Farewell From Naomi Naierman

The American Hospice Foundation closed its doors in June 2014 after more than 20 years of improving access to quality hospice care through public education, professional training, and consumer advocacy.

I am so proud of the energy of our staff, the leadership of our board, the generosity of our supporters, and most importantly, the results of our work. We have accomplished a great deal in 20 years. (See more in our Timeline.) AHF board chair Deneen Richmond summed it up beautifully: “The work AHF has done to support hospice quality has laid the foundation for a better hospice experience for all of us.”

LEGACY PROJECTS. AHF is supporting two legacy projects with our remaining funds, to ensure our work continues.

Consumer choice. We are proud to fund Altarum Institute’s Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care (CCCHC) to develop a Web-based set of tools that will help families make quality hospice care decisions for their loved ones. This project will build on the work that Altarum and AHF have already done together to identify what consumers want to know about quality when choosing a hospice provider and how they want that information presented.

“AHF has pioneered research designed to bring hospice quality data to the public,” said Wendy Lynch, CCCHC director. “Their groundbreaking work will ensure that publicly available data will be useful and meaningful to health care consumers making very difficult end of life health care choices.” Read the press release here.

Grieving children of veterans. The American Hospice Foundation is pleased to provide support to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (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. 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.

“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.”               Read the press release here.

WE NEED YOUR HELP. How can you help ensure advocacy for hospice care continues?

  • Use and share our free materials on hospice and caregiving. Materials like Choosing a Hospice and Providing Care at Home: Can I Do It? are available now, free of charge, on www.americanhospice.org.
  • Use and share our free tools for employers and schools on grief. AHF has been providing tools and materials to employers and schools for years to support our national Grief at Work and Grief at School campaigns. .
  • Support your local hospice. Should you want to donate to hospice, we recommend you search your local community for a deserving hospice, as there are many that need support.

When I look back over the past two decades, I am both astonished and proud to see how far our nation has come in its awareness of the value of hospice – and am grateful for your support in the efforts of AHF to help drive this sea change.

Thank you for your part in our efforts. I know each of us shares a personal commitment to what has been AHF’s broader vision—to make the finest care at life’s end an integral part of our culture. That is how I know that AHF’s legacy will live on in each of us.


For all of us at AHF, I am gratefully yours,

Naomi Naierman