In Times of Need, Let’s Choose Each Other

Audrey SmithHospice

With the daily evolving crisis of COVID-19, we are navigating the unknown in our personal and community lives. Keeping ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors and our communities as healthy as possible, safe and equipped with basic needs, must be our first priorities. Collectively we are learning to manage and to LIVE within a pandemic. Kindness, compassion and patience matter … Read More

Morrison’s Flower and Gifts Delivers “Cups of Cheer” to Hospice House

Audrey SmithHospice

As part of the Teleflora – Make Someone Smile Week, Morrison’s Flower and Gifts delivered 16 Cups of Cheer to Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg.  These donations have been given to our Summer Bereavement Support Group and placed in our guest rooms and around the house.  Pictured in the photo are Morrison’s owner Arlene Aitken and Diane Schwarz, … Read More

A Special Request From Hospice House

Audrey SmithUncategorized

Thanks to the gifts of our generous donors and dedicated volunteers, Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg (HHSCW) has supported thousands of individuals in our community who have faced a terminal illness, cared for someone at the end of life and those who have sought support through their grief.  The generosity of our community is both remarkable and essential … Read More

It’s National Estate Planning Week: Do you have a will or estate plan in place to protect your family or support a special cause?

Audrey SmithUncategorized

Our mission at Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg (HHSCW) is to enhance the quality of living for individuals facing the last phases of life and to support the people they love.  Taking care of our loved ones is perhaps the our most important responsibility.  Through our lifetime, many of us also support charities that make a difference in … Read More

An Annual Appeal: Take Time, Linger Longer, Grow in Gratitude

Audrey SmithUncategorized

Grief is a tricky thing.  One minute you can be chugging along doing just fine and dandy, when all of the sudden you are struck by sadness or loneliness.  It comes up so swiftly that it forces emotion right out of you like a waterspout.  Sometimes, with tears pouring down my face, I whisper to the nonresponding sky above, “I … Read More

The Advanced Directive: A Way to Live Like We Are Dying and Die Like We Are Living

Audrey SmithAdvanced Planning, Death and Dying, End of Life

In 2008, I knew that my mother was declining in her long battle with endometrial cancer.  My mother had never had a conversation with my family members about advanced care planning.  End-of-life discussions unfortunately felt like taboo for my parents.   Having been an oncology nurse for some time, I knew that hospice care was on the horizon.  At the time, … Read More