Junior League Done in a Day!

I would like to extend a huge thank you to members of the Junior League of Savannah who spent their Saturday morning outfitting and beautifying  our children’s room at Hospice House as part of their Done in a Day projects.  The Done in a Day Committee completes one-day service projects for a variety of non-profit…

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Dispelling the Myths

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is October 12, 2013. As pioneers in this field in our community we will continue to dispel the following inaccurate perceptions: MYTH: Having hospice and palliative care means you will die soon. FACT: Hospice and palliative care is not just for the end of life. It is a holistic…

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Let the Bidding Begin!

One of the most fun and lively events in our Hospice Savannah calendar is coming up on the evening of Friday, October 18th. Make plans to join me at the closing reception of our 5th annual 5 by 7 Art Auction when over 150 miniature masterpieces will be up for bid. This year’s judge,  Telfair…

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Adding Life!

Hospice Savannah used to have a tag line for its advertising that read “Adding Life to Days”. Even though we don’t use that tagline much anymore, we certainly still believe it! I think this recent image of a patient celebrating her 99th birthday speaks to the love and joy we strive to offer our patients…

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Let’s Talk about Dying

Slow down and take the time to watch this powerful TED talk (Click here). We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” in the words of intensive care physician, Peter Saul. He calls on us to make clear our preferences for end of life care – and suggests two questions for starting…

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Labor Day Reflections

As we enter into the Labor Day weekend I’d like to again express my appreciation to our staff and volunteers for the wonderful work they do. A recent phone call I received reminded me just  how precious and important that work is. Mrs. T. first wanted to thank me for the Veteran Certificate she had…

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Save the date for our next lecture series!

One of the important ways we give back to our community is through education. Each year we host a lecture series to educate both the public and the medical community about different aspects of hospice and palliative care. Its not too early to mark your calendar for our 2014 Hospice Savannah Lecture Series on January…

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Comfort to those who Grieve

Betsy Kammerud and the other bereavement staff and volunteers did a wonderful job at this month’s Memorial Service.  Their thoughtful words and compassion helped those in attendance to continue their healing. We had upwards of 80 people in attendance, many of whom shared stories and “miracles” as some participants described them. One story built upon…

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Nelson Mandela and raising awareness of Palliative Care

Nelson Mandela’s illness has put the spotlight on Palliative Care, and that’s a good thing. Here at Hospice Savannah we have forged the way to offer palliative care both at Memorial Health UMC and at St. Joseph’s/Candler. A 2010 New England Journal of Medicine paper found patients who receive early palliative care experienced less depression,…

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