September News & Events
Women Swimmin' 2013 
Our 10th Swim Was Awesome!   
photo by Jon Reis/Jon Reis Photography

Hospicare's 10th Women Swimmin' event took place on August 10, and what a day it was! The temperature was pleasant, the lake conditions were good (aside from some debris washed into the lake by heavy rains the previous Thursday), and the 311 swimmers were charged up and ready to go. They crossed the lake shepherded by 170 boaters and came ashore at the Ithaca Yacht Club amid cheers from hundreds of supporters.


As of September 4, the total raised for Women Swimmin' 2013 is over $404,000!


Thank you, everyone. We are so grateful for your energy, your willingness to go all out for this event, and your amazing support of our agency. Because of your generosity, we are able to serve all in our community who need end-of-life care. No one is ever turned away for inability to pay.


We especially wish to mention our corporate sponsors and prize donors. They covered all event expenses, so that the money raised by swimmers and boaters will go toward patient and family services, including subsidizing the Nina K. Miller Hospicare Residence. 


After the Last
Bereavement Gathering

by Elaine Mansfield


As I left the parking lot half an hour after the last meeting for Standing in Our New Lives--a four-week bereavement support group for women who have recently lost their spouses or partners--group participants spoke quietly outside in groups of two.   

Four weeks wasn't quite enough for these women who weren't finished telling stories, weeping, laughing and gathering hope. I joyfully drove away knowing our gatherings had eased grief and helped women move forward into their unknown futures.


Why do I facilitate bereavement support groups? Why did I agree to continue with two support groups a year for women who have lost spouses or partners?  


To read more, click here.  



Elaine's New Group Starting Soon


In October, Elaine will be leading a new four-week series of Standing in Our New Lives: A Bereavement Group for Women Who Have Lost Partners or Spouses.  


For more information,click here  or visit the events section of the Hospicare website. 


Elaine Mansfield is a writer and bereavement volunteer at Hospicare. To learn more, visit 

The Harley School Hospice Program  
Teens Learn About End of Life  


Death and Other Signs of Life
Harley School students talk about their experiences as hospice volunteers in the documentary Death and Other Signs of Life.


When we talk about end-of-life issues, we often seek to shield teens from the discussion. We may feel that talk of death and dying is too intense for them. Yet an innovative year-long hospice program at The Harley School--an independent college preparatory school in Rochester, NY--shows us just what teens can do when they are encouraged to learn about death. (See video above.)


The Harley School's hospice program, known as Hospice Corps, is the brainchild of English teacher Bob Kane. Bob takes his class of seniors through a daily learning process that utilizes classroom learning with fieldwork at the local comfort care homes--a special hospice model where patients stay in two-bedroom single-family homes.  


In the beautiful documentary about the program, Death and Other Signs of Life, the teens talk about what this incredible program has taught them. Their compassion and dedication is truly inspiring.

To learn more about The Harley School's hospice program, click here. 


5 Myths About Hospicare  
Photo by Siobhan McClory


Quality end-of-life care isn't about how you die; it's about how you live! Every day we help our patients and their family members live to the fullest they are able, providing comfort and guidance along the way. We serve our community, but many myths still exist that keep our neighbors from seeking out our services. Below are five myths someone you know may still hold about Hospicare.


1. Choosing Hospicare means that I'm giving up.  


When cure is no longer possible, Hospicare provides the type of care most people say they want at the end of life--comfort and quality of life. Very often we hear family members say "We wish we'd known about Hospicare's services sooner."


2. Hospicare won't allow me or my family to be involved in making decisions about treatment.


Hospicare puts patients and families at the center of care. Our trained, professional team members provide guidance and encourage open, honest communication about individual wishes and choices.


3. I want to care for my husband at home; I don't want him to go to the Hospicare residence.


Hospicare is not a place, but a philosophy of care. The majority of our patients stay in their own homes while receiving hospice care, surrounded by their family and familiar settings.


To read more, click here.


Save the Dates!
  • Tuesday Lunch Group: 9/10, Noon
  • Evening Support Group for All Bereaved: 9/18,   5:30-7:00 PM  
  • Wednesday Breakfast Group: 9/25, 8:30 AM 
  • Grief 101: For Grievers, 9/23, 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Standing in Our New Lives, 10/8, 15, 22 & 29,    2:30-4:00 PM
  • Grief 101: After the First Year, 10/21, 5:30-7:30 PM  
  • Hospicare's 30th Anniversary Celebration: 11/8, 6:00-9:00 PM    

For more information on any of the above groups or events, please call 607-272-0212, or visit our Events page to download a PDF of our current calendar.


Our mission is to bring medical expertise and compassionate, respectful care to people and their loved ones at any stage of a life-threatening illness, and to provide information and education about advanced illness, dying and bereavement to the entire community.
In This Issue
Women Swimmin'
Bereavement Group
The Harley School
5 Myths
Save the Dates
In the News
Websites of Interest
Support Our Mission
In the News

Deciding When to Enter a Palliative Care Unit
Some hospitals are starting to offer palliative care units designed to treat symptoms and increase comfort.

Exchanging a Blanket for a Code Blue
How some hospitals are prioritizing comfort and connection at the end of life.

How Social Media Is Changing the Way We Approach Death

Death has long been taboo in American culture, but an open conversation online can increase our enjoyment of life and understanding of its eventual end.


A Good Death: How Boomers Will Change the World a Final Time
A generation that has refused to go quietly into any life stage weighs in on the biggest issue of them all: how to die.
Websites of Interest

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offers information about pain management.    

Journey of Hearts
An online healing place for those who are grieving.  
Reaching out
Help terminally ill people spend the end of their lives peacefully and without pain.

Our Wish List
Items to make patients and their families more comfortable.

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