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

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

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

The Greatest Gift

Debra PodishDeath 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

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

Brenda StoutAdvanced 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