Bereavement Coordinator / Social Worker - LECOM Health

Bereavement Coordinator / Social Worker

Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County


Plan, implement and maintain a bereavement program that supports the families/caregivers of the deceased for up to one (1) year after the patient’s death.


  • Ensure that a Bereavement Assessment is done within 5 days of admission as part of the comprehensive assessment.
  • Development and implementation of the Bereavement Plan of Care for the bereaved following the hospice patient’s death. The Bereavement Plan of Care is developed using:  The bereavement assessment, the risk assessment, input from the IDG re: bereavement issues during care of the patient as well as at the death visit, and interaction with the bereaved following the patients death.
  • Provide bereavement support to hospice personnel coping with work related grief.
  • Provide education to the IDG regarding bereavement issues.
  • Provide memorial services, grief support groups, community education, sends mailings, bereavement calls, bereavement visits, and other services when deemed necessary.
  • Provide referrals to community resources and professional services when deemed necessary.
  • Assume responsibility for self-development by continually striving to improve his/her Bereavement practice through formal education, attendance at workshop and conferences, active participation in professional and related organizational meetings, and/or individual research and reading.
  • Must be flexible to accept other duties needed or assigned by the resident or institution.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor or management.


  • Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Must work cooperatively with all members of the team, following EEO rules and regulations, to accomplish a resident centered culture.
  • Must demonstrate strong leadership and organizational skills.
  • Must show respect for residents, families, and fellow employees in all actions.
  • Must have a high degree of integrity.
  • Must respect the resources of the organization.
  • Must follow all infection control procedures and guidelines.
  • Must present professionally in proper uniform according to Employee Handbook.
  • Must demonstrate attention toward quality service according to Federal and State Regulations.
  • Must respect all resident rights according to Federal and State Regulations.
  • Must maintain confidentiality according to Federal and State Regulations.
  • Must follow all Organizational policies and procedures.
  • Must participate in continuing education as required.
  • Must process adequate equipment skills to complete daily work tasks including but not limited to the copier, fax, computer, and other electronic devices.
  • The ability to work cooperatively and collegially with others, consistent with a workplace of dignity and respect and EEO rules and regulations.
  • The ability to report to work as scheduled, ready to devote full attention and energy to the important work of LECOM.
  • The ability to accept work directives from managers and supervisors in respectful and cooperative manner.


Education and experience equivalent to:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field
  • Experience with counseling individuals and/or groups
  • A qualified professional with experience or education in grief or loss counseling
  • Two years related experience preferred
  • Must be a licensed driver with a an insured automobile in good working order
  • The ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing


  • LECOM’s full time employees enjoy the availability of an industry leading benefits package including:
  • Highmark BC/BS Medical Insurance with employee-only coverage costing only $35/ month!
  • Full Family Medical Insurance is only $230/month!
  • Employees with LECOM Medical Insurance can take advantage of waived co-pays and deductibles at LECOM physicians and Millcreek Community Hospital.
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with Employer Matching of 133 1/3% after completing one year of service!
  • Paid time off accruals – vacation, personal, and sick
  • Life Insurance and AD&D Insurance is provided to all Full Time employees at no cost!
  • Employee referral program
  • Employee appreciation/recognition events
  • Employee assistance program and discounted membership at the LECOM Fitness and Wellness Center

The LECOM Institute for Successful Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer