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Reflections of Life

Gift of Leadership

St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care and St. Francis Reflections Foundation are both nonprofit organizations lead by volunteer boards. Each board member commits to serve up to nine years to help St. Francis best serve those who need end of life care. Some might call them the invisible heroes. They attend meetings and contribute their talents and financial support. Each member helps St. Francis look into the future and works to transform how we serve those in Brevard County even better. The St. Francis Reflections Board leadership is chaired by Mary Ann Alderman with Mike Ammen as the Vice Chair, and Tony

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Reflections of Life

Getting Ready to DASH Again

It was a cool morning at the Veterans Memorial Center on the Indian River as the horn sounded for the start of the first annual 2022 DASH in Life 5k on November 12. There were over 170 registrants and many cheering friends, family members and volunteers all along the beautiful course to provide encouragement and water. Some of the runners were Veterans. All were there supporting the We Honor Veterans program at St. Francis Reflections. Once the finish line was crossed by all, the awards were given out to the various age groups, then it was time for the race pinning

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Reflections of Life

Holiday, Hope, and Happy Moments

For the first time in several years, the staff at St. Francis Reflections was able to get together for some holiday fun, enjoying great food and white elephant gifts. A time to visit, laugh and thanks to Tammy Rolfe try their hand at fused glass. Senior leadership was on hand and they brought some of their favorite goodies to share with the staff. CEO Joe Killian was the cookie taster to find the winner of the best cookies. He certainly would like to put that in his job description moving forward. Throughout the year, the St. Francis family steps into the

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Reflections of Life

Affirming Life

There are those who find it difficult to discuss the purposes of hospice. For us, hospice is our every day. We consider it affirming to be a part of those last months and days. We know much can happen to create wonderful moments and to help people with personal wishes, closure, and putting their houses in order. We also know that the people who love them are also in need of our support, both during the time of hospice care and after the patient has passed. Grief comes in waves and in many forms. We are there for those moments and

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Reflections of Life

Welcoming Warriors Home

Our commitments in life comes with purpose. At St. Francis Reflections, through our We Honor Veterans program we are deliberate in our yearly welcome home to our Vietnam Veterans. This commitment is to rectify and restore that which did not happen when our individual heroes returned home. During that politically charged time, Veterans suffered emotional and physical wounds on the battlefield, and then suffered rejection when they returned home. Our Welcome Home Celebration will be held later in the spring. If you are a Vietnam Veteran or family of a Veteran who served during that time we encourage you to attend

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Reflections of Life

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 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

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Reflections of Life

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 the NorthStar program and see the ways in which St. Francis comes along side kids and their families during a time of loss and grief.   Julia Kendall Julia is a graduate student intern from Florida State University. She received her Bachelor of Social Work and Psychology

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Reflections of Life

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 of patients. In knowing this, they not only provide wonderful care but they also provide some of the treasure to care for those they serve. It might be through the Te-Kisha Legacy Fund that they help put groceries on the table, provide clothing or shoes, or

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Reflections of Life

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 it becomes too difficult. If you go to someone’s home, park in the street so you can leave when you are ready without a lot of fuss. While there, bring things that bring you comfort should you need a few moments to yourself….photo, small soft items,

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Reflections of Life

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.

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