Hospice disease types which indicate a greater need for bereavement counseling

Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2010 May;27(3):187-90. doi: 10.1177/1049909109349248. Epub 2009 Oct 16.


This article attempts to find a correlation between certain disease types and increased needs for bereavement services for survivors. Data were examined from those requesting increased bereavement services from a hospice provider in Kentucky, over a 2-year span. The survivors were then matched with the disease type of their loved one to see whether there was a connection between the two. Although limited in its scope and focus, the study revealed that patients surviving Alzheimer disease, lung cancer, and renal failure consistently (at least 50% of the time) required increased bereavement services after the death of their loved one. Other disease types indicated more erratic patterns for increased grief services.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Alzheimer Disease / mortality
  • Attitude to Health
  • Bereavement*
  • Caregivers / education
  • Caregivers / psychology
  • Counseling* / organization & administration
  • Family / psychology*
  • Health Services Research
  • Hospice Care* / organization & administration
  • Hospice Care* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Kentucky / epidemiology
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / mortality
  • Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
  • Lung Neoplasms / mortality
  • Needs Assessment / organization & administration*
  • Resource Allocation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Survivors / psychology*
  • Survivors / statistics & numerical data