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Winter 2023 - Affirming Love
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There are those who find it difficult to discuss the purposes of hospice. For us, hospice is our every day. We consider it affirming to be a part of those last months and days. We know much can happen to create wonderful moments and to help people with personal wishes, closure, and putting their houses in order. We also know that the people who love them are also in need of our support, both during the time of hospice care and after the patient has passed. Grief comes in waves and in many forms. We are there for those moments and want to help each person navigate this grief well. In particular, our NorthStar program comes alongside children and works to create new memories and provide a space for them to express their grief.

Many people are unfamiliar with palliative care. At St. Francis Reflections, our palliative care program enables us to come to the aid of people before they are eligible for hospice care. This may be a period of time when illnesses are creating more and more difficulty managing daily tasks. It may be that they are continuing a treatment protocol for cancer but need some additional care. Regardless of the need, our teams create opportunities for patients to navigate their health challenges and manage their limitations. St. Francis Reflections believes that when we can work with individuals to enhance their lives, whether on hospice or palliative care, we are giving them the best chances to maintain and enjoy the lives they are living.

We have all had periods in our lives when we have needed to have someone help us. A broken arm or leg is a perfect example of finding modifications to our life and seeking help of others while in recovery. Examples of this include learning different ways to tie shoes, button buttons, or climb stairs. St. Francis encourages these conversations early so that when a decision for hospice or palliative care is needed it is a comfortable conversation. Life is to be lived – St Francis will help to make that happen.

 Reflections of Life Articles: Winter 2023

Rockin the Sunset

The 2023 Rockin the Sunset Concert for a Cause is almost here! This year we are featuring the sounds of the legendary Sir Elton John presented by Greggie and the Jets. The evening will be fun for all ages. Wear your favorite Elton John inspired outfit for a chance to win prizes. February 24th at …

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On My Honor

“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” – Scout Oath. The Scouts from troops 525 and 4117 who came to volunteer their …

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Gift of Leadership

St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care and St. Francis Reflections Foundation are both nonprofit organizations lead by volunteer boards. Each board member commits to serve up to nine years to help St. Francis best serve those who need end of life care. Some might call them the invisible heroes. They attend meetings and contribute their talents …

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Getting Ready to DASH Again

It was a cool morning at the Veterans Memorial Center on the Indian River as the horn sounded for the start of the first annual 2022 DASH in Life 5k on November 12. There were over 170 registrants and many cheering friends, family members and volunteers all along the beautiful course to provide encouragement and …

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Holiday, Hope, and Happy Moments

For the first time in several years, the staff at St. Francis Reflections was able to get together for some holiday fun, enjoying great food and white elephant gifts. A time to visit, laugh and thanks to Tammy Rolfe try their hand at fused glass. Senior leadership was on hand and they brought some of …

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Welcoming Warriors Home

Our commitments in life comes with purpose. At St. Francis Reflections, through our We Honor Veterans program we are deliberate in our yearly welcome home to our Vietnam Veterans. This commitment is to rectify and restore that which did not happen when our individual heroes returned home. During that politically charged time, Veterans suffered emotional …

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