Day: October 1, 2021

A woman's hands holding a red heart in a hospice care setting.
Reflections of Life

Anonymous Voices – Love in Action

You never hear or see their names. In an alpha donor listing it says “Anonymous”. Sometimes that moniker is repeated for a full page. It is truly their first and last name. Regardless of the gift size there is something powerful in the silence. Their message rings of support without fanfare and the mission is more important than the recognition. I have had whispers in my ear from donors that pledge from their life’s work because they LOVE the impact of their gifts. I have had donors bring gifts in kind or provided services free without anyone knowing what they have

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Two women in pink shirts providing hospice care in front of a door.
Reflections of Life

Two Lives, Two Hearts, One Journey

The sunset road is tread by two. One is the individual with limited time left in life, and the other is the primary caregiver. Both are walking that road with all its twists and turns — sometimes uphill, sometimes down. Those who have never walked that road will get a glimpse of this experience through the eyes of 98-year-old Ann Bush, our inspiration, and her daughter Cornelia. Here is their story. Cornelia As a caregiver, I have learned to balance my life and work by being self-employed and working from home. It has made it possible to spend quality time with

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A man in a military uniform receives an award for his exceptional dedication to hospice care.
Reflections of Life

Generation to Generation – Honoring Heroes

A verse and chorus tells the story of those in uniform: And I will always do my dutyNo matter what the priceI’ve counted up the costI know the sacrificeOh, and I don’t want to die for youBut if dyin’s asked of meI’ll bear that cross with honor‘Cause freedom don’t come free I’m an American soldier, an AmericanBeside my brothers and my sistersI will proudly take a standWhen liberty’s in jeopardyI will always do what’s rightI’m out here on the front linessleep in peace tonightAmerican soldier, I’m an American soldier By Toby Keith These words ring true for those who love a

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Reflections of love logo in hospice care.
Reflections of Life

Reflections of Love

The holidays can be a very difficult and even lonely time for those who are grieving. What started out as a single tree being lit in Titusville as a way to give families a place to reflect and honor their loved ones that passed away during the year, has grown over the past 3 years to include five cities in Brevard County. We changed the name of the event to Reflections of Love to align with the purpose of the event, reflecting on those we have loved and lost. Reflections of Love tree lightings are open to everyone in the community

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A group of business people in the hospice care industry standing in front of a building.
Reflections of Life

Meeting the growing need

St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care is pleased to announce construction on a new, centrally-located 10-bed in-patient hospice care center. The center will be located at Melbourne Regional Medical Center at 250 N. Wickham Road. The goal is to meet Brevard County’s growing population needs with quality in-patient hospice and respite care closer to home. “We know that there is a growing need for greater access to hospice care close to home,” said Joe Killian, President and CEO of the nonprofit. “Data shows us that a significant number of our patients reside in the Melbourne area, yet there isn’t a hospice care

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A man with question marks above his head seeks clarification regarding hospice care.
Reflections of Life

I Don’t Know What to Say! What Should I Say

The first time you meet a friend who has recently lost a spouse or other family member, you find it very difficult to know what to say.  Remember that your friend probably feels similarly out of their depth while carrying a heavy load of grief.  Take the initiative and reach out first.  Start with saying that you are sorry about their loss of a loved one – and say their name. Relate a happy memory of the person who has recently died.  Sharing these stories helps the grieving move through their struggle to cope with their new life.  Don’t deny the

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