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Hospice care refers to the basic services provided to a patient and family from the time of admission until the time of the patient’s death.

In addition to basic hospice care, Hospice of Acadiana, Inc. offers a comprehensive bereavement program for family members after the death of their loved one.  This program includes individual and group counseling for families of Hospice patients as well as others in the community who have experienced the loss of a loved one.


Hospice Care

Medical services, support services, levels of care and cost of care.

For patients with a life-threatening condition and a life expectancy of six months and for their families.

For more information on hospice services, contact: Marilyn Arton, RN CHPN, Admission Coordinator at 337.232.1234 or by email:

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The Center For Loss and Transition-Bereavement Program

Hospice of Acadiana has steadily placed increased emphasis on its bereavement program and in the year 2000 established the Center For Loss and Transition. Staffed by three full-time grief counselors, the Center offers what is perhaps the most comprehensive array of bereavement services of any hospice in Louisiana.  Individual counseling and support groups for people suffering from the loss of a loved one.

Bereavement programs through Hospice of Acadiana are offered as a service to the community at no charge.

All future events and programs are located under the News and Events tab on the home page.

For more information on bereavement therapy, contact the Center For Loss and Transition at (337) 232-1234 or via email.

Program offerings include:

  • Individual counseling

  • Support groups

  • Workshops on loss and transition

  • Camp Brave Hearts, a summer camp for grieving children ages 7-11.

  • Labyrinth walks and workshops

  • Community Transitions- counseling and support offered to those suffering through life altering illnesses and their caregivers.


Customarily, hospice bereavement services are available only to family members of deceased patients cared for by that hospice. The Center For Loss and Transition, however, extends its services to family members of non-hospice patients, even to relatives of patients whose death did not result from a terminal illness.


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Camp Brave Hearts

A program for children ages 7-11 facing the challenges of grief.

Camp Brave Hearts is a two-day camp for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The camp will provide a safe place for children to freely share feelings through fun activities.


Are you interested in helping children who are faced with the challenges of grief? There is an interview, screening, and training process.

For additional information, to volunteer, or to register a child, please contact Hospice of Acadiana, Inc. or Jessica Johnson,  MS, LPC, Director of Camp Brave Hearts at (337) 232-1234.


Community Transitions

The Center for Loss and Transition has received many requests seeking help for people in transition due to illnesses and for their families.  In response to this need, and as a service to the Acadiana Community, The Center for Loss and Transitions, the bereavement department of Hospice of Acadiana, has initiated this counseling program.  During transition, some need more emotional support than family and friends can provide.   Having to use Hospice services is not a criterion for participating in Community Transitions.



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Hospice of Acadiana utilizes members of our volunteer program to provide compassion, assistance and support to individuals who are suffering from life-limiting illness and are not receiving hospice care.  Their services under the Mon Ami program are managed by the Volunteer Coordinator along with the help of a Clinical Liaison.

Services provided by volunteers may include:

  • Spending time with the patient by reading, playing cards and listening.

  • Running errands.

  • Picking up a few groceries.

  • Helping care for the family pet.

  • Being a special friend when you need one.

  • Praying and offering support for the patient and family members.

Sometimes all you need is a helping hand…..



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Hospice of Acadiana is Proud to announce that it will be starting a new Program entitled Pet Peace of Mind that will allow us to provide animal care for hospice patients.  Through a grant from Banfield Charitable Trust, Hospice of Acadiana will be able to assist both hospice patients and their family members who may be caring for the pet.  We can provide an extra hand to help care for the pet.  This ensures the family’s animals are not being neglected.

Pets often fill the rational void as they offer unconditional love, and comfort at a time when it is most needed.  Peace of mind helps patients and their pets at home through their end of life journey.

Hospice of Acadiana volunteers will be able to:

  • Arrange for pet placement if needed after the patient passes
  • Fund emergency pet boarding
  • Provide pet food for those in need
  • Schedule vet and groomer appointments
  • Walk the dog, change kitty litter