Music and Memory

Many of you have seen the moving U Tube clip of Henry, an elderly non-communicative nursing home patient “coming alive” as he hears music from his favorite artist Cab Calloway playing though headphones.  The clip, which went viral with more than 11 millions views, is taken from the 2012 documentary Alive Inside: A Story of…

A message from our Hospice House volunteer coordinator

Not every one has the time to go through our extensive volunteer training and volunteer on a regular basis, but hosting a snack drive is an easy and meaningful way for community volunteer groups, Sunday school classes, school groups, etc. to help Hospice Savannah! Our Hospice House volunteers stock a Hospice House Family Kitchen. It’s…

A Yoga Relay Fundraiser!

One of the most healing things we can offer exhausted caregivers at the Edel Caregiver Institute is an hour of deep breathing and relaxation, coupled with some basic stretching yoga poses. Caregivers are notoriously bad about taking time for themselves, but when they do, they can be deeply restored. The yoga community has been very…

Happy Fourth!

Hospice Savannah recognizes our patients who are veterans with a Pinning Ceremony conducted by a fellow member from their branch of the armed services. The patient pictured was a recipient of both a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service and bravery in Normandy during WWII. It is our hope and goal that our…

For my Dad on Fathers’ Day

“I have two pictures of who my dad is. It is a classic before and after kind of thing. My dad was my champion, my bedtime story reader, a compass with which to direct my life, and the person whose opinion I often sought first. I never thought of him as Superman because I always…

Who Cares for the Family Caregiver?

We appreciate Gabreille Ware’s  GPB broadcast on the issues facing family caregivers. Take a listen! As she points out, our Edel Caregiver Institute is the only institute in the state that provides hands-on training to caregivers. Additionally, we provide a full array of supportive classes – including a wonderfully relaxing restorative yoga taught by volunteer…

Our annual report to the community

Tomorrow is our 2016 Annual Meeting when we thank Board members who have served in the past and welcome new officers and members. Each attendee will receive a copy of our 2015 Annual Report to the Community.  While other hospices have a mission of making profits to satisfy the demands of shareholders, not-for-profit  Hospice Savannah…

Empathy Eases Death’s Pain

So often we are at a loss for words when someone dies. How do we express our sadness while extending comfort to the bereaved? In this beautiful NPR piece, Ann Finkbeiner speaks of the almost magical healing she experienced from caring friends, family and neighbors following the death of her 80 year-old husband. She writes, “Empathy…