Gina is the Bereavement Coordinator at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital. And she's exhausted.

Grief Coach Grief Support Grief Death Burnout Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers are suffering from compassion fatigue and burnout. Gina Kornfeind, a Bereavement Coordinator and Social Worker at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, is using Grief Coach's text-based grief support program to help her keep up with the growing need for resources for patients' family members, colleagues, and her friends and neighbors too.

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You’re Grieving. You’re Overwhelmed. But when people ask how they can help, you draw a blank.


Are flowers and casseroles what you really want when you’re grieving? Probably not. Here’s how to get the invaluable support you need after a loss. I’ll never forget a conversation I had with my friend Alison the week after my husband died. I had just moved from the UK to Canada, and was getting set up in a hastily booked apartment. Alison asked me what I needed. “Nothing,” I said, unable to think straight about much of anything. “Do you have any sheets to sleep on tonight?” she asked. “No,” I said. “How about plates or utensils or food?” she continued. “No, I don’t have those either.” We laughed, and Alison proceeded to do the thinking for me. I was lucky.

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How I learned to help the grieving one text message at a time

Grief Grief Support

On my flight home from my friend's funeral, I thought about the fear and discomfort that had kept people from reaching out when my husband died a decade earlier. Their distance had hurt me, but I now knew that it had hurt them too. For over a decade, people I cared very much about had been carrying around guilt and shame. It all seemed so unnecessary. I knew we could do better.

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