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Grief Support Programs Planned May 23, 2018

Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, and the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, will offer several programs in June in Lancaster County. For more information and to register for programs, readers may call the Pathways Center at 717-391-2413 or 800-924-7610.

Drop-in groups for adults will be offered on select dates. Each meeting will include a presentation and an informal time to talk with others. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.

Coping with the Loss of a Parent or Sibling will be offered on Tuesday, June 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss. Coping with the Loss of a Companion or Spouse will take place on Tuesday, June 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Hospice and Community Care and on Tuesday, June 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss. Coping with the Loss of a Child of Any Age will meet on Wednesday, June 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss.

A three-week Newly Bereaved Program will be offered on Wednesdays, June 13, 20, and 27, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.at the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss. The series will provide an overview of common grief responses and help attendees begin to identify coping tools. Participation is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

Ladies, Start your Engines, a bereavement workshop, will take place on June 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hospice and Community Care. During the hands-on class, automotive expert Lori Johnson, will teach participants how to perform light automotive maintenance and how to communicate and understand technical jargon. Space is limited, and registration is required. A fee is due at the time of registration. Registration is due by Wednesday, June 6; no refunds will be issued after this date.

Pets You Have Loved and Lost, a bereavement workshop, will be offered on Thursday, June 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss. The free workshop for adults will offer suggestions on ways to memorialize one's pet. Attendees may bring photos of their pets. The workshop is free, but space is limited and registration is required by Tuesday, June 19.

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Grief Support Programs Slated May 22, 2018

Hospice & Community Care and the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss will offer several programs in June in York.

Adult drop-in groups provide free meetings that include a presentation and an informal time to talk with others. No registration is needed. For more information, readers may call the Pathways Center at 717-391-2413 or 800-924-7610. Coping With the Loss of a Companion or Spouse will be held on Tuesday, June 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Ann B. Barshinger Hospice Center, 235 Saint Charles Way, Suite 250, York, and on Wednesday, June 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Ann B. Barshinger Hospice Center.

An open house will be held on Thursday, June 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Ann B. Barshinger Hospice Center. Visitors can meet the staff, learn about a typical day for a Hospice staff member, and see the new Pathways support group rooms. Interested attendees should preregister at www.hospiceconnect.org/events/.

"Pets You Have Loved and Lost," a bereavement workshop, will be held on Thursday, June 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ann B. Barshinger Hospice Center. The free workshop for adults will offer suggestions on ways to remember pets that have died. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of their pet. Space is limited, and registration is required. Interested participants may call 717-391-2413 or 800-924-7610.

The Newly Bereaved Program, a two-week series, will be held on Wednesdays, June 20 and 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ann B. Barshinger Hospice Center. The free series will provide an overview of common grief responses and will help participants begin to identify coping tools. Space is limited, and registration is required. If interested, readers may call 717-391-2413 or 800-924-7610.

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Pappus House Receives Donation April 11, 2018

Pappus House, a freestanding hospice home, recently received a $250 donation from Temple Beth Israel's Yudin Fund. The fund was established by former congregants Lazarus and Genevieve Yudin, who died more than three decades ago, to support charitable efforts outside York's Jewish community.

Pappus House opened last December in York Township to serve people in the last months of life and their families. For more information, including information about volunteering at Pappus House, readers may call 717-893-5310 or visit www.pappushouse.org.

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Hospice Seeks Valentine Cards January 24, 2018

AseraCare Hospice is asking residents in the York, Adams, Cumberland and Franklin counties to send Valentine's Day cards to its hospice patients.

Anyone, including children, may participate. Cards may be store-bought or homemade, but they should not include "get well soon" wishes. Cards should be sent to the AseraCare office by Saturday, Feb. 10, so that they can be delivered to patients by Valentine's Day.

Cards can be mailed to AseraCare Hospice, 984 Loucks Road, Suite 1, York, or dropped off at the office. If a school or large group wishes to participate and has a large number of cards, they should call the office at 717-845-8599 for pickup.

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Pappus House Receives Grant December 13, 2017

The AseraCare Foundation in York recently presented a $1,000 grant to Pappus House, a hospice home dedicated to compassionate end-of-life care for individuals and their families in collaboration with their hospice provider.

