If you missed Alive Hospiceâ€™sÂ Grief During the Holidays seminar onÂ Nov. 21, don’t worry! Weâ€™re pleased to provide a live-tweet transcript. Click here for highlights from the seminar.
November marks 38 years of service for Alive Hospice, and itâ€™s also National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. With this in mind, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has issued a proclamation celebrating hospice care and those who provide it.
Mayor Dean visited Alive Hospice to present the proclamation during an anniversary celebration on Nov. 20. A few words from the mayor:
â€śFor 38 years, Alive Hospice has played a special role in our community and helps make Nashville the giving and caring city that it is,â€ť Mayor Karl Dean said. â€śThe service Alive Hospice provides is a vital one, and I congratulate and thank them for the special kind of care that they provide.â€ť
Thank you, Mayor Dean!
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from Alive Hospice’s
38th anniversary celebration!
|Â Ruth Williams|
Many of us complain about how quickly the holiday decorations go up in the stores nowadays. It seems as if some stores donâ€™t even wait for Halloween to signal the beginning of the season. Each year, I am surprised at how quickly the end of the year â€śslidesâ€ť by and weâ€™re somehow instantly greeting the new year.
Itâ€™s not so quick for some.
When youâ€™ve experienced the loss of a loved one, and this is your first Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year, etc. (or for that matter it may even be the second or third) without that precious loved one physically there with you to celebrate, it may be the slowest, most difficult time of the year to endure. Yes, I said â€śendure.â€ť
Itâ€™s hard to see others with their smiles and laughter when all you can think about is who is missing in your life.
Others who love you may wonder what to say, or may quietly wish youâ€™d just â€śget over it.â€ť They donâ€™t get it, do they? They donâ€™t understand that there is no perfect timeline, no magic answer, no â€śrightâ€ť way to grieve.
The holidays just seem to put an exclamation point after â€śSheâ€™s gone and I miss her terribly!â€ť
Alive Hospice’s Grief During the Holidays seminars are one way to get some helpful tips to get through these next days. And our winter support groups are another way in which to give yourself some welcome support during a challenging time. Sadly, at times, even those most close to us donâ€™t have the words to comfort us or the understanding to help get us through another day, week, or month.
Every day can be tough, dealing with the loss of a loved one. Add the season of celebration and it simply may be â€śtoo much.â€ť Please allow us to reach out and take your hand and accompany you on this journey. We canâ€™t make it go away, but we might be able to help.
Lean on us!
- RSVP for our holiday grief seminars here.
- Get more information about our winter support groups here.
- Call us at 615-963-4732 for information about individual grief counseling and other services offered by Alive Grief Support.
November marks the beginning of the holiday season, but it also has another significance: Itâ€™s Alive Hospice Month in Murfreesboro.
Mayor Tommy Bragg has issued a proclamation designating November as Alive Hospice Month, recognizing the Middle Tennessee nonprofit and the comfort and support it provides. The mayor recently presented the proclamation at the home of Alive Hospice board member Lynn Lien and Dr. George Lien during a celebration of the nonprofit agencyâ€™s work in Rutherford County.
â€śItâ€™s a pleasure to present to your team this proclamation on behalf of the Murfreesboro City Council talking about hospice and reminding ourselves that your team provides care to people facing life-limiting illnesses, support to their families and service to the community in a spirit of enriching lives,â€ť Mayor Bragg said. â€śWe are very proud and pleased to have you in Murfreesboro and look forward to long years of service.â€ť
Alive Hospiceâ€™s service in Rutherford County in 2012 included:
- Care and support for 324 patients and their families
- 529 hours of service given by Alive Hospice volunteers.Â (Would YOU like to volunteer? Click here.)
- Grief support services including counseling for adults and children as well as grief support groups and a Grief During the Holidays seminar. (Our 2013 holiday grief seminars are coming up! Click here for more information)
- Two camps providing support to 58 grieving children and teens: Camp Forget-Me-Not and the Alive Teen Retreat
â€śAlive Hospice wants everyone in Murfreesboro to know they can lean on us in difficult times of life. Weâ€™re here for patients and families affected by life-limiting illnesses, and weâ€™re here to give support after losses,â€ť said Alive Hospice President and CEO Anna-Gene Oâ€™Neal. â€śDuring Alive Hospice Month, we encourage everyone to learn more about hospice care, our grief support services and community education that we provide year-round. We hope theyâ€™ll get involved as volunteers and keep Alive Hospice in mind as they give in support of local charities this holiday season.â€ť
Alive Hospice welcomed nearly 100 people forÂ ourÂ Fourth Annual Faith Leaders Conference. Speakers at this year’s conference included Alive Hospice Chaplains Phyllis Sublett, Gene Lovelace and Mark Russell, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Shuster and Social Worker Jessica Love.
