Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley’s Bereavement Coordinator, Kay DePerno is announcing a new grief support group in the southern part of St. Lawrence County beginning May 10th.
The Navigating Grief Workshop will meet the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at Lawrence Manor in Gouverneur, NY.
This program is for adults who want to learn how to manage the death of a loved one – whatever the relationship. At this workshop participants will have the opportunity to speak with others who have experienced a loss and learn more about grief.
This is a free support group and open to anyone (a previous Hospice affiliation is not needed).
Please contact Kay DePerno, M.Ed., CT at (315) 265-3105 or email@example.com to register.
Ginger Storey-Welch, a long-time Hospice Patient Volunteer, talks with North Country Matters host Donna Seymour about the rewards and opportunities of being a volunteer with Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley. They discuss what Hospice is, how to volunteer, the training, and the kinds of volunteer opportunities there are.
She shares some of the heartfelt stories of people whose final days were filled with warm memories and last wishes granted thanks to the caring of Hospice staff and volunteers.
The number one feedback we get from patients and families is “I wish we had called sooner”. While having an serious illness that will limit your life is part of qualifying for services, it is not the focus. Comfort, joy, family and LIVING – whatever that means for each individual – is the focus. Our dedicated staff work endlessly to make every day on Hospice as good as it can be!
For more information on the benefits of Hospice Care call our office at 315-265-3105.
If you are interested in becoming a Hospice Volunteer, contact Linda Caamaño at 315-265-3105 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Our next event will be Tuesday, March 6th from 5:30-7:30p.m. at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. This event will feature a special look at the funeral planning process and provide participants to have their questions answered by a member of the St. Lawrence County Funeral Director Association. RSVP to Deborah C. Lauther at (315) 261-5413 or email@example.com.
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!
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 email@example.com for more information and to register.