The AseraCare Foundation presents grants to organizations that directly or indirectly benefit terminally ill patients and their families. Grants are given to organizations in the communities served by AseraCare Hospice. The largest source of income for the AseraCare Foundation is memorial donations made on behalf of hospice patients.

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Lodge 551 Donates To Hospice December 8, 2017

Ashara-Casiphia Lodge 551 of Mount Joy, one of 10 lodges that make up the 1st Masonic District of Pennsylvania, presented a check for $2,000 to Hospice & Community Care in Mount Joy. The funds were raised through a car show held at the lodge building, 1270 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy, on the third Saturday of August.

This was the fourth year the fundraiser had been held; the money raised each year is donated to a different charity of choice. The first year, the committee donated the proceeds to food banks in Mount Joy and Columbia, and the second year, proceeds were donated to the rebuilding efforts of Kids Joyland in Mount Joy. The third year, the group donated the proceeds to the VA Hospital in Lebanon.

The event also includes a collection of nonperishable food items, which are donated to the local food bank. The event features food, music, and prizes for participants and spectators.

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Local Agency Plans Move November 27, 2017

Hospice & Community Care will relocate its York office from 224 St. Charles Way to 235 St. Charles Way in York, with plans to open in February 2018. To be named The Ann B. Barshinger Hospice Center, the new space is double in size of the organization's current location and will allow Home Hospice teams serving York patients to expand and grief and bereavement services of the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss to be available at this location.

Hospice & Community Care is a nonprofit hospice provider that has been serving patients and families at end of life for more than 37 years. Last year, the organization provided care for more than 3,000 hospice patients, 2,500 palliative care patients, and nearly 9,000 adults, teenagers, and children who received grief support at its Pathways Center for Grief & Loss.

For more details, readers may contact Ashley Peck at apeck@hospicecommunity.org or 717-391-2458.

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"Light Up A Life" Ceremonies Set November 27, 2017

Hospice & Community Care will host Light Up A Life tree lighting ceremonies in Lancaster and York. Light Up A Life is intended to allow community members to celebrate people who have been lights in their lives. Individuals may purchase a light that will be placed on evergreen trees at Hospice & Community Care in honor or in celebration of someone special.

Community members are invited to attend the tree lighting ceremonies. The York ceremony will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3, at Country Club of York, 1400 Country Club Road, York. Music will begin at 5 p.m., and the tree lighting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. The snow date is Sunday, Dec. 10.

In Lancaster County, the tree lighting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster. Music by the Auscultation Brass will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Parking will be available at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, and a shuttle will transport guests to the ceremony, which will be held on the grounds of Hospice & Community Care. Parking for those with physcial limitations will be available at the Hospice Center.

For information on purchasing a light, readers may visit www.hospiceconnect.org/lights.

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Hospice Seeks Volunteers November 14, 2017

Heartland Hospice, 3417-C Concord Road, York, is seeking volunteers who are at least 18 years old and are interested in making a difference in the lives of others. The mission of Heartland Hospice is to provide quality care to patients with a limited life expectancy.

Volunteer opportunities for as few as two to three hours per week are available. Some of the volunteer positions are as follows.

Veteran-to-veteran volunteers connect with patients who are veterans by listening, reminiscing and telling stories.

Visitors may go to residential homes or nursing homes. At residential homes, they sit with patients while their caregivers run errands for two to three hours at a time. At nursing homes, they read to patients during half-hour to hourlong visits.

Voices of Love music visitors seek to bring joy by singing to patients or playing recorded music for them.

Vigil volunteers sit with patients during their last hours or days of life to offer comfort.

Heartland Hospice will offer free volunteer training sessions in November and December. For additional information or to register for training, readers may call the volunteer coordinator, Robin Shaffer, at 717-840-1002.

Individuals who have lost a loved one are asked to wait one year before training to become a Heartland Hospice volunteer.

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Pappus House Seeks Volunteers October 18, 2017

Pappus House, a community end-of-life home, is seeking volunteers as plans proceed for a fall opening. A wide variety of opportunities is available, including lawn and garden care, cookie baking, and holding bedside vigils.

