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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 their communities. Volunteers around Titusville began providing a sacred service that bridge the gap in healthcare. For most of us today we think that hospice was the ultimate next step for a patient and their family. But it 1977 it was the exception not the rule. Over the years the address for care grew as did St. Francis Reflections.

Fast forward and a dream of providing a Care Center arose for the citizens of Brevard County. The hero of that moment was none other than Edward Poe a long time resident of Titusville. Gifting land to build what would become the first of three Care Centers around the community came to life in 2015. This gift from Ed showed great Empathy towards his fellow neighbors. He knew that at times the family and the patients needed extra care. He wanted to provide that place of rest.

The last of the E for Empathy is Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Our namesake for a giving circle she brought to the forefront a taboo subject – death and dying. Through her address people became aware of how we step through those stages in the dying process and what we do as we transition. It was life altering to begin that conversation and to highlight how others who love them might help during this period before death. St. Francis Reflections continues her legacy of partnering with patients and families as these steps and moments occur. E is for Empathy and if we could in just small ways take the road in end of life and light up that darkness we would honor all three of these thoughtful souls.   Emilie, Ed and Elisabeth charted a path through their view of serving others. St. Francis Staff and Volunteers follow in their footsteps. It is what any good neighbor would do. If you would like to volunteer or provide a gift that support your neighbor in hospice care please signup on the form that follows:

 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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