Arlington, Va. -- The American Hospice Foundation (AHF) is closing its doors in June 2014 after nearly 20 years of improving access to quality hospice care through public education, professional training, and advocacy on behalf of consumers and will provide a grant to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) with a portion of its final remaining funds.
AHF leaves a legacy of educating the public about hospice and heightening awareness of grief issues at school and in the workplace.
To ensure the continuation of its important work, AHF has invested in two legacy projects: 1) an initiative by TAPS to assist grieving children of deceased service members; and 2) a web-based tool that would enable dying people to select the most appropriate hospice, to be developed by Altarum Institute’s Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care.
“We at the American Hospice Foundation (AHF) are proud to provide support to TAPS for a model school-based program to address the needs of children of veterans killed in combat or returning with physical and emotional wounds,” said Naomi Naierman, President and CEO of AHF. “This training program will build on the enormous contribution that TAPS has already made in ministering to the grief of military children. AHF has pioneered programs on grief and children for nearly twenty years. As we close our doors, we are pleased that our mission will be continue to be served by such an organization recognized for its dedication to military kids and their families.”
TAPS is grateful for the grant and is committed to helping the children of America’s fallen heroes.
“We are at once humbled and honored to be entrusted with carrying on the important work of furthering the healing process of the children of our fallen,” said Bonnie Carroll, Founder and President of TAPS. “AHF is leaving a lasting legacy of caring for people at their greatest time of need.We share in that spirit of caring along life’s journey.”
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 50,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).