The Counseling and Support team includes highly trained professionals dedicated to providing the support you need. Whether you are newly diagnosed or are already part of our Gilchrist family, our grief counselors, volunteers, child life specialist and Palliative Care team are here to help.
Your team consists of:
Our master’s trained grief counselors offer support before and after a loss. Also, they provide one-on-one counseling, support groups and events.
Our volunteers provide a variety of services, including companionship, respite for caregivers or errands.
Also, our end-of-life doulas are specially trained to sit bedside with your family in the hours preceding death. They ensure you have the support you need and that no one dies alone.
Our child life specialist is uniquely attuned to the individual social and emotional needs of children. Therefore, they will work to help them sort out their feelings, most often through play and imagination. The child life specialist also works with siblings and other young family members impacted by a child’s illness and impending death.
All members of the Palliative Care team are experts in helping people deal with the uncertainties often accompanied by serious illness. They will also work collaboratively with your current medical team to ensure seamless care.
Members of the Palliative Care (Advance Care Management) team include:
- Physicians with expertise in treatment options for pain and other symptoms.
- Nurse practitioners with specialized training who can recommend treatment options for symptom management. They also support the individual and family, and facilitate discussions regarding goals of care.
- Social workers with extensive experience in providing social and emotional support for individuals and families as they move through each stage of illness. They also can help families navigate the complex healthcare system.
- An Advanced Care Management nurse is available on weekends for patients at GBMC.
- Chaplains are also available on an as-needed basis at select locations. They provide spiritual support for individuals and families facing serious illness.