Hospice Community Forum

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Welcome to the Forum!! HVA, the world's leading association for hospice volunteers and hospice volunteer managers, offers this resource to the hospice community and the public-at-large as a public service. If you have a loved one that is seriously ill and is contemplating hospice care, we are here to help direct you and your family to such care and to answer any questions you might have. We also have many resources that can help you as well.

The Hospice Community Forum is open to all members of the hospice community and is sponsored by the Hospice Volunteer Association. Join us!!

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Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living & Dying, produced by Michael Stillwater and Gary Malkin, provides anyone in transition with a powerful experiential tool for being more compassionate, aware and appreciative. This unique 2-CD set contains spoken and written contributions by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Ram Dass, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Ira Byock and other spiritual mentors and guides.

HVA Member Discount: 20%



HIPAA Compliant Hospice Volunteer Reporting -- Easy to Use & Very Secure

Will Increase Your Efficiency & Reduce Costs of Your Volunteer Program

For the last 8 years HVA's Patient Data Vault program has been revolutionizing the way volunteer programs are managed. Click here to read what Volunteer Coordinators and managers are saying about the program.  This exclusive member-only subscription service currently has over 3,000 active users, has successfully processed over 140,000 patient visit forms for our member hospices and currently manages over 15,000 patients for those hospices. You and your volunteers will enjoy the convenience of being able to communicate about, coordinate, report on and access information for their patient assignments via the Internet 24/7.

Participating hospices are finding many advantages to the PDV Service. This LOW COST service (monthly cost per volunteer is less than the cost of a cup of coffee at your local Starbucks) has numerous cost savings for our member hospices, eases management of their hospice volunteer program and improves the communication efficiency of complex coordination tasks while meeting the strict requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

They find this service extremely productive and an effective volunteer program management tool.  Try it for 30 days FREE!!

For further information about the PDV Service, contact HVA by e-mail or toll-free by telephone at (866) 489-4325.

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Irene Smith posted a blog post

Winged Messanger

  Today august 24th marks the 12th anniversary of the passing of my dear friend and teacher the late pioneering thanatolgist.  Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Every year on this day I post this precious story.  We met in 1979 in Escondido California when I attended my first Life Death Transition workshop. Several workshops later Elisabeth wrote a reference letter in my behalf and told me to take it to hospice. So began my work with the dying and a 25 year friendship with a dear colleague. Elisabeth…See More
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Massage In Hospice Care at Montgomery School of Bodywork and Massage

September 16, 2016 from 1pm to 6pm
This is a special four class to introduce massage practitioners and health care providers to the fundamentals of hospice massage presented by the founding visionary of the hospice massage field Irene Smith click here for a full descriptionhttp://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=3d81fea87900634757467d899&id=c5237edfa0 http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=3d81fea87900634757467d899&id=c5237edfa0See More
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