Alexandria, Va (PRWEB) February 26, 2013
Hospices care is not only for the patient at the end of life, but family members and loved ones. This care continues beyond the death of the patient to include bereavement care services for up to one year following the death of a loved one. There are additional areas where hospice professionals are called on to support those they care for and in some cases this involves providing guidance and resources for funeral planning.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the nation’s largest non-profit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care organizations and professionals is collaborating with Funeral Decisions, a web-based service for funeral planning.
Funeral Decisions, an NHPCO associate member, is working to help NHPCO member programs get the information and resources that can help families deal with funeral planning. Hospice professionals have often observed that such support is especially important when family members are from out of town or have not made arrangements in advance.
"It is Funeral Decisions' focus to help individuals make the 'smartest' choice for them and their families when it comes to funeral services...this happens to be a part of the long list of things that hospice workers help families with as well. By partnering with NHCPO, we are aligning our service with the responsibilities of the hospice worker. We can lighten their work load a bit by helping them to get free custom quotes and information from multiple local funeral homes...anywhere in the country...from one site, for their families,” said Michael Regina, president and CEO of FuneralDecisions.
Since 2009, Funeral Decisions has been the leading web service allowing hospice and palliative care providers to assist families in choosing between quality Funeral Homes and Cemeteries nationwide. FuneralDecisions.com works with over 3,500 providers across the country. They assist in obtaining custom quotes from multiple providers, helping families to make the smartest choice, not just the cheapest, when selecting a service provider.
“The support a family receives from hospice following the death of a loved one is critical. Funeral planning can be a very difficult time and hospice social workers are there to provide support and guidance and continue to provide that care through the bereavement process. We’re pleased to be working with Funeral Decisions to help our members meet the needs of their patients and families,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of NHPCO.
By becoming a partner in NHPCO’s Affinity Program, Funeral Decisions will offer its products to NHPCO members at no charge and will make a contribution to NHPCO based on the number of members who choose to use its services through this program.
For more information on Funeral Decisions, visit http://www.FuneralDecisions.com/Affinity or call: (201) 743-8116.
For more information on NHPCO and its Affinity Program, visit http://www.nhpco.org/affinity.