Organizations

Hospice of the Bluegrass
2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504-3277
(859) 276-5344

Hospice of the Bluegrass is a private non-profit organization which provides support and care for persons in the last phase of an incurable illness. Hospice exists in the hope and belief that, through appropriate care and the promotion of a caring community sensitive to their needs, patients and families may be free to attain a degree of mental and spiritual preparation for death that is satisfactory to them. While hospice care generally takes place in the home, the Hospice Care Center housed within St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, and the nursing home team provide skilled, multidisciplinary care for patients who cannot remain in their homes. We serve 21 Kentucky counties and maintain six offices. Hospice of the Bluegrass is a member of the National Hospice Organization, is certified by Medicare and Medicaid and is licensed by the State of Kentucky.


Hospice Foundation of America
2001 S Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009
(800) 854-3402

Hospice Foundation of America is a non-profit organization that provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care. HFA works to educate healthcare professionals and the families they serve about hospice, end-of-life care, loss, grief and bereavement. Annually, HFA produces the award-winning National Bereavement Teleconference and publishes the Living With Grief book series in conjunction with the teleconference. HFA provides a variety of other resources that includes books, videotapes, audiotapes, brochures, educational articles and their monthly bereavement newsletter, JOURNEYS.


AARP
601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049
(202) 434-2277 Toll Free 1-800-424-3410

AARP is the nation's leading organization for people 50 and older. AARP serves their needs through information and education, advocacy, and community services provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. The organization also offers members a wide range of special benefits and services, including Modern Maturity magazine and the monthly AARP Bulletin.


Americans for Better Care of the Dying
4125 Albemarle Street, NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 895-9485

Americans for Better Care of the Dying (ABCD) is a non-profit charity dedicated to social, professional, and policy reform and education aimed at improving services for patients with serious illness and their families. ABCD aims to: enhance the experience of the last phase of life for all Americans; advocate for the interests of patients and families; improve communication between providers and patients; involve society in end-of-life care; control pain and other symptoms; demand continuity in service systems for the seriously ill; and limit the emotional and financial toll on families.


Association for Death Education and Counseling
342 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06117-2507
(860) 586-7503

ADEC is dedicated to improving the quality of death education and death-related counseling and caregiving; to promoting the development and interchange of related theory and research; and to providing support, stimulation, and encouragement to its members and those studying and working in death-related fields.


BenefitsCheckUp.org

Created by the National Council on Aging, BenefitsCheckUp.org is a free, easy-to-use service that identifies federal and state assistance programs for older Americans. This site can help older adults to quickly identify programs that may improve the quality of their lives. Family and friends can also obtain facts about benefits that their loved ones may qualify for.


Centering Corporation
7230 Maple Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68134
866-218-0101

The Centering Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and resources for the bereaved.


Children's Hospice International
901 N. Pitt Street, Suite 230, Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-0330 or (800) 24-CHILD

Children's Hospice International creates a world of hospice support for children, providing medical and technical assistance, research, and education for these special children, their families and health care professionals. CHI works with hospices, children's hospitals, homecare agencies and other individuals and organizations to assist them in better caring for children with life-threatening conditions.


The Compassionate Friends, Inc.
P.O. Box 3696, Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696
(630) 990-0010 or (877) 969-0010

The Compassionate Friends is a self-help organization whose purpose is to offer friendship and understanding to parents and siblings following the death of a child. They have 580 chapters nationwide which provide monthly meetings, phone contacts, lending libraries and a local newsletter. The national organization provides newsletters, distributes grief-related materials, and answers requests for referrals and information.


The Dougy Center
P.O. Box 86582, Portland, OR 97286
(503) 775-5683

The Dougy Center, The National Center for Grieving Children and Families, provides support groups for grieving children that are age specific (3-5, 6-12, teens) and loss specific (parent death, sibling death, survivors of homicide/violent death, survivors of suicide). The Center is in the process of publishing a series of guidebooks based on what they've learned from the children they have served. Titles include Helping Children Cope With Death and Helping Teens Cope With Death. Additional services that include national trainings, consultations to schools and organizations, crisis-line information, and referrals.


Growth House

The mission of Growth House, Inc., is to improve the quality of compassionate care for people who are dying, through public education about hospice and home care, palliative care, pain management, death with dignity, bereavement, and related issues. This award-winning web site offers the netðs most extensive directory of reviewed resources for life-threatening illness and end-of-life care. Growth House offers a free monthly e-mail newsletter covering new and noteworthy net resources for terminal care, life-threatening illness, and bereavement. Growth House provides the Inter-Institutional Collaborative Network on End Of Life Care, which links major professional organizations internationally.


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 837-1500 or (800) 338-8619

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the oldest and largest public benefit organization in the U.S. devoted exclusively to hospice care. NHPCO operates the Hospice Helpline (1-800-658-8898) to provide the general public and healthcare professionals with information about hospice care, reimbursement sources, as well as referrals to local hospice programs throughout the U.S. NHPCO publishes a variety of brochures on hospice care, grief in the workplace and bereavement.


Partnership for Caring: America's Voices for the Dying
1620 I St, NW, Suite 202, Washington, DC 20006
(800) 989-9455

A nonprofit organization that partners individuals and organization in a powerful collaboration to improve how people die in our society. Partnership for Caring operates a national crisis and informational hotline dealing with end-of-life issues and provides state-specific living wills and medical powers of attorney.


Volunteer Hospice Network
Rhoda Eagan, Project Leader
607 Hawke Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
(540) 371-2367

The Volunteer Hospice Network (VHN) is an affinity group of more than 150 volunteer organizations in the United States that provide a wide variety of free services to the terminally ill, their families, and those who are grieving. Our members include volunteer hospices, grief support programs, and many other volunteer groups that care for the dying whether or not they are called "hospice".

*Resources about Death & Dying and whom to contact for answers is a contribution of Hospice Foundation of America www.hospicefoundation.org