Bereaved Families Face Serious Health, Financial Hardships

Grieving family members often suffer physical symptoms and severe financial burdens following the death of a loved one. More than 70% of respondents to a survey by the bereavement care tech platform Empathy reported at least one mental health symptom for a few weeks after the death of a loved one; 58% indicated that the […]

Hospice Providers Increasingly Using Bereavement Support as Employee-Retention Lever

Hospices competing for sparse staffing resources are increasingly recognizing the retention value of including grief care support in their benefits packages. Having bereavement services built into employee benefits packages has a two-pronged impact on hospice worker retention and recruitment, according to Betterleave CEO Cara McCarty Abbott. Employees that have access to grief support services are […]

Maribel Health Secures $25 Million in Series A Round, Aims to Build High-Acuity Home Care, Hospice Programs

The digital health startup Maribel Health has completed a $25 million Series A round led by General Catalyst, aimed at building out its home-based care platform. Maribel partners with health care providers to support their efforts to design and expand the services they offer in the home setting, including home health agencies, hospices, palliative care […]

Tech Companies Empathy, Sharecare Partner to Add Bereavement Support to Employment Benefits

Technology firms Empathy and Sharecare (NASDAQ: SHCR) have partnered to expand the benefits that companies can offer to bereaved employees. Sharecare offers a platform that is designed to unify all the elements of an employee’s benefits to help them navigate their continuum of needs. Through this partnership, employees will be able to access Empathy’s bereavement […]

10 ‘Hidden Gem’ Hospice News Stories from 2022

Huge acquisitions, the labor shortage and regulation dominated the news this year, but other important trends emerged that warrant attention. Below are 10 of this year’s “hidden gem” stories that didn’t quite make our top 10 most read. These cover the innovative partnerships, new technologies, pediatric care, health equity and other key developments in the […]

The Rise of Tech-Enabled Grief Care

A proliferating number of startups are developing tech solutions and services to support bereaved families, employing a range of business models — including partnerships with hospices. This budding industry includes a number of rapidly expanding companies of varying size and scale. Some, such as the tech firms Empathy and Betterleave, have secured millions in investor […]

Vermont, Utah Ranked ‘Best Places to Die’ by Policygenius

Facing mortality is never easy, but patients and families may see fewer hardships in some geographies. Some signs point to Vermont and Utah as states in which people were more likely to have a better end-of-life experience, whereas families in New Jersey or New York may encounter more difficulties. A recent analysis by the insurance […]

Is Bereavement Care Going High Tech?

As hospice and palliative care providers seek ways to engage patients and families further upstream, a small but growing cadre of entrepreneurs has been building solutions for needs that emerge downstream — when families are navigating the aftermath of a loved one’s death. Bereaved families must cope not only with grief, but necessary tasks such […]

NHPCO Launches Partnership with Grief Care Tech Firm Empathy

The National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is partnering with tech company Empathy. The collaboration will allow members of the nation’s largest hospice industry trade group to offer a co-branded version of the Empathy app to their patients and families. The Empathy application is designed to help families navigate the logistical aspects of bereavement, […]

Grief Care Company Empathy On a Roll with New Investors

Empathy has raised an additional $30 million in Series A funds, led by Entrée Capital, with participation from General Catalyst and Aleph. The company has secured a series of investments this year, including a $13 million infusion in April. In this recent round of funding, General Catalyst and Aleph doubled their initial investments in Empathy, […]