Waiting for the Rain: A Celebration of Life Reflection

Hannah CreagerUncategorized

This past Thursday, we gathered with our community at Hospice House for our annual Celebration of Life Ceremony. The ceremony is one of three annual services that Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg offers to those grieving the death of a loved one. One of the most beautiful aspects of this service is that it takes place on the … Read More

Why I Hike for Hospice House: It Takes A Village

Hannah CreagerHospice, Uncategorized

I have very specific instructions for my husband about what should happen should I be the one to face a terminal illness first in our marriage and find myself in my last weeks and days of life.  They go something like this: First, he must ensure that I get to listen to some quality country and bluegrass music.  Alison Krauss … Read More

Choosing A Medical Hospice Agency

Hannah CreagerUncategorized

Over the last few years, I’ve had numerous conversations with individuals whose loved ones are facing terminal illnesses.  They call Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg(HHSCW) looking for guidance because they aren’t really sure how to begin having end of life conversations with their loved ones or even how to obtain a medical hospice agency.  Often, they do not … Read More

When a board is more than a board

Hannah CreagerUncategorized

One of the things many people don’t know about Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg is that we offer support groups for unique kinds of loss.  One of these is a support group for individuals dealing with the death of a child: The Compassionate Friends (TCF). As a co-facilitator of this group, it has been rewarding on so many … Read More

Getting Geared Up to Hike

Hannah CreagerUncategorized

I’ve been hiking since I was two years old. My dad would bundle me up every fall and take me on a hiking trail. Living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia made finding a good hiking trail pretty easy, and it also made me deeply in tune with what it meant to get ready to hike. I learned from … Read More

A Whole Lotta Love at Hospice House

Hannah CreagerUncategorized

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning.   This week is National Patient Recognition Week, and it’s also the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, so we’re highlighting the ways we show our love, compassion, care and appreciation to our guests and their families at Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg.   We hope … Read More

On Living: A Review from a Hospice Chaplain

Hannah CreagerUncategorized

Most of my holiday season this year was spent doing something that I love to do, but sometimes have trouble finding time for: reading a book. But I didn’t pick up just any book this season.  I picked up a book written by a hospice chaplain.  It’s called On Living by Kerry Egan. This is a rare find.  There really … Read More

Rearranging the Holidays: A Light-Up-A-Life Reflection

Hannah CreagerUncategorized

The older I get the more conflicted I feel about the holiday season. On the one hand, it can be a very beautiful time of year: the lights, the smells of gingerbread and pine nettles, the sounds of bells and carols.  It’s a time when we can experience the wonder of hope and the tangible proximity of love of family … Read More

3 Reasons to Join A Bereavement Support Group

Hannah CreagerGrief, Hospice

Debra Podish, Director of Patient and Family Volunteer Services (left) and Hannah Creager, Chaplain (right), co-facilitators of our tri-annual bereavement support groups.

Fall is fast approaching, and so is our bereavement support group season. September 6 marked the first day of our Fall Bereavement Support Group here at Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg. We recognize that focused bereavement support groups like ours are not for everyone.  Just as everyone loves differently, everyone grieves differently. Sometimes people who have lost a loved … Read More

“Where’s the chaplain?” Reflections on Last’s Week’s Washington Post Article

Hannah CreagerChaplaincy, Death and Dying, Hospice

Last week the Washington Post published an article about death doulas.  I had an impromptu break-out dance session in my office after reading the article.  Why? I am a chaplain with a nonprofit hospice organization and there was some interesting energy coming from the comments section on this article.   In fact, some of that energy had to do with the … Read More