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Nancy Lebey Solana art reception tomorrow
Join Nancy at her opening reception tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at our  Hospice Savannah Art Gallery.  A native Savannahian who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at U.G.A., Nancy will show Lowcountry- inspired watercolors and oils.
  The work was painted for Hospice Savannah in honor of Nancy's father, Clifford Lebey, who spent the last six weeks of his life at Hospice House. Nancy says the show is dedicated to him, "a man who loved and was loved dearly, and who modeled the essence of care, honesty, and integrity. It is in his treasured memory and in honor of the dedication of those who work at Hospice Savannah to minister the same wonderful, tender care that gives solace and comfort to the families who gather in this place to say goodbye to their loved one. The grace and dignity with which its residents and family are treated here is a gift to both patients and loved ones alike. May these paintings bring a bit of comfort and pleasure to all who daily give of themselves, and to those who come in need of it."
Full Circle awarded grant to help children affected by gun violence

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Chief Joseph Lumpkin, Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher and other community leaders attended a press conference earlier today at our Full Circle Grief and Loss Center. We announced that the New York Life Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to fund a two-year initiative entitled "We the Living: A Community-based Children's Grief and Violence Support Network.
 
The grant supports the development of specialized services to address the urgent and unique bereavement needs of an estimated 200 or more low-income, predominantly African-American children and youth in Savannah-Chatham County who have experienced the death of a loved one as a result of escalating rates of homicide and gun violence. Read the full press release here, and please call Full Circle at 912.303.9442 if interested in participating as a neighborhood-based bereavement volunteer.   
Caring for a loved one at home can have a steep learning curve
Listeners to NPR's Morning Edition on December 12 heard that the learning curve for husbands, wives and adult children taking on the new role of family caregiving can be steep indeed. One of the family members interviewed said, "What we really needed was for someone to sit me down in a class and tell me, here's how you change the sheets while she's in the bed. Here's how to give a sponge bath. Here's how to monitor her blood pressure."

The Edel Caregiver Institute
The Edel Caregiver Institute
  
We know. And we can help. These and similar skills are regularly taught in our Edel Caregiver Institute's "Family Caregiving" class. Full details are on these web pages. Please help us to spread the word about this free, community resource made possible through the generosity of our donors.
Join us for lunch: Annual lecture series focuses on Spiritual Caregiving
YOU are invited to attend the lunch and panel discussion portion of our Annual Lecture series on Friday, January 27 at 12 noon at the Mercer Auditorium, 1250 E. 66th Street in Savannah. The panel (consisting of Sr. Donna Marie Coward, Rev.Thurmond Tillman, Chaplain Jeff Hartman, Rabbi Robert Haas and Ms. Rita Slatus) will be facilitated by Dr. Leisa Easom, and will focus on The  Caregiving Crisis and how Religious Communities can Help. 

RSVP for the complimentary lunch by calling 912.629.1080. Full details on the other presentations for medical professionals, doctors, etc. can be found  at this link.   We are grateful to lecture series sponsors: Bart, Meyer & Company, the Endowment Fund of the Georgia Medical Society, and St. Joseph's/Candler Foundations.  
Hospice Savannah- A stalwart Savannah business

 
Thanks to the Savannah Morning News for featuring us in their Business section recently. Here is a snippet:
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how have you overcome it?
A: Our biggest challenge is having families wait until the last minute to access our help. Too often, patients and doctors hold out hope for one more surgery or one more treatment and are not realistic about the prognosis of the terminal disease. It has been clinically shown that utilizing hospice and palliative care actually extends both the quality and the length of life, yet we regularly have patients die in the ambulance en route from the hospital or very shortly after their arrival to their own home or Hospice House. Families are being robbed of the opportunity to have the meaningful conversations needed to finish up the business of living - saying, "I love you," "I'm sorry" and so on.
We struggle to overcome our society's aversion to death, but we try to have patients with serious or chronic illness access help earlier through the Steward Center for Palliative Care, and we try to provide help and support to the loved ones looking after them through our 

Thank you for your support
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HOSPICE SAVANNAH: People with a Gift for Helping
HOSPICE SAVANNAH: People with a Gift for Helping

The short video above gives an overview of our care and addresses some of the fears you may have about calling for help.