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Every Veteran deserves a hero’s journey in end of life. St. Francis Reflection in pursuit of excellence has for the third year in a row, been certified with the Level V designation of the We Honor Veterans Program.

7%

of the US population
are Veterans

7.6%

population of Florida
are Veterans

(third Highest behind
California and Texas)

11%

of Brevard County residents
are Veterans

25%

of SFR patients
are Veterans

We recognizing the unique needs of America’s Veterans and their families. Our team works mindfully to determine how to assess, guide, and serve Veterans toward a more peaceful conclusion to their legacy.  Veterans on St. Francis’ service are offered the opportunity to tell the story of their military experience and volunteers research that history. If requested, a special pinning ceremony is provided for the Veteran, their family, and friends.  Families usually learn facts about their loved one’s time in the service that they never knew before.  These very special tributes are performed by our retired military volunteers.  The Veterans are presented with special recognition items specific to their branch of service.

We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment. As a Level V Partner in this distinguished program, St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care is required to provide our employees and volunteers with continuous education on identifying and planning specialized care for the needs of our nation’s heroes.  We work with many Veterans’ organizations in our community who provide assistance and support in acquiring potential benefits and a variety of other resources that may be available to the individual and his/her family.  If there is an issue, we do our very best to obtain a resource that can create a solution.  St. Francis has been able to develop integrity based relationships with many of the great Veteran Organizations within Brevard County to best serve Brevard County’s Veterans and their loved ones.

It is always wonderful when we can be affirmed by our recertification, but more importantly is our certified love of Veterans throughout Brevard. Heroes to the end.

 Reflections of Life Articles: Fall 2022

NorthStar’s Shining Lights Interns and Outcomes

This year we have the opportunity to host three wonderful interns within the NorthStar Program. As students are progressing in their education this is one of the great ways to put theory into practice. NorthStar Coordinator Lynn Kiefer and the kids are the benefactors of these interns. They work with the children and youth within …

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You Make the Magic Happen

During the month of September the St. Francis Foundation reminded each staff member that they hold a wand of goodness and love. Each year we celebrate the commitment staff have in service to patients and families and honor them for their gifts over the year. Our staff members know first-hand some of the very needs …

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Holiday Tips

If you find yourself grieving the death of someone close to you, the thought of the holiday can be very overwhelming but there are things you can do to prepare. Be honest with how you are feeling to people close to you. If you agree to plans allow yourself the ability to not go of …

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Reflections of Love 2022

You are invited to join us for a beautiful free community memorial celebration and tree lighting in honor of those whose memory we will always cherish. November 17, 2022 at 6 pm Cocoa Riverfront Park, 401 Riveredge Blvd., Cocoa, Florida. For more information visit: Reflectionslsc.org/ROL2022 or text: ROL2022 to 41444.

Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP)

St. Francis Reflections works diligently to care for patients and seeks to provide the safety and quality each person deserves. Our most recent unannounced surveys by CHAP in two St. Francis Reflections sites were unscheduled visits.  The outcome of both survey visits were no citations or findings. The average number of citations from CHAP nationally …

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Bonded with Love

Gifts come in many forms to foundations. Just recently St. Francis received some lovely savings bonds from a donor’s estate. This donor had been thoughtful in putting aside monthly through savings bonds over the years. It reminds me of having a piggy bank when I was a kid and putting money aside and then every once in a while taking it out and counting what was the grand total.

DASH Home Challenge

The DASH in Life 5K is open to all ages and will be held at the beautiful Brevard Veterans Memorial Center on Merritt Island. Following the race, awards will be presented, and a special pinning ceremony will be held to honor all Veterans in attendance. “As a Foundation Board member and marathon runner, I am …

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