Art Reception this Friday
We hope you'll join artists Karen Macek and Heather MacRae-Trulson at their opening reception at our Hospice Savannah Art Gallery this Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Their work could not be more different!  Karen's pieces are inspired by a recent trip to Africa, while Heather's abstractions are influenced by urban and suburban landscapes. Read more about their show here.
Camp Aloha Family Day Camp
We are excited to give families the tools they need to effectively grieve, share memories and feelings, and stay connected while moving forward after the death of a loved one. Family Day Camp, underwritten by the Kaminksy Automotive Group and an anonymous donor, will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15 at the new Full Circle location - inside the Demere Center for Living at 6000 Business Center Drive. There is a $50 registration fee and scholarships are available. To find out more, please contact Barbara Moss at Full Circle, 912.303.9442.
Party On!
Our June Summer Nights fundraising parties are spilling over into July! If you've been procrastinating, there is still time to contact Ophelia Rodriguez and get some party planning assistance. We thank all the generous hosts and their guests for supporting our Daily Impact Fund.  Read the full list of hosts here. Above are guests Les and Ge-Juan Wilkes at Bobbi Hettler and Debra Larson's party held at Panera Bread.
12th Annual Robbie Smith Golf Outing to benefit Hospice Savannah
Robbie was a sports- and fun-loving young man who died at Hospice House in the early 1990's. His father and friends organize an outing each year in his honor. Sign up by calling Kevin Ainsworth at 912.655.1933, Steve Proper at 912.660.8046 or Eddie Cannon at 678.662.5340. The 2015 Outing will be held on Saturday, August 22 at The Club at Savannah Harbor with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start. $100 per person includes complimentary lunch, beverages on the course and prizes. $120 per person also includes two mulligans, one raffle ticket, a tee-buster on hole 14, an eagle putt on hole 7, and a "Fantasy" scratch-off card for a chance to win a complimentary round of golf.
Other Ways to Contribute
There are many way to support Hospice Savannah, and our "Wish List" has items of all shapes and sizes! Could you help a Homecare patient with a gift of a comfy jogging suit or loungewear? Or provide a digital camera for use by our wonderful volunteers ? Check out our wish list online or call Jennifer in our Foundation at 912.629.1055 for more information. We are also grateful to the families who left memorials to us after their loved one died under our care. Here is the list of those honored or remembered in June.
Doctors play pivotal role in determining end-of-life decisions
A new Brigham & Women's Hospital study echoes what we at Hospice Savannah already know to be true: physicians have outsized influence in shaping how patients spend their final days. Lead researcher Dr. Ziad Obermeyer believes a key factor is the mentality of many physicians that "death is failure." He says, "From the time we take organic chemistry forward, we don't like to fail. But in a lot of ways, death is not the greatest failure. In a lot of ways, not giving patients the care they want is failure." So have those conversations about your end-of-life wishes with your loved ones now, be clear when you want to enroll in hospice and get your wishes in writing. Information on  advance care planning is available on our website.
Coming Soon!
Mark your calendar for the ribbon cutting of our Demere Center for Living, 6000 Business Center Drive. The Center houses The Steward Center for Palliative Care, Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, and our new Edel Caregiver Institute. Dr. Leisa Easom, Executive Director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving will be our speaker at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 25. The Rosalynn Carter Institute has been a great resource as we develop the curriculum set to launch that same month. Here's a  link to their current newsletter, The Caregiver's Advocate: our new program is highlighted on Page 8.
Caregivers explain their fears and why they chose to ask us for Help
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