VITAS Healthcare Launches Valentine Helpline for Californians Grieving this Valentine's Day

02/07/2019

SAN DIEGO, CA – Valentine’s Day is widely recognized as a day of celebrating love; however, for some it is a day of remembrance as they honor the memory of a loved one who has passed. To assist those grieving this Valentine’s Day, February 14, VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, is launching the California Valentine Helpline.

A VITAS team member talks with a grieving person on the phone

This unique helpline will connect those coping with the loss of a loved one with VITAS bereavement specialists in California. The specialists will be available at 844.218.4827 from 5 a.m. to midnight on Thursday, February 14, 2019 to provide meaningful grief support and referrals.

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“Losing a life partner is one of the most traumatic events we can face. It is very natural to experience a resurgence of grief, even many years after a loss, especially on holidays like Valentine’s Day,” said Robin Fiorelli, LCSW, senior director of bereavement and volunteer services for VITAS. “At VITAS, we understand each person grieves differently and there is no timeline for how long it takes before the hurt of loss lessens.”

VITAS Healthcare is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. Over the past 40 years, the company has offered grief and bereavement support to thousands of families and friends while a patient is receiving hospice care and for up to 13 months following a death. Even after that time, VITAS staff is always available to listen and help loved ones through their grief. Some of VITAS’ bereavement services include:

  • Home visits from bereavement specialists, chaplains and volunteers
  • Bereavement telephone support
  • Bereavement support groups led by VITAS staff
  • Memorial services and memory bears
  • Quarterly bereavement newsletters and educational materials
  • Community resource referrals to grief therapists, community support groups, etc.

If you live in California and are interested in receiving bereavement support this Valentine’s Day, February 14, call the California Valentine Helpline between 5 a.m. and midnight at 844.218.4827, and for more information about VITAS services and bereavement programs throughout the year, visit VITAS.com.

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