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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

 Reflections of Life Articles: Summer 2023

DASH to Celebrate Veterans Day 2023

What could be better than enjoying sunshine and fresh air with your family and friends in a beautiful park while honoring local Veterans? At 7:30 am on November 11, 2023, The DASH in Life 5K will kick-off a full day of Veterans Day activities at Brevard Veterans Memorial Park. This idyllic course is flat, scenic, …

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Life Changing Gift of Dignity

Meet Brodie and Beau, brothers who both live with a disease that deteriorates their muscles to the point that they are unable to hold themselves up in a chair. Although their minds are active and their attitudes are bright, they are physically challenged and unable vocalize their needs. Their devoted mother, Melanie Armistead, relies heavily …

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Serving Brevard for 45 years

What began as a dream of helping neighbors almost fifty years ago is turning 45 this year. Emilie Sasko was a nurse, volunteer, mother of 12 and a dreamer. 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 …

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When Angels Get Their WINGS

Wonderful. Inspiring. Notable. Gracious. Service. These words are frequently used to describe our staff at St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care. We treasure these words in our hearts. Another phrase that we often hear from patients and families is, “You are our Angels.” “You are our Angels” inspired the WINGS Recognition Program. WINGS was created to …

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Memorial Day to Remember

By: Chandler Langevin, Veteran Services Coordinator Memorial Day is a very sacred time for staff and volunteers at St. Francis Reflections. As part of our ongoing commitment to Veterans, we traveled throughout Brevard County to render honors to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Here are some of my highlights from the …

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We LOVE our Volunteers

Our volunteers are a diverse array of caring individuals including working professionals, retirees, stay-at-home parents, students, and people who are exploring new careers and building new skill sets. Those who are interested in volunteering must be dependable, friendly and compassionate. It is not necessary to have medical or hospice experience. Each volunteer is asked to …

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The Staircase

Michael Brian Horton May 30, 2016 Last night I had myself a dreamI still can see it nowA staircase stood before meSpiraling up into the cloudsIts wood was worn and weatheredBut had stood the tests of timeAnd I came upon a young man thereAs I began to climbHis uniform colonialHis tri cornered hat pulled downHe …

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