Volunteer information sessions will be offered at Pappus House, 253 Cherry St., York (Spry). The no-obligation sessions will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Prospective volunteers are asked to call 717-893-5310 to register in advance.

Pappus House is an independent, free-standing residence that will welcome people who are nearing the end of life and are under hospice care. Additional information is available at www.pappushouse.org.

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Home Seeks Volunteers September 5, 2017

Pappus House, a community end-of-life home, is seeking a wide variety of volunteers as plans proceed for a fall opening. Opportunities range from lawn and garden care to cookie baking and bedside vigil.

Volunteer information sessions will be offered at Pappus House, 253 Cherry St., York. The no obligation sessions will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, and Monday, Sept. 25, and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Prospective volunteers are asked to call 717-893-5310 to register in advance. To learn more about Pappus House, readers may visit www.pappushouse.org.

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Labor Day Auction To Return To Solanco Fairgrounds August 11, 2017

After a record-setting year in a new location, Hospice & Community Care's Labor Day Auction will be held for the second time at the Solanco Fairgrounds, 101 Park Ave., Quarryville. The venue will open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, and on Monday, Sept. 4, and bidding will start at 9 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively.

"There was an increase of a few hundred bidders," said communications manager Ashley Peck. "We were very happy about this increase and where they were coming from: Maryland, New Jersey, even New York, and a lot of the Quarryville community."

A total of $710,000 was raised through the 2016 Labor Day Auction, with $79,000 of that amount coming from the sale of an original Norman Rockwell painting. The proceeds from the auction, which is now in its 33rd year, make it possible for Hospice & Community Care to provide hospice, palliative, and bereavement services to patients and families, regardless of their ability to pay. The average cost to provide one day of care for a patient is $182, and auction attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a Day of Care during celebrity auctions at noon on Sept. 2 and 4. Folks who are unable to attend but who would like to purchase a Day of Care may do so at www.hospiceconnect.org/one.

There will also be plenty of tangible items to buy at the Labor Day Auction, and with the additional space at the Solanco Fairgrounds, more items will be offered. A few of the unique items include a restored mail sleigh circa the 1850s, which had been included in the Pennsylvania State Museum's "Common Canvas" exhibit in 2009; a limited giclee print of "Remembering Nickel Mines" by former state trooper Glenn Blue; an Amish buggy donated by a craftsman in the Amish community; and the chance to ride in a street-legal, modified shopping cart with three friends.

"Moving to the Solanco Fairgrounds was a terrific idea, and the increased space is affording us more flexibility to expand how the auction looks over the weekend," Peck remarked. "For example, the schedule has been updated to reflect a true two-day event, with the art auction moving to Saturday at 1 p.m., the plant auction taking place both Saturday and Monday, and expanded food selections on Saturday that include a pork barbecue dinner."

Full dinners will be served on both days, and there will be plenty of homemade snacks and sweet treats as well. Made-to-order omelets, milkshakes, chicken salad sandwiches, breakfast logs, chicken and rib barbecues, fruit smoothies, sticky buns, doughnuts, and a new salad bar will be prepared by Amish cooks. Folks who want to enjoy unlimited food on just one day of the auction may purchase wristbands, which Peck noted have increased in price to reflect the expanded options. Those who join the Auction Club, however, will receive all-you-can-eat privileges on both days of the event, recognition in the program and in the "Hospice Horizons" newsletter, and credit for a tax-deductible donation. Readers who are unable to attend may show their support by joining the Auction Club at www.hospiceconnect.org/auctionclub.

A complete schedule, a map of the fairgrounds, a listing of lead items and used vehicles, donation information, and an application to volunteer are available at www.labordayauction.org. Lists of sports memorabilia, fine art, and handmade quilts are also posted.

For more information, readers may contact Natalie Scolnick at 717-735-2497 or nscolnick@hospicecommunity.org.

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ASL Classes Planned August 9, 2017

SpiriTrust Lutheran Deaf Connections will offer weekly beginner-level American Sign Language (ASL) classes on Tuesdays, Sept. 19 to Nov. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at SpiriTrust Lutheran's The Village at Kelly Drive, 750 Kelly Drive, York.

