Welcome Robin Axness, Advancement Director

Audrey SmithHospice

  Join us in welcoming Robin Axness as the Advancement Director for Hospice House and Support Care. Robin brings to this position more that 20 years of experience in nonprofit sector fundraising and marketing/communications. Robin comes to us from the Wilton Library Association in Wilton Connecticut where she served as the Director of Development for the past five years. Prior … 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

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

Obituaries and Empty Spaces: Reflections on Vigil Volunteering

Debra PodishDeath 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