Grief Counselor, *$3,500 SIGN ON BONUS* Murfreesboro, TN (Full Time)

Grief Counselor (Full Time)

Location: Hybrid/ MurfreesboroStatus: Regular Full Time Days: Monday - Friday Hours: 40/week


The Alive Hospice Grief Counselor provides grief counseling and bereavement support services to hospice patients, their families and the community at large.


  1. Provides counseling, in the office, for issues related to terminal illness, death or bereavement, to hospice patients, their families and others in the community.
  2. Provides bereavement counseling, via home visits, to Alive Hospice families, as needed.
  3. Completes documentation as part of client/patient records in a timely manner, and denoting their progress.
  4. Makes referrals to and/or activates other community resources on behalf of clients/patients when appropriate.
  5. Makes appropriate referrals to other community resources, as needed , for clients ineligible for Alive Hospice services.
  6. Facilitates care- giver and bereavement support groups, as requested by Director of the Grief Center, for Alive Hospice families and the community.
  7. Assists in training volunteers as requested by Director of the Grief Center.
  8. Provides educational presentations and information about Alive Hospice services, death, dying and bereavement issues for service providers, the educational community, congregations, businesses, other professionals, professional organizations and community service organizations.
  9. Describes bereavement services and provides crisis counseling to phone inquirers.
  10. Maximizes opportunities to enhance visibility of bereavement services within the agency and within the service area.
  11. Participates in special projects and other duties, as assigned.


Ability to read, analyze, interpret and evaluate professional healthcare journals, business oriented reports and simple legal documents. Ability to professionally and effectively respond to inquiries, complaints and requests for education from patients, families, healthcare professionals and community members. Ability to write and deliver speeches and in-services for various levels of audiences. Ability to effectively advocate for professional discipline, agency, patient and family with external and internal parties. Ability to make presentations which are clear and provide accurate educational information.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Ability to define and clarify problems, collect all relevant input, draw valid conclusions and enact appropriate and effective solutions. Display high level of personal and professional maturity, maintain and assist others to maintain appropriate boundaries. Ability to analyze care needs, resources and allocate responsibilities. Ability to interpret an extensive array of theoretical constructs and technical applications in healthcare and confounding areas.


Licensed by the State of Tennessee as an L.C.S.W. or completion of supervisory hours required for licensure preferred. If required to drive to carry out the duties of this position: current driver's license and automobile insurance as required by Tennessee State Law.


Professional maturity and the ability to respond effectively and calmly with emotionally distressed individuals. Reliable transportation. Ability to set and maintain appropriate professional boundaries with individual clients and group members which includes refraining from dual or multiple relationships with said clients.

Communication and Relationship Skills: Exemplifies high level of written oral and listening communication skills, always respecting patient confidentiality.

Agency Policy and Philosophy: Communicates and supports agency mission and values in all professional interactions.

Continuing Education: Seeks to improve knowledge and skills relative to performance of job and personal growth.

Quality and Performance Improvement: Participates in new and continuing programs designed to monitor and improve quality and performance relevant to the mission and philosophy of Alive Hospice, Inc.

Teamwork: Functions consistently and collaboratively as an integral part of the Grief Center department and other committees (etc.) bringing experience and education to contribute to optimal team functions and outcomes.

Ethics: Demonstrates a high level of work, personal and professional ethics.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Occasionally required to drive an automobile.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, infectious diseases, and use of an automobile. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Usually in a general office setting.



The agency requires this position to complete 15 hours of continuing education per year covering topics that will contribute to improvements in carrying out the above responsibilities. Regulatory agencies may require some disciplines to have additional hours in order to be licensed or certified.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily, including meeting the required competencies. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Master's degree from an accredited School of Social Work or related field (i.e. counseling, psychology, etc.); minimum of two years of post Master's experience in a hospice, medical or mental health setting or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of one year postmaster's experience conducting individual, family and/or group therapy in the above setting preferred.