Legacy & History

Our New Name Reflects Our Legacy of Care and the Depth of Our Mission

For more than 40 years, St. Francis Reflections has served Brevard County as a compassionate provider of hospice services. Over time, our organization has developed expertise and services across all stages of end of life care, from pre-hospice to post-hospice. The legacy of care established by founder Emilie Sasko and a group of volunteers in 1977, has grown to become a multi-faceted provider of care and resources for the residents of Florida’s Space Coast.

Our organization’s scope of services has progressed to include a non-hospice palliative care program for individuals coping with serious illness, and a robust grief support program including extensive program offerings for both adults and children. As a service to our beloved community, our organization also provides large-scale community memorial services, a pet placement program for hospice patients, and specialized programming in support of our large population of veterans. In honor of our legacy, and to inspire our future, we have carefully chosen the name St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care as a reflection of our broad scope of compassionate care, service and commitment to our community.

As they uplifted the lives of so many in so many different stages of life, St. Francis’ leadership came to realize that the name, Hospice of St. Francis, was not fully reflective of the broad scope of services offered.

When the St. Francis leadership explored new names, they found that Hospice of St. Francis had earned a great reputation in the community, and was highly regarded for its compassionate approach. From focus groups to online surveys, their staff and their community told them that St. Francis was a brand that resonated with their mission: Uplifting Lives. Uplifting Each Other. Uplifting Our Community.

Thus, the new, carefully chosen St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care is a name that reflects the organization’s legacy of care and compassion along with its present day depth of services. The new color scheme is evocative of the natural elements in its beautiful coastal environment.

Our Mission

Uplifting Lives. Uplifting Each Other. Uplifting Our Community.

Core Values

Our core values guide us in our actions in service to our patients and their loved ones. Our values are reflected in what we say and what we do.

  • Compassion
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Dedication
  • Kindness
  • Accountability
  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Stewardship

Our Vision

Compassionately serving our community by empowering people to live life to the fullest.

Our mission began with a dream. Our legacy was built by neighbors helping neighbors.

In 1977, Hospice of St. Francis was founded by Emilie Sasko, a Titusville nurse and mother of 12. Emilie realized the need for greater comfort, understanding and compassion for people nearing the end of life. She had a dream that she was being called to create a hospice, and supported by her deep faith, family and friends, founded the second hospice in the State of Florida. Emilie inspired others with her belief in the concept of neighbor-helping-neighbor, and Hospice of St. Francis began as an all-volunteer organization.

In 1990, Hospice of St. Francis became certified by Medicare as a not-for-profit hospice provider. With a strong corps of dedicated volunteers and a highly skilled professional staff, our organization has expanded Emilie’s mission to encompass a variety of services for individuals and families, throughout the entire 72-mile stretch of Brevard County.

Now known as St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care, we continue to care for our community as an independent, not-for-profit provider. Our scope of services includes palliative care, hospice, and the Space Coast’s most extensive array of grief support programs. Complemented by our robust community engagement program and energetic volunteer services team, Emilie’s founding principle of neighbor-helping-neighbor is always in the forefront of our minds and our hearts.

We are deeply grateful for the privilege of serving Brevard residents for more than 40 years. It is an honor to be chosen to provide care for our neighbors in their most sacred time of life. We are proud to carry on Emilie’s legacy of service to other by fulfilling our mission of: Uplifting Lives. Uplifting Each Other. Uplifting Our Community.