Students will learn facts about hearing impairment, deafness, and deaf culture; fingerspelling and principles of reading and expressing finger-spelled words; information about the grammatical structure of ASL; and more than 300 signs.

The course fee includes class materials and the required textbook, "A Basic Course in ASL" by Tom Humphries, Carol Padden, Terrence J. O'Rourke and Frank A. Paul. To register, readers may call SpiriTrust Lutheran Deaf Connections at 717-852-4357 or call 717-848-6765 to use TTY. Registrations will also be accepted at www.spiritrustlutheran.org/american-sign-language-classes. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 12.

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Hospice Honors Volunteers July 10, 2017

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Harrold Receives National Award April 19, 2017

Dr. Joan Harrold, chief medical officer and vice president of medical services of Hospice & Community Care, has been awarded the 2017 Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). The award is presented to a hospice medical director or physician who provides the highest quality services and innovative programs and who demonstrates exemplary dedication to the practice of palliative medicine. Harrold was presented the award at the AAHPM annual assembly in Phoenix, Ariz., on Feb. 24.

Harrold has been the vice president of medical services and medical director of Hospice and Community Care since 1998. She is the co-author of "Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness," and her research on hospice and palliative care has been published in more than 30 scholarly journals, conference papers and grants.

The Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award was named for an oncologist who founded the International Hospice Institute in 1983 and was an early pioneer for hospice and palliative care. The recipients of the award are nominated by their peers, and the AAHPM committee chooses the individual who is innovative, dedicated and provides the highest quality services.

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Hospice Seeks Volunteers November 28, 2016

SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care and Hospice is in need of individuals interested in becoming hospice volunteers. Volunteers assist and support those living with a terminal illness in their homes by providing emotional support to clients and families, relief and respite to caregivers, but mostly being a friend at a time when companionship is needed most. Certified pet therapy volunteers, certified massage therapy volunteers, and music therapy volunteers are needed as well.

For more information about volunteer opportunities or to register for free upcoming training classes, readers may call the volunteer coordinator at 757-0774.

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Hospice Posts Volunteer Opportunity November 9, 2016

Grane Hospice is seeking caring adults to volunteer individually or as a group to help patients and their families. The hospice seeks to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals through visits. Activities may including playing music, holding a hand, visiting with one's children or certified dog, reading aloud or listening.

For more information, readers may call the volunteer coordinator at 829-4923. Free training and mileage reimbursement are provided.

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Grief Support Group To Meet September 28, 2016

Grane Hospice will offer a grief support group, Journey to Healing, on the second Tuesday of each month at Calvary United Methodist Church, 11 N. Richland Ave., York, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The group will hold its first meeting on Oct. 11.

Journey to Healing will be a time of fellowship and support for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The group is free and open to the community.

For more information, readers may contact Debe Snyder, bereavement coordinator and group facilitator, at 757-1526 or dsnyder@granehospice.com.

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Hospice Seeks Volunteers July 13, 2016

AseraCare Hospice works to make terminally ill patients' last days of life as comfortable and meaningful as possible by providing holistic care and end-of-life support. In addition to the nurses, social workers, aides, chaplains, and bereavement coordinator who provide services to patients and their families, volunteers play a crucial role on the care team.

AseraCare Hospice is seeking companion volunteers to join the team of individuals making a difference in patients' lives in the York area. Companion volunteers provide emotional support and comforting words to patients and their families. They also assist with practical tasks such as giving the caregiver relief for a brief period of time, writing letters, reading, and making phone calls for the patient.

Each volunteer is given training courses to prepare them to work with hospice patients. For more information or to become a volunteer, readers may call Carol Shull at 845-8599.

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Musical Volunteers Needed June 14, 2016

AseraCare Hospice is seeking volunteers in the York area who can play a musical instrument and/or can sing and are interested in joining Harmony of Hearts, a volunteer music outreach program that brings peace to the dying and comfort to their families. The goal is to create therapeutic music to help brighten the last days or hours of life for patients.

Volunteers should be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers under age 18 must be supervised by an adult. They must be able to play an instrument or be able to sing. Instruments with a soft and soothing sound are preferred, such as guitar, autoharp, violin, etc.

Readers interested in participating may call Carol Shull at 845-8599.

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