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Surrender

Freedom to Speak A chaplain’s journey with someone may often begin like this: “Hello. My name is _______. I am a chaplain. I am available to you to listen to anything you may want or need to discuss regarding how you are thinking and feeling about your life today.” Chaplains tend to the Spirit of [...]

By |2020-07-28T20:17:02+00:00July 28th, 2020|News & Press Releases|Comments Off on Surrender

What is this “New Normal?”

Today perhaps more than any other time in history grief is being talked about throughout our country. The global pandemic has introduced grief into our everyday conversations. No longer is grief a term used exclusively to describe the feeling of sorrow after the death of a loved one.  Grief is being used to name collective [...]

By |2020-07-27T17:12:41+00:00July 23rd, 2020|News & Press Releases|Comments Off on What is this “New Normal?”

Covid-19 Through the Lens of a Triage Nurse

As the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic wears on, patients and families on Unity’s hospice and palliative services have undoubtedly been facing increased challenges. It is easy to see how isolated many of our patients and families must feel at times. Typically, perspectives and stories from the hospice and palliative care fields are not highlighted in the [...]

By |2020-07-16T19:50:27+00:00July 16th, 2020|News & Press Releases|Comments Off on Covid-19 Through the Lens of a Triage Nurse

Healing Through the Arts

Me, Creative? Even if you don't think you have an artistic bone in your body, you may have experienced the process of creating. You may have engaged in “creative” activities and not even realized it. For example, have you built a piece of furniture, photo shopped family photos on your phone, tweaked a recipe or [...]

By |2020-06-18T17:48:08+00:00May 12th, 2020|News & Press Releases|Comments Off on Healing Through the Arts

Hospice Volunteering

When I was called upon to write a blog for the Volunteer Department, I was a bit reticent. I only just started with Unity on March 2. The first week and a half of my employment was spent in orientation with HR getting an overview of Unity’s mission, vision, values, and various departments. The first [...]

By |2020-06-29T17:24:36+00:00May 1st, 2020|News & Press Releases|Comments Off on Hospice Volunteering

Caring for Grief Through Complementary Therapies

COVID – 19 Losses As we make our way in a COVID – 19 world, we are experiencing all sorts of losses. Missed events. Disrupted routines. Shaken security. Navigating illness or a death while social distancing from family and friends. Losses experienced at this time may be impacting your personal identity, employment, relationships, quality of [...]

By |2020-07-14T15:32:36+00:00April 28th, 2020|News & Press Releases|Comments Off on Caring for Grief Through Complementary Therapies

Talking with Seniors and Those With Underlying Health Conditions About Social Distancing

With the global pandemic of COVID-19 now reaching our communities, it’s more important than ever to adhere to social distancing guidelines. This is particularly critical for the most at-risk groups, including the elderly and those facing life-limiting illness. So how do you engage in positive conversation with loved ones in order to convince them to [...]

By |2020-03-20T18:51:17+00:00March 20th, 2020|News & Press Releases|Comments Off on Talking with Seniors and Those With Underlying Health Conditions About Social Distancing

Care Choices at End-of-Life

Most people are familiar with the quote by Benjamin Franklin, “…but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. While both of these topics are quite interesting, this article is going to focus on death. Well over 200 years ago, a prominent figure wrote about the certainty of death. [...]

By |2020-03-10T19:49:46+00:00March 10th, 2020|News & Press Releases|Comments Off on Care Choices at End-of-Life

Top Regrets of the Dying

This was originally written by a nurse, Bonnie Ware, who made it a practice to ask her patients before they die — of their regrets. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of [...]

By |2020-02-25T17:37:12+00:00February 25th, 2020|News & Press Releases|Comments Off on Top Regrets of the Dying

Why Hospice Why Now?

As a medical oncologist and a hospice director I am often asked, “Isn’t your job depressing?” This question is then typically followed by “you must be a special person” and a “thank you for all you do”. For the longest time I was unsure how to respond to these statements and questions so I simply [...]

By |2020-01-27T19:24:19+00:00January 27th, 2020|News & Press Releases|Comments Off on Why Hospice Why Now?
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