Weekly Touchpoint 4/13

Abby EmbryUncategorized

In these uncertain times it can be challenging to know where to look for comfort or support — our social connections are disrupted, and we are all experiencing a loss of connection or even the loss of a loved one. In times such as this, we are here to help. Beginning next week on Monday, and weekly on the Mondays … Read More

Longing for Hugs and Hands

Abby EmbryUncategorized

When I set out to become a chaplain, I knew it was important for me to experience working with individuals in a variety of ways so I could know if this work was something I could really do.  What I quickly learned after visits in nursing homes and private homes was how holding a hand, or offering a hug was … Read More

Welcome New Student Intern Elizabeth Spare

Abby EmbryUncategorized

Last summer Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg welcomed its first student intern working with our Chaplaincy Director in care of our guests, family, and bereaved. This semester we are welcoming a graduate student from William & Mary from the School of Education, studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Elizabeth Spare. She received her Bachelor’s of Science from James Madison … Read More

New Additions to Our Library

Abby EmbryDeath and Dying

Did you know Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg has a library? It’s a library unlike any other in that it is specifically curated with our families, guests, and greater community in mind. It contains hundreds of titles specific to end-of-life and bereavement.  Books range from grief memoirs and grief psychology to caregiver guides and children’s books. Read below … Read More

Hops, Hope, and Hillbilly Jazz a Great Success

Abby EmbryHospice

We are extremely grateful to Virginia Beer Company and all who supported Hops, Hope, & Hillbilly Jazz for Hospice House! We had a wonderful time and the event raised  over $2,000 for Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg. Special thanks to  Courtenay Motley,  Paul Todd Music,  Jon Smith Music , Hoot&Annie, Wyatt Baldwin, DJ Kudlz , and  Carmen’s Jamaican Authentic Cuisine for  your support.

Men’s Charity Tennis Tournament Raises $32,000 for Hospice House

Abby EmbryHospice

The 21st Annual Men’s Charity Tennis Tournament was held on Saturday, September 28. The tournament was sponsored by C&F Bank and was held at the Kingsmill Tennis Center. Men’s Charity Tennis board members and donors presented Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg with a check for $32,000. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Men’s Charity … Read More

Obituaries and Empty Spaces: Reflections on Vigil Volunteering

Abby EmbryDeath and Dying

A reporter from the Chicago Sun Times called me a couple of weeks ago to inquire if I knew anything about the death or funeral details of a woman who recently died at Sentara Hospital. This woman, Louise Hutchinson, was a former reporter for the Chicago Tribune and her recent obituary made reference to Hospice House & Support Care. I … Read More

National Volunteer Week: Giving Thanks for our Hospice House Volunteers

Abby EmbryUncategorized

This week is National Volunteer Week and it’s also the week after the Hospice House Guild volunteers received the first annual Outstanding Service to Seniors award, presented by Williamsburg Landing.  Hospice House Guild Volunteer President Bernice Todd accepted the award from Williamsburg Landing CEO and President Greg Storer on behalf of the 350 Hospice House Guild volunteers. Mr. Storer presented … Read More

The Greatest Gift

Abby EmbryDeath and Dying, Hospice

“We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws … Read More