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Often times people who are given the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness have a list of things they would like to do, places they would like to see, and people they want to visit with, before the end of their life.  Our culture sometimes calls these wishes a “bucket list”. As you draw near to the end of life, your “bucket list” has a tendency to get very focused on the things that really matter.  This was the case for one of Serenity HospiceCare’s patien... Read More
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I have often said that we are never more fulfilled than when we find ourselves devoted to the selfless care of others. Being a caregiver is a privilege; we are entrusted with the very life and well-being of another living soul. However, being a caregiver is also weary work. It can leave us desperately depleted if we do not take the measures necessary to ensure that the well of our own resources does not run dry, as we pour out our love and compassion on others. 1. Care for Yourself We&rs... Read More
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Trish Courtois, a social worker at Serenity HospiceCare, has a special place in her heart for those who are coping with the grief of losing a loved one. While working with families in her bereavement coordinator role, she began to see a need for a unique kind of grief support group for adults. Courtois is launching Healing Hearts to fill that need. She describes the group as a safe place for people who have lost a loved one to express their grief, share their memories and honor them through re... Read More
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Jason Crabb, Grammy-winning Christian artist, will perform at Harvest Christian Centre on Saturday, September 10, at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Serenity HospiceCare, a spiritually-based, non-profit hospice organization that has served patients and families in the area since 1989. Crabb has earned 21 Dove Awards, including Artist, Male Vocalist and Song of the Year. His musical career began with his siblings as a member of the Crabb family, and he launched his first solo album... Read More
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There are many misconceptions about hospice. Some of those misconceptions is that the end is near, that life is over… but it’s not. Sometimes the best way to explain what hospice is, is to share what it is not.   Hospice is NOT: Giving up Losing hope, Quitting, Or just letting someone die.    Hospice is about getting the help, the relief, the medical care and the emotional support that you or a loved one need right now. It doesn’t guarantee that y... Read More
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A hospice nurse was recently asked, “How can you work in hospice – it must be so sad!” She answered, “I love providing highly-skilled, compassionate care because I know I make a huge difference in the quality of a person’s life. I love that I can use my training as a nurse to bring comfort and dignity to my patients, and seeing the relief on their faces and on the faces of those who care for them. I love that I can offer practical solutions to patients and famil... Read More
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