Day: April 1, 2022

A woman providing hospice care assists an elderly woman with a walker.
Reflections of Life

Calling All Hearts

What does it take to make a day better and brighter for those we serve? Our volunteers look for those opportunities. Sometimes it is a phone call, a personal visit or a hand written note of encouragement. Sometimes it is bringing lovely therapy pets to those who need a little snuggle and love. Sometimes it is a hand-made quilt, a helping hand or an upper-hand on the work in the office. As many volunteers know there is a job for everyone to make a difference. During the pandemic our volunteers rallied to each change we had hitting us. But also during

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Four women in blue tie dye shirts, who specialize in hospice care, posing for a photo.
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All You Need is Love

They say to make life wonderful – All You Need is Love and A Little Help From My Friends well Rockin’ the Sunset certainly had that and much more. In the midst of days with cold, rainy forecasts the night was clear and the temperature perfect. We rocked the sunset with Liverpool Live. The band played all of the Beatles favorites dressed to match each album. We were transported back in time to the days of peace, love and rock and roll. Even our own Dr. Loftis was dressed for the occasion with flower power boots and groovy clothes. There was

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A dog enjoying hospice care while running with a green ball in its mouth.
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We PAWS to Honor Ruth

Shawn Bassham I had the pleasure of visiting with Ruth Giusti and her little dog on multiple occasions. Ruth loved animals, and anyone that knew her knew that. When she was making decisions for her estate, she looked to see where she could help and that is when she learned about the Pet Pledge Program at St. Francis and knew she wanted to help. She understood that pets are family members so she was excited to learn about how our Pet Pledge Program helps rehome dogs and cats when a patient has no other options available. I shared with her that

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A hospice care table with several mason jars filled with water.
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Hats Off means the FUN is ON

Hats Off For Kids is a Kentucky Derby styled event and hat contest. Bring your Derby hat to enter into the contest with themes including: Kraziest hat, Space Coast themed hat, Favorite Movie themed hat and Most Elegant hat. Prizes will be awarded for each theme, but the real winners will be the families of Brevard through the NorthStar Child Grief Program. Events like Hats Off for Kids, that benefit the NorthStar Child Grief Program mean that the monthly activities, support groups, and large scale memory making events are ON. Donors who come to an event not only get to have

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A group of people involved in hospice care, posing with teddy bears.
Reflections of Life

The Doctor Is In – Elementary School

The weather may have been gloomy outside, but inside the Children’s Center in Titusville it was all fun and education. Children received a special teddy bear who was their patient for the day. As the “doctors”, the children able to take vitals on the patient and see an x-ray of him. They bandaged his wounds and make their own first aid kit to take home just in case it is needed. They were able to see the tubes and bag of fluids for an IV, but of course no needles in this fun clinic. During the visits to the clinic the

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The reception area of a medical office specializing in hospice care.
Reflections of Life

Centered Around what Matters Most – YOU

Over the last several months St. Francis Reflections has opened our second inpatient care center and provided sneak peeks of another in Brevard County. Our very first care center was built on gifted land from Edward M. Poe, who knew how important an inpatient care center would be to his hometown of Titusville. In 2015, that dream became a reality with the Edward M. Poe Care Center. Now, St. Francis Reflections has two additional inpatient care center locations to serve the residents of Brevard – one on Merritt Island at Courtenay Springs Village and one located inside the Melbourne Regional Medical

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Three veterans posing for a photo in front of a hospice care crowd.
Reflections of Life

A Gift of Service – A Life of Honor

Sonata Viera Assisted Living Facility honored their Veterans with the help of St. Francis Reflection’s Christine Tate, the Veterans Coordinator. She was joined by Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 1 who raised the POW/MIA flag, and the colors presentation was provided by Viera High School JROTC Color Guard. The Star-Spangled Banner, and later God Bless America were led by a resident who was an honored Veteran. Christine had the honor of introducing the guest speakers for the day – Joe Killian, CEO of St Francis Reflections, Timothy Thomas, Melbourne District 1 Council Member, Steve Griffin, St. Francis Board Member and Veteran Volunteer,

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Description: Eucalyptus leaves arranged in a circular shape, enclosed by the letter e.
Reflections of Life

E is for Empathy

There are three Es in the history of St. Francis Reflections that spells Empathy. It began in 1977 when Emilie Sasko saw that her neighbors in end of life where walking that road alone. As an RN with great Empathy she stepped forward when most of the country was not doing anything like this in their communities. Volunteers around Titusville began providing a sacred service that bridge the gap in healthcare. For most of us today we think that hospice was the ultimate next step for a patient and their family. But it 1977 it was the exception not the rule.

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A group of people receiving hospice care posing for a picture on a field.
Reflections of Life

Heart of Hospice

The 2022 Heart of Hospice Awards were held at the USSSA Space Coast Complex with staff members and family on hand to celebrate 10 very special honorees. The honorees are selected because they go above and beyond their jobs uplifting patients and others in our community. They live out our mission of uplifting lives, uplifting each other and uplifting our community. They were nominated by fellow staff members for what they do caring for patients and families and our staff, as well as helping the community. The honorees receive special recognition at the event, a beautiful silver pin custom designed and

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