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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 391. Regulations for the Licensure of Hospice

12VAC5-391-370. Spiritual counseling and bereavement services.

A. The hospice program shall provide for the delivery of spiritual counseling and bereavement services that reflect the family's needs and desires and are delivered according to the overall plan of care.

B. Spiritual counseling may be provided through a working arrangement with individual clergy, clergy associations and other religious programs in the community or by clergy employed by the hospice program.

C. The hospice program shall provide bereavement services to the family for a minimum of one year after the patient's death.

D. The hospice program shall maintain a list of individuals who provide spiritual and bereavement services. The list shall be made available, upon request to patients, families, hospice program employees and contractors.

E. Arrangements for and delivery of spiritual counseling and bereavement services shall be documented in the patient's record.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-162.5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 21, Issue 23, eff. November 1, 2005.

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