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

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

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

National Volunteer Week: Giving Thanks for our Hospice House Volunteers

Kerry MelletteUncategorized

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

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