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!!

Hospice Volunteer News -- Google Alerts

Vernon Area Public Library volunteers make blankets for patients at Heartland Hospice in Buffalo ...

Kathleen Kennedy, Heartland Hospice volunteer coordinator/veteran liaison, said she was grateful for the delivery. “The blankets were delivered by ...

Barbara Beechner

She later served as a hospice volunteer for 25-plus years. Barb's compass was always the golden rule - "Do unto others as you would have them do ...

Hopes & Dreams program creates lasting memories for families of hospice patients

"Facing the loss of a loved one can be especially hard for kids," said Jane Shea, a hospice volunteer specialist for ThedaCare at Home. "This way they ...

Hospice Northwest focused on respecting cultural traditions

Ideally, the hospice volunteer will share similar cultural or religious beliefs with the client, ensuring that the client feels comfortable and understood.



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About the Music

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 10 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 4,000 active users, has successfully processed over 265,000 patient visit forms for our member hospices and currently manages over 30,000 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) 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.

Hospice in the News -- Google Alerts

Fitness fundraising for the East Cheshire <b>Hospice</b>

Sisters-in-laws Abi Lowe and Kyla Eyre have joined forces to raise funds in memory of Abi's oldest sister Christabel who died of cancer in the Hospice in ...

Richard House Children's <b>Hospice</b> celebrates 20th anniversary with grant from London Masons

Richard House Children's Hospice recently celebrated their 20th Anniversary. No-one could have predicted what a year it would be, or the impact it ...

<b>Hospice</b> Care Market Statistics, Facts and Figures, Growth Overview, Size, SWOT Analysis focuses ...

Decisive Players in the report are: LexisNexis, Kindred Healthcare, HCR Manorcare, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, Compassus, VITAS Healthcare ...

Schoolboy inspired by Captain Tom to raise money for St Ann's <b>Hospice</b>

Adam spent his half term holiday cycling 50 laps of his local park raising funds for the Hospice, where his late grandmother was a patient. 3 March 2021.

Doctor shares experiences of <b>Hospice</b> work during Covid-19

Submitted for publication by Laura Mitchell. Dr Geoff Wells has been on placement at St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley since October 2020. Here he ...



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Just Published!!
by Rashani Rea & Kathy Douglas

Those who companion suffering daily, such as hospice nurses and volunteers, will surely appreciate this beautiful work. With 62 original art collages by Rashani Réa, five beautiful chapters by Kathy Douglas, and a foreword by Jean Watson, this exquisite book is a peaceful refuge for contemplation, inquiry, reflection and inspiration for those who traverse the joys and sorrows of nursing.

Kathy Douglas, RN, MPH-HA is a nationally recognized nurse leader, filmmaker and entrepreneur. 

Rashani Réa is a prolific artist and musician, a creatrice of sanctuaries and a respected spiritual mentor.

“This is a beloved book and beyond a book. It is an evocative, poetic, ecstatic, and inspirited sacred, experiential calling. A calling to you--YES, YOU.” 

— Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, Living Legend (AAN)

“Those who companion suffering daily need to turn inward to metabolize what they have witnessed. This exquisite book, filled with beautiful images and poetic wise words, is the inspiration and support needed to grow a wise heart.” 

— Frank Ostaseski, founder and director of the Metta Institute and author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully

“In this unique time of the COVID-19 pandemic, this book should be considered a tribute to the tremendous courage being displayed by nurses around the world. There is much wisdom conveyed throughout by those who have been there serving others with such grace.” 

Greg Schneider President, HVA, co-author of The Changing Face of Hospice Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care 

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