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The Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus wandered the Trunk or Treat in search of NorthStar kids. They found them thanks to Mary Sanderson’s keen sense of smell. The first trunk or treat was held October 16th in the parking lot of the Crossroads United Church of Christ. We are grateful to the church who have been so willing to let us use their big parking lot for drive-thru Covid testing, vaccine and flu shot clinics, and to pick up supplies. The second candy roundup was in Titusville at the St Francis Reflections office parking lot on October 23rd. Scooby-Doo, Velma, a pair of pumpkins, a wicked witch, a football player, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Lion as well. The Wicked Witch of the East was NOT invited. Her sister, the Wicked Witch of the West was not happy.

135 children and their families attended the events in Titusville and Melbourne. Almost every month of the year Lynn Kiefer, the NorthStar Coordinator creates unique ways to engage children and young people who have experienced loss. Her mission is to help them create new memories while taking the time necessary to process the loss of their loved ones. What better way to do that than to dress up in a favorite costume and fill a bag full of goodies. To round out the wonderful events, Chick-Fil-A of Merritt Island Square Mall and Marco’s Pizza of Melbourne provided a nice meal. Friends like Chick-Fil-A and Marco’s Pizza are so appreciated!

Loss can be scary and each time NorthStar engages with kids and their family, they are helping to create a comforting future for each person. The only thing we want NorthStar kids to be scared of – is missing out on all the fun events designed just for them. A gift of any size can help create these moments https://reflectionslsc.org/services/grief-support/#hospChildrensGrief or you can help make a wish come true by purchasing something on our NorthStar Amazon wish list as we head into the holiday season.

 Reflections of Life Articles: Fall 2022

Certifiable Compassion and Commitment

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 …

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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.
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