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Reflections of Life

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 room with a kitchenette is available for families to enjoy their own meals and a quiet room offering a tranquil place to read or reflect. St. Francis Reflections held the official ribbon cutting of the new facility in conjunction with many community partners including the Melbourne

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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. Some might thrive with the events as they make memories with their family and others may read quietly a book provided by NorthStar. No matter what, no child or youth walks without the guiding hand of staff. Parents too are considered, as they know their own

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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 St. Francis Reflections clinical teams donated gift baskets for raffle prizes so every NorthStar family member walked away a winner. The summer carnival provides an opportunity for NorthStar families to create new, lasting memories. Families get to play, laugh, dance, and be kids together without 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 be able to care for Cody once she was no longer able. Cody became part of our Pet Pledge Program that was established for this kind of situation. Our Pets in the Park event was held on May 1, 2022 at Cocoa Village River Front Park.

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What we want grief to look like what grief actually looks like.
Reflections of Life

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 grief those who are left behind actually experience. The grief felt after the death of a loved one is far more involved than five steps, which often leads people to believe, they are grieving wrong. There is no “right or wrong” way to the feelings one

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A soldier sitting on a couch with his hands on his head.
Reflections of Life

Sometimes They Never Come Back

Sometimes military men or women return home from combat zones and are not the person they were before they left home. Military spouses know that they have to be adaptable when their spouse is called for last minute or long term deployments. They also have to adapt to not knowing if their loved one will serve in combat zones that are safe. As a Veteran and a spouse of an Air Force Flight Nurse, who served in the Iraq War in 2003, I knew he was being put into harm’s way, but I had no idea how he would be affected

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Reflections of Life

Engagement

By: Kristie Henry-Roling Engagement of others is an art with love for good measure. In the past my desire has been to encourage others and help them to reach their potential. At times of struggle I worked to be of help. It has been, and continues to be my passion. When St. Francis Reflections determined to create a role of Employee Engagement Manager I felt like Cinderella and the glass slipper- it was a perfect fit. Every day I am called upon to bring encouragement. As I grow in the job I see new ways to bring others what they need.

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Heart of Hero

St. Francis Reflections is proud to announce that we have five staff members who were honored at the 2022 Brevard Heart Foundation’s Heart of a Hero Awards in April. The Heart of a Hero Award celebrates individuals who are making a difference through healthcare in our community. These healthcare professionals were selected by the organization for their compassion and excellence. Congratulations Dr. Lauren Loftis, Gina Crane, Deborah Shepherd, Lynn Kiefer and Kristie Meade we are proud to have you heroes as part of the St. Francis Reflections family! Thank you Brevard Heart Foundation for recognizing the special work of healthcare workers

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Folded Hearts – Faithful Hands

Veterans, under the care of St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care, are asked if they would like a pinning ceremony in honor of their service. This ceremony expresses our gratitude for their service and they are provided with a special pin, a hat, and an American flag that was flown over our nation’s capital. We received 100 American flags destine to honor these special Veterans boxed and unfolded. What plans do you make to get a group together to make sure the flags are folded properly and given the honor they deserves?  St. Francis Reflections staff are always thinking and our own

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A man in a wheelchair with a football in his hand.
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A Child’s Death Reminds Us: Life Is Fragile. Celebrate Every Chance You Get

Britt Kennerly, Florida Today St. Francis was honored to care for Bryson and his family when they needed us. Special thanks to Britt Kennerly, FLORIDA TODAY for this article and Malcolm Denemark, FLORIDA TODAY for the photos. Imagine that you’ve been told you have an illness that very likely could kill you. Then, a few months later, you learn that the treatment you’ve been undergoing isn’t working. You have a choice to make about how you want to live the rest of your life, which could mean discontinuing attempts to save it. Now imagine that when you get this horrible, overwhelming

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