AARP.
Tell Friends and Family
Get a Legal Pronouncement of Death
Decide on Funeral Plans
Within a Few Days of Death
Make Final Funeral Arrangements
Provide Care for Any Pets
Notify the Family Member’s Employer
Two Weeks After Death
Secure Copies of the Death Certificate
Find the Will and Identify the Executor
Meet With Any Trusts and Estate Attorneys
Contact a CPA if Needed
Take the Will to Probate
Make an Assets Inventory List
Make a List of Bills
Cancel Services No Longer Needed
Cancel Driver’s License
Close Credit Card Accounts
Terminate Life Insurance Policies
Close Email Accounts
Notify the following of your loved one’s death:
The Social Security Administration: If the deceased was receiving Social Security benefits, you need to stop the checks. Some family members may be eligible for death benefits from Social Security. Generally, funeral directors report deaths to the Social Security Administration, but, ultimately, it’s the survivors’ responsibility to tell the SSA. Contact your local SSA office to do so. The agency will let Medicaid know that your loved one died.
Life insurance companies: You’ll need a death certificate and policy numbers to make claims on any policies the deceased had.
Banks, financial institutions: If your loved one left a list of accounts and online passwords, it will be much easier to close or change accounts. If the person didn’t, you’ll need a copy of the death certificate.
Financial advisers, stockbrokers: Determine the beneficiary listed on accounts. Depending on the type of asset, the beneficiary may get access to the account or benefit simply by filling out appropriate forms and providing a copy of the death certificate (no executor needed).
Credit agencies: To prevent identity theft, send copies of the death certificate to the three major firms: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
Additional Grief Support Resources
Resources for Children
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Sesame Street in Communities
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