On Monday, April 9th at the Meredith Community Center, residents from the Greater Lakes Region had the pleasure of hearing Carolyn Crosby, MD and hospice medical director of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice speak about Palliative Care and Hospice. This presentation preceded National Healthcare Decision Day on April 16th with the intent of helping […]
Each person finds their own path through the heartbreak of grief. This spring, neighbors of all ages across the Lakes Region are invited to explore how art, music, and nature can be a part of a path of healing through loss and finding wells of creativity and solace as they remember loved ones. “Sometimes art, […]
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is offering Free Blood Pressure Clinics in many communities in Central New Hampshire and around the lake over the coming months. These clinics are an important outreach initiative for our agency to make connections with people in all of the communities we serve. Please take the opportunity to come […]
Every year the We Honor Veterans group from Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, consisting of a team of dedicated veteran volunteers, Jennifer Legassie, Hospice Director and Chief Clinical Nurse, Randy Macdonald, Volunteer Coordinator and Maria Babineau, MSW come together to honor veterans of the past and present by displaying a tree draped in red, […]
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice spends a great deal of time doing many different kinds of Outreach: from partnering with churches for bereavement sessions and memorial services, to educating our community healthcare partners and providing free blood pressure clinics to radio broadcasts with pertinent home care and hospice information. Recently; however, I’ve had the […]
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has long counted Temple B’nai Israel as a good friend and community partner. They have supported us over the years with volunteers and donations and are now raising funds for some of our other partners in the Lakes Region. Having raised thousands of dollars for us in the past, […]
Every day I see family members of our hospice patients go through various stages of grieving. The stages of grief that family members endure are filled with tears, anger and emptiness and their grief tugs at my heart strings every time. As a hospice nurse, it is important that I provide not just the necessary medical care; but that I support the emotional needs of the family by listening to them, providing empathy and guiding them through this process.
Recently, I lost my Grandmother. She was a tough, feisty woman with end stage Alzheimer’s dementia. Her disease process was slow. It took 15 years for her to succumb to this horrible disease and be at peace. After her death, I realized several things. This wasn’t the first time I had lost her; the disease had taken her from me many years ago. And, I was experiencing the tears, anger and emptiness like many of the family members of patients I had supported. I realized that what I needed most was someone who could give me undying support; someone to console me. It was the empathetic hearts, kind souls and vast knowledge of my Grandmother’s Hospice team that helped me navigate the grieving process. They helped me through the roller coaster ride of emotions I was feeling and showed me that there was a way to feel happy and at peace after my Grandmother’s passing. Because the comfort and support I received was coming from this hospice team that had cared for and knew my grandmother it somehow connected me to her in a stronger way. My own experience has now shown me that what my hospice team at the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice does every day is priceless. They are an amazing group of caregivers.
I wish that everyone who loses a loved one could have such a dynamic support team surrounding them, lifting them up and sharing memories that help to guide them past sadness and into a place of peace.