Jewish Hospice Program


Honoring Traditions and Beliefs

Care Dimensions appreciates the unique traditions and religious beliefs of the Jewish community and offers sensitive care consistent with Judaism. Our medical and support staff have been trained to address the cultural and spiritual requests of Jewish patients and families. Along with our expertise in hospice care and palliative care, we have been trained in:

  • Beliefs, customs and traditions of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and secular Jews
  • Jewish ethics and philosophy regarding life, the end of life and death
  • Concerns regarding artificial nutrition and hydration
  • Jewish religious rituals at the time of death and during the mourning period

Our support for Jewish families continues after their loved one has died. Our Grief Support program offers “Grieving Loss in a Jewish Way” two to three times per year. The 8-week support group, facilitated by Jewish staff, offers participants the opportunity to explore their grief in the context of Jewish custom, ritual and beliefs. These groups often coincide with important Jewish holidays, such as the High Holy Days and Passover, to allow mourners the chance to be supported by others who share their experience and to learn how to cope during the holidays without their loved one.

Jewish Hospice Program Cares for Patients and Families

After losing his wife Sandy to cancer, Barry Kahn participated in Care Dimensions' Grieving Loss in a Jewish Way program. “It was extremely helpful to process the Jewish aspect of grieving.”
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Multidisciplinary Care

Our program provides a full range of hospice care services, including:

  • Individualized pain and symptom relief plan
  • Kaplan House for respite care or acute symptom management to avoid hospitalization
  • Medication, supplies and equipment
  • 24/7 medical, emotional and spiritual support
  • Caregiver education
  • Complementary therapies
Our Jewish Hospice Team

Every Jewish patient is offered a Jewish chaplain as part of their interdisciplinary care team. Our chaplains do not take the place of a patient's synagogue rabbi, and are dedicated to partnering with the patient's existing spiritual support system. Our interdisciplinary team brings together the skills and experience of:

  • Board certified physician specializing in hospice care coordinates care with primary physician and specialists
  • Specially trained nurse manages symptoms and pain
  • Hospice aide assists with daily care and housekeeping
  • Social worker helps patients and families cope with emotional and practical issues
  • Chaplain offers spiritual support
  • Complementary therapist relieves stress through music, art, massage and more
  • Trained volunteer provides companionship and help with errands
  • Bereavement counselor helps families prepare for death and cope with grief
Where You Need Us to Be

Care Dimensions cares for patients wherever they are:

Educating the Community

In addition to the ongoing training provided to our staff and volunteers, Care Dimensions works with community organizations to share our knowledge of Jewish traditions and rituals at the end of life. We partner with our Jewish Hospice Advisory Committee, comprised of Jewish community leaders from synagogues, funeral homes, rabbinical seminaries, and social service organizations, to shape the Jewish Hospice program and network with other Jewish community leaders to foster the development of our program.

Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.