Sprinkling Fairy Dust to make Dreams come True
Caring for pediatric hospice patients can be emotionally challenging, but our wonderful team of nurses, nursing assistants, chaplains, social workers and volunteers do an outstanding job. Recently we arranged for the beautiful Princesses for a Purpose - Tinkerbell, Belle and Cinderella - to celebrate our patient's 10th birthday during her stay in Hospice House.
Parties! An Easy way to show your Support
Mentioning birthdays - won't you join us in celebrating our 36th birthday this month by hosting a Summer Nights party? These fundraising parties can be as simple as a brunch or as fancy as a catered dinner. Your guests' tax-deductible donations support our Daily Impact Fund. Party invitations, donation cards, cocktail napkins and lots of planning help are available!  Find out more here.
Coming soon: The Demere Center for Living
Set to be finished later this month, we are excited to show you how beautiful this building is both inside and out!  The result of a $3 million community capital campaign, the Center at 6000  Business Center Drive off Chatham Parkway will house our community programming: The Steward Center for Palliative Care, Full Circle Grief &  Loss Center and our new Edel Caregiver Institute  which will provide caregivers with a full array of training and support. Courses will focus on education from the time of diagnosis, wellness for the caregiver, legal/financial classes, and more. Mark your calendars for the official ribbon cutting on September 25th at 11:00 a.m.!
Tips for Health & Sanity that every Caregiver Needs

The Edel Caregiver Institute, mentioned above, will provide help to many in our community who daily join the ranks of caregiver.  This excellent PBS Newshour feature offers practical tips to help them gain control over their situation: "Caregiving can be an emotional roller coaster. On the one hand, caring for a family member demonstrates love, commitment and can be a very rewarding experience. On the other hand, exhaustion, worry, inadequate resources, dysfunctional families and seemingly never-ending demands can leave you feeling overwhelmed..." 

Remembering our loved ones
We are grateful to everyone who remembers their loved ones through a memorial gift to Hospice Savannah. Read the names of those remembered during May.
Dicky and Dana's Art Show continues

This is the last month to see the beautiful wood sculptures of Dicky Stone and the plein-air Savannah cityscapes by painter Dana Richardson. Their work is on display in our Hospice Savannah Art Gallery through the end of June. Read Lauren Flotte's review of their work here. As always, a portion of proceeds benefits our Daily Impact Fund, making a difference each day in the lives of our patients and their families.

6 Questions every Doctor should be asking Patients

Our Steward Center for Palliative Care team fervently believes that every physician has a responsibility to give patients information they need to make decisions about the medical interventions they want when they are dying. In his book, "The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care" Angelo Volandes, MD, MPH declares that this is not an easy task, but believes it's not optional, either. Read his six questions here.  For information about palliative care in our local healthcare system, please call Steward Center coordinator Melissa Wright-Henderson at 912. 353.8014.
Listen to GPB story on Camp Aloha

Thanks to Emily Jones of GPB Savannah for her thoughtful coverage of our overnight children's grief camp, Camp Aloha.

Our Full Circle counselors and volunteers will offer a Camp Aloha family day camp on Saturday, August 15. Details can be found here, or call 912.303.9442.
Caregivers explain their fears and why they chose to ask us for Help
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