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Bereavement Counselor - Hospice

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Job ID: 67319
Location: Vancouver, WA
Work Type: Part Time
Shift: Variable
Shift Length: 8 Hours
FTE: 0.80
Benefit Eligibility: Full-time benefits

Job Description


PeaceHealth is seeking a Bereavement Counselor - Hospice for a Part Time, 0.80 FTE, Variable position. The general salary range for this job opening at PeaceHealth is $32.42 – $48.63. The actual hiring rate is dependent upon several factors, including but not limited to, the job/position responsibilities, location, terms of the applicable collective bargaining agreement, education, training, work experience, seniority, work performance, etc.

Job Summary

Provide grief counseling to adults and/or children, adolescents and their families. Provide education or direct assistance to schools and the community. Make referrals as appropriate and provide training/oversight for volunteer facilitators.

Details of the position

  1. Provide counseling to include facilitating support groups for adults and/or children, adolescents and their families. Complete direct interviews for intake with families for placement purposes and make referrals to community resources as appropriate. Provides individual counseling as appropriate. Counsel with Hospice family for emotional support and grief and bereavement issues in private residence and/or at inpatient hospice.
  2. Act as counseling resource by providing crisis intervention/debriefings to community organizations as needed. Assist with the provision of initial and ongoing education for staff, volunteers and the community. Provide clinical supervision of assigned bereavement groups.
  3. Effectively communicate by establishing and maintaining open, effective communications and utilizing correct channels of communication. Utilize correct channels of communication and recognized organization communication standard. Participate in problem-solving and communicate with co-workers regarding services.
  4. Perform general duties to include maintaining a working knowledge of infection control, risk management and emergency preparedness plans. Actively participate in performance improvement initiatives. Demonstrate knowledge of hospital, interdepartmental and unit goals, standards and operations. Maintain and update knowledge of and is responsive to the laws and regulations which affect his/her practice.
  5. May establish, coordinate and implement bereavement follow-up procedures including delivery of letters, cards, etc. to families; quarterly mailings to bereaved families; assessing bereavement support needs and triage appropriately; carry a case load of at-risk families.
  6. May recruit, train, supervise and evaluate bereavement volunteers in collaboration with the Volunteer Coordinator. May train volunteers and staff in the area of bereavement and orient all new staff to bereavement protocol.
  7. May facilitate monthly and annual commemorative services for staff, Hospice families, and the community at large including a Hospice fundraiser.
  8. May coordinate and/or facilitate all community-wide bereavement support groups. May offer bereavement support community wide as time and need indicate. May market Bereavement Support Groups and other Bereavement support services to the community.
  9. Maintains an active role in the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned

What you bring

  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling or related field plus specialized training in grief counseling issues specific to children, adolescents and/or adults.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers required upon hire
  • Valid driver's license with an automobile that is insured to state regulations and is in good running order
  • WA: Minimum requirement is current or pending WA State Counselor Agency Affiliated Registration (CAAR) and is required within 3 months of hire. Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) or Social Worker Advanced License (LASW) or Social Worker Associate Advanced License (SA) or Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical License (SC) are also acceptable and preferred, but exceeds minimum requirement


  • Home and Community: Will accept valid driver’s license in US or Canada and proof of auto insurance. ADEC certification preferred.


  • Work requires normal amounts of physical effort at least 66% of the time.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing 30 lbs. or less.
  • Work is performed under normal working conditions with adequate lighting and ventilation.
  • Job duties frequently require intense concentration and attention to detail (34-65% of work time).
  • Provides patient care in an uncontrolled home environment; operates motor vehicle on urban and rural roadways up to 25% of each day.

PeaceHealth is committed to the overall wellbeing of our caregivers: physical, emotional, financial, social, and spiritual. We offer caregivers a competitive and comprehensive total rewards package. Some of the many benefits included in this package are full medical/dental/vision coverage; 403b retirement plan employer base and matching contributions; paid time off; employer-paid life and disability insurance with additional buyup coverage options; tuition and continuing education reimbursement; wellness benefits, and expanded EAP and mental health program.

See how PeaceHealth is committed to Inclusivity, Respect for Diversity and Cultural Humility.

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application. EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state or federal laws.

PeaceHealth requires a completed Primary Vaccine Series (e.g., 2 dose monovalent Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax series or 1 dose J&J vaccine series) or be Up to Date (receiving the most recent Pfizer/Moderna bivalent vaccine/booster) for COVID-19 vaccination prior to their start date. PeaceHealth has a medical and religious exemption request process for those that are unable to receive the COVID-19 primary vaccine series due to medical/religious reasons. For caregivers that will be working in Oregon there is a personal vaccine exemption form that may be requested.

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