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Post-Hospital Care Planning 

The Baylor Palliative Care team is primarily an acute care hospital-based service, however, we can provide information and help coordinate care with various after-hospital programs including home care, care in another facility or hospice care as appropriate.

Palliative Care Bereavement Support

When a death occurs, the members of the Palliative Care team work with the Pastoral Care department to provide professional and compassionate care to those struggling with the loss. Chaplains and members of the patient’s medical team are available 24 hours a day to answer questions and provide spiritual and emotional support.

Pastoral grief support services include:
  • Sympathy cards sent to the homes of the bereaved
  • Follow-up telephone calls to family members by the pastoral services upon request
  • Quarterly memorial services held in Penland Chapel (Dallas Campus)
  • Grief support groups and workshops led by hospital and pastoral care staff
  • Referrals to community grief support groups
  • Child Life Specialists for children and teens coping with loss
  • Specialized compassionate care for parents experiencing infant loss or miscarriage

Chaplains will also offer information about funeral home, organ donation and willed body programs. Together, the Palliative Care team and associated chaplains help patients and families make difficult decisions regarding end-of-life or transition to hospice or assisted living facilities.

Palliative Care End-of-Life Care Planning Assistance

The Baylor Palliative Care team supports you and your family during the time of final transition. We help you determine choices for end-of-life medical care and whether or not life-sustaining treatments should continue. Even if certain medical treatments may be withdrawn, our caring and compassion never end.

Baylor Doula Program

If you are at the end of your life’s journey, the Baylor Palliative Care Consultation Services wants to be sure you have someone to be there to support you. Our Doula Program provides trained volunteers who will offer you support, comfort and a presence as you approach the end of life. This can be of special importance to patients when family or friends are not available for any reason.

The Doula Program also offers volunteers an extraordinary service opportunity by being present at one of life’s major transitions and can have a profound and life-changing impact on dying patients. Patients often experience a decreased sense of isolation as well as a loving presence.

For more information about the Baylor Doula Program or to volunteer on the Dallas campus, please call (214) 820-6851.

Memorials and Gifts

Memorials and gifts to the Dallas campus Baylor Palliative Care Consultation Services program are a way to honor or remember your loved one. There are several ways you can make a donation. You can make an online contribution or you can mail your check to:

Baylor Health Care System Foundation
600 Gaston Ave. Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75246-1800

For more information on how you can support Baylor Palliative Care Consultation Services or for information on planned giving, call the Foundation at 214.820.3136 or click here.