Blog Employee Spotlight: Jean Behrens, LSCW

I have been a social worker for 30 years, and East End Hospice was my first job out of graduate school. I was a field social worker, and the “North Fork” was my territory. It was an amazing experience and set me on my course. I have since worked in other hospices doing patient care and bereavement for adults and children. Three years ago, I came back to EEH as the Adult Bereavement Coordinator. I have the opportunity to further develop a one-of-a-kind program with some of the most talented bereavement specialists on Long Island.


It is a privilege to be let into someone’s life at their darkest moment. The most rewarding days are when I see the joy in the eyes of someone sure they would never smile again or when groups of strangers turn into support for one another and friendships blossom. Facilitating that healing is extremely rewarding.


I wish more people knew about what hospice does. People often come to us when their loved ones are so close to death, and then they realize what could have been. People often comment on the team approach and its benefits. 


Anytime a person decides to work in a health care profession, it’s essential to find different ways to take care of yourself. I enjoy spending time outdoors, as much as possible, swimming, hiking, and kayaking, but my secret passion is walking the shores collecting beach glass from all over the world. 


The entire agency’s work is high quality and delivered with such compassion. I am so proud to be a part of the team. I have never worked with so many people in the same place that can make me laugh. Having a good sense of humor is a must at EEH.


Thank you, Jeannie, for your 30 years of experience helping patients and their families navigate the end-of-life journey and for supporting grieving individuals, families, and youth.