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Family Hospice, Part of UPMC — West

Family Hospice, Part of UPMC, has been providing expert end-of-life care to patients and families in western Pennsylvania since 1980. Care is designed to ease the pain, symptoms, and stress of life-limiting illness. We honor an individual’s goals and values and support caregivers in the desire to provide the highest possible quality of life. 

We provide care to patients in private homes, skilled nursing, assisted living and personal care residences, and hospitals. Additionally, Family Hospice operates a 12-bed inpatient hospice unit  for short-term, acute hospice care in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of the city of Pittsburgh.

Family Hospice physicians are board-certified experts in hospice and palliative medicine.

Additionally, Family Hospice offers non-clinical, complementary services to enhance patient care including pet-assisted visits, art, music, massage, aroma, and reiki therapies.


Bereavement Support

Family Hospice provides bereavement support to families under our care as well as community outreach for those experiencing loss. For more information about resources for those who are grieving, call 412-572-8829.

Cooking for One

Cooking for One is a bereavement support group facilitated by the Family Hospice bereavement department focusing on adjusting to meal planning, cooking for one, and mindful eating following the death of a loved one. Participants will prepare and share healthy meals together.

The group will meet on four consecutive Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, October 19 and concluding on Wednesday, November 9. Please plan to attend all sessions.

Registration is required. Please call 412-572-8829 to register. All materials will be provided free of charge.

Location
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Botany Hall Kitchen
Frew Street Extension
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Free parking is available in the center island on Schenley Drive.

Mask are required during demonstrations and social distancing will be observed.

Cooking for One was made possible by a generous grant from Family Hospice Foundation.

Coping with Grief at the Holidays

The holiday season can be a difficult time for people who have experienced a death. Coping with Grief at the Holidays will help guide you through the process of managing grief during this time. It will also provide you with an opportunity to connect with others who are grieving a death.

Coping with Grief at the Holidays will be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside. Participants can attend one or both sessions.

Location
Calvary Episcopal Church
315 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Registration is required. Please call 412-572-8829 to register. Parking is free.

Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.


How You Can Help

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are an important part of hospice care.

To begin the process, call Nick Petti at 412-651-1602, pettin@upmc.edu or Pam Debo-Tomczak 412-651-4560, debotomczakp@upmc.edu. We will match you with an opportunity that best fits your talents and interests.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities 

Donate

Family Hospice relies on donor support to fund resources and programs for patients and families not covered by insurance as well as community outreach and educational initiatives.

 

Learn more about supporting patients and families

Remembrance Pillows

For families of those who have died on Family Hospice’s service, we offer one complimentary remembrance pillow. Each 12” pillow is made by our volunteer seamstresses from two to three articles of your deceased family member’s clothing.  

Materials that work best are blue jean, cotton, flannel, fleece, sweatshirt, and terry cloth. For more information, please call 412-572-8829

The Remembrance Pillow Project is made possible through a grant from the Pittsburgh Pirates Alumni Association and other private donations. 


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Contact Family Hospice, Part of UPMC - West

For more information about hospice care or to refer a patient:

Family Hospice, Part of UPMC - West

700 Bower Hill Road
Suite 6206
Pittsburgh, PA 15243

Toll-Free: 800-513-2148

Serving Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties

View all Southwest Pa. hospice services locations

Family Hospice, Part of UPMC - Lawrenceville Inpatient Unit

310 Fisk St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Toll-Free: 800-513-2148

Learn more about the Lawrenceville Inpatient Unit