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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 the pandemic our volunteers had life changes such that they stepped away from volunteering so – we are seeking to orient new volunteers as life gets back to a new normal. Here are four areas of greatest need:

Our Companionship Volunteers bring warmth and comfort to patients and peace of minds to their families. This caring support happens through conversations, playing games, going on walks, and so much more! Each person you care for has an amazing history and interests that volunteers have the opportunity to explore and encourage. Does that sound like you?

Caring for a loved one in end of life can be exhausting. Caregiver Relief Volunteers truly step in so the Caregiver can step out and away. Life doesn’t slow down when you are a caregiver. It speeds up and many of the things you would normally do just don’t get done. It is truly a gift when they know their loved one is being cared for while they take care of business or just take care of themselves. Would you be that relief for someone?

25% of our patients are Veterans. In working to honor them in end of life we provide special ceremonies that highlight their service and are recognized by their family of veterans. These pinning ceremonies sometimes happens at the bedside but also is a community endeavor to honor all those who live in Brevard County who served in the military. If you are a Veteran would you join us?

There are those who say music is medicine for the soul.  In that mindset we are looking for those who would share their talents with our patients and their families. A guitar strummed, a piano played or a tune voiced can ease the minds and hearts of those who can hear it. Would you come play with us and bring some soft and joyful sounds to our patients?

St. Francis Reflections began as a volunteer organization caring for patients at end of life. We have expanded our programs in the past 45 years, and all along our volunteers a have been vital to the services we provide. Volunteer opportunities include patient visits, pet therapy, office assistance, Veteran support and so much more. Our volunteers get to do meaningful work helping to uplift the lives of our patients and community every day. If you have a heart to give back and make a difference, please contact our Volunteer Services Team to learn about the opportunities to make a difference with St. Francis Reflections at 321-269-4240 or VolunteerServices@ReflectionsLSC.org.

Reflections of Life Articles: April 2022

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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