Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation Programs
Our hospice team honors those approaching the end of life-serving all ages, from diverse religions and cultures, without regard to financial circumstances. We never turn a patient away for lack of ability to pay. In addition to general hospice care for adults, we have a specialized hospice program for children, an adult pre-hospice program, a grief support program just for kids, and adult grief support services.
Stepping Stones is our specialized children's hospice and palliative care program. Our team of certified and skilled pediatric specialists offers gentle and compassionate medical, emotional, and spiritual support to kids with a life-limiting illness, enabling them to complete their life with respect and dignity. We are the only hospice in King County with a specialized program for terminally ill children, and we care for any child in need, regardless of their family's financial circumstances.
Our specialized children's grief support program "Safe Crossings" seeks to lessen the negative impact of death. By helping children better understand the grief process, teaching them how to grieve in healthy ways, and helping them understand the feelings they're experiencing, we help them regain their natural sense of joy, move forward with their lives, and develop into healthy adults. Safe Crossings offers an array of specialized services to address the needs of grieving children. These include in-home counseling visits, grief support groups, individual and group grief support in schools, an annual weekend grief camp, outreach and consultation to community organizations, workshops, seasonal events, and educational grief materials. The program is offered free of charge and is open to any grieving child in our community.
Transitions works with men and women who are struggling with a life-limiting illness and have a prognosis of 12 months or less. They don't yet qualify for hospice, but they still need help. Our program works with them to sort through treatment options, next steps, available community resources, and inevitable life changes. Transitions is available free of charge and is the only program of its kind in King County.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Last year, Providence Hospice of Seattle provided hospice care to over 2,500 adults and children in King County. In addition, we provided grief support services to over 5,000 adults and kids who had lost a loved one.
Funding is needed to ensure that everyone who needs hospice care will have access to it. Funding is also needed to support our specialized programs for dying and grieving kids.