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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: 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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A Compass of Compassion

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. …

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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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