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A Compass of Compassion
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As each day passes Lynn Kiefer, the NorthStar Coordinator, takes out her guiding star and aims to create compassion for the 165+ children and youth across the county. In putting a program together, there is thoughtful consideration for each age and each needs of the individual kid. Some might prefer support groups, or art therapy. Some might thrive with the events as they make memories with their family and others may read quietly a book provided by NorthStar. No matter what, no child or youth walks without the guiding hand of staff. Parents too are considered, as they know their own child so well. Tools and support, listening ears and resources that can lead to important conversations.

None of this can happen with the support of gifts to the program. Grants are written, wish lists are fulfilled and in-kind services or products are regularly brought to the offices. Within the Foundation, Lynn can request funds for the items she needs or looks to us to find gifted meals, snacks or tickets for use by the program. It doesn’t take long to realize that feeding a kid some pizza and working with them and others can build trust and relationship as kids struggle with grief. The most endearing part of the program is the fact that any kid in Brevard County can access this program. You do not need to be associated with St. Francis, you just need to be a kids who has lost a loved one. And there is always room for one more. Special thank you to Geraldine L. Cabic Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation for Brevard, Titusville Pilot Club, The Home Depot, the Space Coast Health Foundation Dale Behavioral Health Grant and Space Coast Realtors Association for partnering with the NorthStar Program to change the lives of families in Brevard County.

 Reflections of Life Articles: Summer 2022

DASH in Life 5k

Join us November 12, 2022 in honoring Veterans with Devotion Admiration Service and Honor at the DASH in Life 5K benefiting the We Honor Veterans Program at St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care. Together, we will ensure they feel the gratitude of our nation for their service. The unique nature of those who serve in the …

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Military Women’s Memorial

By: Elizabeth Galfo MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMD-C The Space Coast Honor Flight goes above and beyond to recognize the men and women who have served in our military. It provides a 24 hour trip that flies Veterans and their guardians to Washington DC and Arlington to visit Memorials dedicated to their service. The whole experience …

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Tiles & Grief

We have many rituals in life, special days of celebration, ways to honor our history, our lives and our deaths. If you travel to our Poe Care Center in Titusville, you will see a collection of tiles with a reflection bench, shaded by a great tree. Each tile is personalized and memorializes a loved one. …

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The Ribbon Has Been Cut

Over 100 people came together on June 24th to celebrate the opening of the St. Francis Reflections Hospice Care Center in Melbourne. The Care Center is for hospice patients who need round-the-clock care or respite care. The 10 private rooms provide a home-like setting where families can remain by their loved one’s side.  A family …

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Jumping Into Summer

The NorthStar – Child Grief Program hosted its 2nd Annual Summer Carnival at Wickham Park to kick-off summer. Over 100 NorthStar families and volunteers were in attendance. Children indulged in popcorn and snow cones. They enjoyed having their face painted, water fights to beat the heat, and a bit of friendly competition. Each of the …

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Cody is Part of the Pack

Cody was part of our Pet Pledge Program, which helps our patients who are in the sunset of their lives. Cody was the apple of his Mom’s eye. She was concerned about what would happened to him after she went into her final chapter of life. She did not have a family member who would …

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No Wrong Way to Grieve

Grieving is messy and difficult. We like things easy with clear steps to follow. This is why many people gravitate to the “5 Stage of Grief” by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross when they are grieving. Most people do not realize those stages were actually created to explain what the person who is dying goes through, not the …

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