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Advance Directives: A Caring Decision - Lessons from the Experts

 

National Healthcare Decisions Day and the Story Behind It

Inside a 50-state Movement

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Ethel's Story: A Labor of Love

As soon as Ethel Herring opened the front door and walked into the house, she knew her mother had died. She could feel it in the energy in the room. It hung in the air like a pause.

A Deeply Moving Personal Choice: Assemblymember Mark Stone opens up about his Advance Directive – and why they matter to us all

For Assemblymember Mark Stone, pursuing his own Advance Directive was about more than pragmatism: he was also thinking about the wellbeing of his wife. In the event that he could not speak to his own medical choices, he wanted to spare her from any further burden.

Helping Kids Cope with Loss

Because of the generous support of our community, Hospice of Santa Cruz County hosted our first weekend camp for grieving children, Camp Erin© Santa Cruz, last fall. Nestled in the redwood forest at Mount Hermon Redwood Camp, the weekend was filled with both healing and fun activities for the 40 campers in attendance. Campers brought photos of their special person to include on the memory board. They gathered in small groups and, with the support of trained volunteers and staff, discussed their feelings of grief and loss. Interspersed with these healing activities was a lot of fun – ziplining, swimming, art projects and an adventurous ride on the Geronimo Swing.

The Recipes of Life - A Volunteer's Journey

Volunteer Visitor Denine Jones

Sometimes an experience in life inspires us to change directions.  Denine Jones had one of those experiences toward the end of her father-in-law’s life. While spending time with him in the hospital, she realized her calling – to become a nurse. As she was helping to honor her father-in-law’s end-of-life wishes, it became clearer that her interest was in hospice care. “I just want to support and empower people who are dying and do what I can to improve their quality of life,” explains Denine.

5 of the Most Important Questions You Should Have the Answer to

Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has a Serious Illness Part 6 - Explaining the Final Stages of Life

Part 6 of our 6 part blog series sharing coping tips to help support children when someone they love has a serious illness. 

Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has a Serious Illness Part 5 - Guidelines for Teenagers

Part 5 of our 6 part blog series sharing coping tips to help support children when someone they love has a serious illness. 

Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has a Serious Illness Part 4 - Guidelines for Children 9-11 Years Old

Part 4 of our 6 part blog series sharing coping tips to help support children when someone they love has a serious illness.

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