- Honoring Silence: What Not to Say
- Near-Death Awareness: What to Listen For
- Keynote: The Healing Power of Forgiveness
- Congregational Grief: How to Help Those Experiencing Loss
- Preparing Caregivers, Families and Patients
We live-tweeted the conference, so if you were unable to attend,Â weâ€™re pleased to provideÂ a transcript!Â Click here to view highlights from each presentation.
Hint:Â You donâ€™t need to know ages or sizes. Budget is no object. It truly shows you love those around you.
How about completing advance directives and talking with your loved ones about your wishes? We think it’s one of the most meaningful gifts you can give because it protects the people you love. How? Because they’d know what you’d want if an illness strikes. (Can you imagine having to guess what someone would want? How would you ever know unless they had already told you?)
It’s a nontraditional gift, we’ll grant you, but gifts that are out of the ordinary can make the best gifts.
This holiday season,Â The Gift Initiative of Alive Hospice is helping adults give the gift byÂ filling out an advance directive form and having the conversation with those you love about your end-of-life care preferences.
Here’s what we’re doing:
- We’re showing people that advance directives are not something to be feared, but instead a GIFT to the people you love. (That’s a good thing!)
- We’ve added new tools and content to our website (which has been redesigned, by the way!)
- We’re giving a FREE workshop on Nov. 15 from 12 to 1 p.m. It’s called “Preparing an Advance Directive in 7 Steps,” and it’s designed for anyone who’s ever wondered how to get started and what’s involved. We’ll walk you through it! We’ll even provide lunch. (But we do need to know that you’re coming! To RSVP, contact Keith King at 615-346-8418 or click here.)
- We can bring workshops to YOU. Click here for more information.
- We’re hosting a live Twitter chat on advance directives with mommie blogger Sami Cone (@TheSamiCone on Twitter) and Alive Hospice Community Outreach Coordinator Keith King (tweeting from @AliveHospice). Join us on Nov. 12 at 8pm CST! (Use hashtag #TheGiftInitiative.)
- We’re giving you a way to share that you’ve completed your advance directives! We’ve got an “I Gave the Gift Today!” printable for you to use. Just take a photo of yourself holding the printable and post your pic on our Facebook page or on Twitter (use hashtag #TheGiftInitiative).Â
Give the gift this holiday season!
In times of illness and loss, faith leaders play an important role in comforting, supporting and guiding.
Alive Hospiceâ€™s Fourth Annual Faith Leaders Conference will offer a time of contemplation on the needs of the dying, spiritual experiences at the end of life and ways to help the grieving.
This interfaith conference is free and will be held Oct. 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Georgeâ€™s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Road in Nashville. Alive Hospice welcomes faith leaders of all traditions to attend, as well as anyone with an interest in spirituality and the end of life. This yearâ€™s theme: â€śCompassionate Reminders.â€ť
Registration will continue through Oct. 1. To RSVP, call 615-346-8418 or e-mail email@example.com. Space is limited, and lunch will be provided.
- Honoring Silence (What Not To Say)
- Near Death Awareness (What To Listen For)
- The Healing Power Of Forgiveness
- Addressing Congregational Grief
Speakers will include Alive HospiceÂ chaplainsÂ Gene Lovelace and Phyllis Sublett, ourÂ chief medical officer,Â Dr. John Shuster (a candidate for the master of divinity degree), andÂ Alive Hospice Social Worker Jessica Love. This conference is part of Alive Hospiceâ€™s ongoing commitment to community education, care for all who are affected by terminal illnesses and support for those touched by grief and loss.
Get a preview of Alive Hospice’s 4th annual Faith Leaders Conference on NewsChannel5+’s “Issues of Faith”
The end of life brings with it a variety of needs of the body, mind and spirit. What role does faith play at the end of life? What are the spiritual needs of the dying and their loved ones, and how can faith help during that difficult and sacred time?
These questions and more will be the focus of Alive Hospice’s 4th annual Faith Leaders Conference on Compassionate Reminders coming up on Oct. 3.
You can get a preview of the conference on NewsChannel5+’s “Issue of Faith” program this month with host Ben Hall, Alive Hospice Chaplain Gene Lovelace and Community Outreach Coordinator Keith King.
â€śIssues of Faithâ€ť will air several times in September on NewsChannel5+ (Comcast channel 250). Hereâ€™s when you can catch it:
Sept. 5: 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 6: 5 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sept. 7: 7 p.m.
Sept. 8: 7 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 9: 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 10: 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 19: 1 p.m.
Sept. 20: 5 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sept. 21: 7 p.m.
Sept. 22: 7 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Alive Hospice’s 4th annual Faith Leaders Conference is open to anyone who has an interest in spiritual care at the end of life. The conference will be held on Oct. 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville. For more information or to register, contact Keith King at 615-346-8418 or click here.