Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley invites community members to join them for their quarterly book discussion group. The next group will be held in April 2018. Please check back for a date and the book to be discussed!
What is advanced care planning?
Advanced care planning is about planning for the “what ifs” that may occur across a person’s entire lifespan. ACP is about doing what you can now to ensure the health care treatment you receive is consistent with your wishes and preferences, should you be unable to make your own decisions or speak for yourself. Whether someone is healthy today, facing an acute illness, a long-term chronic illness or a terminal illness, advanced care planning helps alleviate unnecessary suffering, improves quality of life and provides a better understanding of the decision-making challenges any individual may face. Everyone, of every age, should be able to live and die in a manner that is best suited to their individual needs and wishes.
Did you know, more than 70% of Americans would prefer to die at home, yet only about 25% of deaths occur at home? At the same time, 90% of Americans recognize the importance of talking with loved ones about their end-of-life care, but fewer than 30% have actually done so. Often this is due to a lack of understanding about a person’s choices and rights, as well as the fear and denial of facing one’s own mortality.
Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley is teaming up with community organizations and business across St. Lawrence County to present Dying To Talk – a series aimed at uncovering the myths surrounding advanced care planning and end-of-life care through conversations focused on facing death and embracing life. Hospice recognizes that life is a terminal diagnosis and everyone should have the opportunity to express their wishes regarding what they want the end of their life to look like. This group-directed discussion will enable participants to discuss topics such as health care options, end-of-life treatments, advanced care planning, funerals, dying and other topics our culture tends to shy away from.
Hospice and its partners invite you help abolish the stigma and join us in a lively conversation about a subject we shouldn’t be so quiet about – death!
Check out our Events Calendar to see upcoming Dying To Talk events in your community.
Interested in hosting your own Dying To Talk event? Contact Hospice’s Marketing & Events Coordinator at (315) 265-3105 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley is known for providing high quality end-of-life care and grief support, however, there are many aspects of our services people are unaware of or do not fully understand. In an effort to dispel some of the myths surrounding hospice care, and in celebration of National Hospice Month, Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley is hosting a month-long awareness campaign. The campaign will kick off with Hospice’s 9th Annual Radiothon on November 2nd and continue throughout the month of November.
The Annual Radiothon to Benefit Hospice is more than just a fundraiser! Each fall, community members tune in to listen to powerful stories from individuals who have been directly impacted by our services including friends and family members whose loved ones were cared for by Hospice, healthcare providers who collaborate with Hospice, community members who have participated in education or support programs, and Hospice volunteers who offer their time to help comfort patients.
Easily our most important educational tool, speakers give listeners insight to the special kind of compassionate care and support Hospice provides. Thanks to the teamwork of many local radio stations, this fundraiser features a live broadcast from the Hospice Center. The Radiothon for Hospice is simulcast to an estimated 75,000 listeners in St. Lawrence County and Southern Ontario on the following radio stations:
- WQTK/92.7 FM
- WLFK/95.3 FM
- WMSA/1340 AM
with support from:
- WSNN/99.3 FM
- WYSX/96.7FM and
Tune in on November 2nd to learn more!
Make a pledge online at www.hospiceradiothon.org
If you’re interested in sharing your Hospice experience, contact Kellie Hitchman at email@example.com or (315)265-3105 by Oct. 31st!
It’s all about having a Plan!
It’s natural to be tangled up in grief during the holidays and not want to participate in anything or staying busy to forget. This three-session series explores how your grief is impacted by the holidays; offers ideas to navigate holiday demands, encourages making time to de-tangle and practice good self-care as well as ways to remember your loved one at holiday celebrations.
A free grief holiday planner is available for participants.
November 18th ∙ December 9th ∙ January 27th, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
The Hospice Center
6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam
Contact Kay DePerno at (315) 265-3105 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register.
Our popular Gourmet Brunch fundraiser celebrates the important partnership of Hospice donors and volunteers. Thanks to generous community support, participants enjoy an exceptional four-course meal and dining experience while raising much needed funds to support our important programs. Tastes of Autumn will take place on Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at the River Road Restaurant in the Massena Country Club.
Tastes highlights the special talents of our friends and neighbors. Everyone from the chefs preparing the entrees to the wait staff are volunteering their time and talents to support our important work. In addition to the main entrees, guests can expect to enjoy specialty soup, salad, bread and desserts all provided by local area businesses.
Tickets are available for purchase by contacting the Hospice Center at (315)265-3105.