“Words from your Community Hospice Director”

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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.

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Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Home and Garden Tour 2017

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A stunning home from the 2016 Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Home and Garden Tour

This years Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Home & Garden Tour on Wednesday, July 12th from 10:00 AM­ to 4:00 PM showcases 4 homes from very different era’s. The farmhouse built during the time of the Revolutionary War dates 250 years earlier than the exquisite lake home just completed. In addition to these two homes, you will also visit two homes built in the 1950’s. One is a charming country cape and the other the lakeside home of a master builder and his artist wife. All the homes are either located in Wolfeboro or Tuftonboro. Tickets for this popular event are $40 and are available at Black’s Gift and Paper Store in Wolfeboro and at the Hospice offices in both Wolfeboro
and Laconia. While purchasing your tour ticket, consider purchasing an additional luncheon ticket for $15. This year’s luncheon will be held at O Bistro at The Inn on Main from 11:30 to ­1:30.  Luncheon tickets must be purchased in advance. There will also be a Dine Around Raffle. Purchase raffle tickets the day of the event or Saturday mornings at Harvest Market in Wolfeboro and you could win a gift card to various local restaurants. Come spend a summer day enjoying the architecture and unique qualities of these homes as well as meandering through gardens with a lake view all the while
supporting your community hospice.