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Hospice Honors Volunteers May 23, 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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Hospice Seeks New Volunteers June 7, 2016

AseraCare Hospice is seeking volunteers to join the team of companion volunteers who provide emotional support and comfort to patients and their families in the York area.

Companion volunteers 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 will be given training courses to prepare to work with hospice patients. Individuals interested in volunteering may contact Carol Shull at 845-8599.

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Hospice Seeks Volunteers With Sewing Skills May 24, 2016

AseraCare Hospice is seeking volunteers with sewing skills to make memory pillows for families that have lost a loved one. Volunteers will create a pillow for families from a piece of clothing that they have chosen.

The AseraCare Hospice team provides holistic care and end-of-life support for patients with a terminal illness and their families. Readers who are interested in becoming a volunteer with AseraCare or who have questions about hospice services may call Carol Shull, volunteer coordinator, at 845-8599 for information.

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Pathways Center Posts Calendar May 18, 2016

Pathways Center for Grief and Loss, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, will offer several grief programs in June. Programs are free and open to the community. Programs will be held at the center, unless noted otherwise. For more information, readers may call the Pathways Center at 391-2413 or 800-924-7610.

Adult drop-in groups will include a presentation and an informal time to talk with others. No registration is needed. Coping With the Loss of a Parent or Sibling will be held on Tuesday, June 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Coping With the Loss of a Companion or Spouse will meet on Tuesday, June 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster. Coping With the Loss of a Companion or Spouse will meet on Tuesday, June 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Coping With the Loss of a Child (of any age) will take place on June 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Traveling Solo, a free workshop led by local author Brenda Lee Sieglitz, will offer tips on how to create and execute a vacation without a loved one. The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on June 8. Participants will come away with sample itineraries and information for various travel organizations. Space is limited, and registration is required by Wednesday, June 1.

A three-week Newly Bereaved Program will be held on Thursdays, June 9 to 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The 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. Interested persons should call the center.

Camp Chimaqua, an overnight weekend camp for grieving children ages 6 to 12, will be held at Camp Donegal, 303 E. Telegraph Road, Airville, from Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12. A trained adult buddy is individually paired with each child for companionship, support, and supervision throughout the weekend. This experience allows campers to realize they are not grieving alone and to understand that their feelings are normal as they get to know others who have also lost a loved one. There is cost to attend per child, and financial assistance is available. Applications must be received by Friday, May 20. Readers may call the center to request camp applications or visit www.pathwaysthroughgrief.org.

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