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Reflections of Life

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 on visual cues and non-verbal communication to read the boys’ faces for pain, fatigue, or worry. These cues are hampered when a child is slouched over or reclining. Melanie knew that her sons needed specialized chairs to improve safety and mobility, enable them to sit upright,

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Reflections of Life

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 in the State of Florida. Emilie inspired others with her belief in the concept of neighbor-helping-neighbor, and Hospice of St. Francis began as an all-volunteer organization. Now known as St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care, we continue to care for our community as an independent, not-for-profit provider.

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Reflections of Life

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 honor team members who make a lasting impact on our patients, their families, or other team members. The first WINGS awards were bestowed at a recent All Staff meeting. An honored staff member shared, “Thank you for bringing attention to the many ways we uplift our

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Lifestage Care Planning

In the significant chapters of our lives, each detail holds utmost importance. Whether it’s education, careers, or healthcare, meticulous planning is key to a prosperous path. Discover invaluable insights from reputable experts on crafting impactful advanced directives for both yourself and your dear ones. We are honored to host esteemed guests, including elder law attorneys Jerry Allender and Steve Allender, along with financial advisor Megan Kopka. Registration Complimentary: Please tell us how many will be joining you for this free educational session by clicking on the image above.

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Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center in Titusville marks10th year

St. Francis Reflections Life Stage Care’s Edward M. Poe Care Center for Patients and Families is celebrating its 10th year. The inpatient hospice facility in Titusville, situated in a campus–like setting, is a key part of the North Brevard health–care community. The care center building includes a chapel, playroom for children, and a kitchenette for the families. The care center accepted its first patient in March 2014. Emilie Sasko, a registered nurse who founded Hospice of St. Francis in 1977 attended the ground breaking ceremony in February 2012. She had the opportunity to see her dream for the organization come to

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Reflections of Life

Granting Smiles to Grieving Children

The NorthStar fall program is currently in full swing, with a host of exciting activities planned to assist children who are coping with the loss of a loved one. The program aims to equip children with the skills they need to work through the grieving process and create new, special memories. Melissa Kluck, Program Coordinator for NorthStar, emphasizes the importance of providing a sense of belonging for children during their toughest moments.“Children do not want to feel like they are all alone in their grief, and NorthStar gives them a sense of community,” she explains. “Part of healing is creating a

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Reflections of Life

DASH to Honor Veterans

Veteran’s Day 2023 at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center on Merritt Island will be extra special this year. The morning will begin with the 2023 DASH in Life 5K that leads runners and walkers through the beautiful Memorial Park with the finish line in front of the Museum. The race will feature awards for difference age groups followed by a very special Veteran Pinning Ceremony in the plaza. Immediately following the Veteran Pinning Ceremony, The Veterans Memorial Center will kick off their special Veterans Day Ceremony and Pass in Review. Special guests include Patrick Space Force Base Deputy Commander, Colonel S.

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Reflections of Life

Remembering Our Humble Beginnings

The calm, quiet neighborhoods were becoming the home to space oriented workers. Schools were seeing growth, with children moving in from all over the country. The “fast food’ culture was taking hold everywhere in North Brevard. There were very few, if any, home computers, no real internet, no wealth of family physicians, oncologists, nurses, or large hospitals, and no cell phones. That was the world into which our Founder, Emilie Sasko, RN was attempting to introduce a new form of patient care – hospice in-home care for those in need of support for what was to be for many the last

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Reflections of Life

Helping to Carry the Heaviest Load

We all want to provide the best possible care for our loved ones, whether it was of a parent, sibling, spouse or child. Having them at home with us means that we are on duty 24/7 – we know that. We have to do the shopping, cooking, cleaning; we are probably doing that already. But how about all the other things? Paying the bills and making sure that the money is there to pay them. Getting the car, the AC or the leaking toilet fixed. Keeping track of medication, doctor appointments, etc. for you and your patient.These are all practical things

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Reflections of Life

Wrapped With Love

We love quilters and appreciate the hours of time, creativity, and love they sew into the blankets, adult clothing protectors, and pillows that they donate to comfort our patients. Recently, when we learned that a quilting group was running out of material, we communicated the need for donations through social media and our network within the community. It turns out that one of our patients who recently passed loved to sew. She had left behind many boxes of material. When her family learned about our need, they immediately knew that donating the material to St. Francis Reflections would be a beautiful

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Reflections of Life

Volunteer Spotlight

Best known for their roles as Santa and Mrs. Claus during the holiday season, Tim and Cora Brown are so committed to St. Francis Reflections’ mission that they set aside two days a week to volunteer in both of our offices. Their administrative contributions are invaluable to the daily hospice care our staff provides. Their dedication and support are admired and appreciated more than we could ever express. “With other charities we help people when they need it with everyday things like food and doctor visits. With St. Francis we get to be there in person when their needs are the

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