Free community lecture by Harvard's Dr. Volandes
"Physicians are good people. They want to do the right things. And yet all of us, behind closed doors, in the cafeteria, say, 'Do you believe what we did to that patient? Do you believe what we put that patient through?'...The most urgent issue facing America today is people getting medical interventions that, if they were more informed, they would not want. It happens all the time."

We are proud to welcome Dr. Volandes, renowned author and patient rights' advocate, as the speaker for our 10th Annual Lecture Series. Join us for a community "Coffee, Croissants and Conversation" on Friday, January 26 at 9:45 a.m. in the Eckburg Auditorium at Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff when he will discuss his low-tech, high-empathy plan to revolutionize end-of-life care in America.

Dr. Volandes practices internal medicine at Mass General, is on faculty at Harvard Medical School, and authored "The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care." Books will be available for purchase at the lecture. Click here for details on all talks and sponsors' information.
Hospice Savannah Art Gallery reception tomorrow

You are warmly invited to meet local artists, friends and Hospice Savannah volunteers Lind Hollingsworth and Mary Ellen McLaughlin at their opening this Thursday between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Both artists have generously donated a piece in memory of friends who have died under our care. Here is Lind's "Wild Acres", in memory of sculptor and wonderful human Judy Mooney, who frequently taught workshops there. Raffle tickets will be $10 each or three for $25. More information on the artists is available here.
Thanks to Julius and Danyse Edel!
Edel gift

The Edel Caregiver Institute was recently featured by Craig Harney on WTOC-TV's "Good News" segment. We are so grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Julius and Danyse Edel for their generous financial support in making the Caregiver Institute possible to assist you in your caregiver journey.  Find out more about qualifying for a "dementia coach", signing up for a stress-relief session, scheduling a one-on-one meeting about your unique caregiving situation, attending a caregiver support group, etc.  Full details about these free community resources at this link.
Tickets available now for February 8 art tour

Art lovers will  not want to miss Savannah's premier art event on the evening of Thursday, February 8. Tickets include admission to homes on East Jones Street displaying paintings, photography, mixed media and sculpture by over 30 local artists. Homes will feature food stations donated by Savannah's highly acclaimed restaurant The Grey, wines, and a crafted cocktail donated by  The 1970 Vodka.

Ticket proceeds and a portion of art sales support both Arts Resource Collective (ARC)'s mission of arts advocacy in Savannah and the many life-enriching programs and services offered by Hospice Savannah. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple and may be purchased at this EventBrite link. Hurry - we expect this event to be a sell-out!  
Pooler Thrift Shoppe January specials
You never know what you'll find in our Hospice Savannah Thrift Shoppe!  Right now, manager Bonnie has a large donation of new designer watches and purses for sale.  And during the entire month of January all holiday items are 80% off and all house wares are 20% off . Find the store at  331 Highway East in Pooler.
New grief support groups coming soon

In addition to their usual individual and group counseling sessions, our Full Circle bereavement counselors and volunteers will be offering three new groups for anyone who needs extra help navigating their unique grief journey. A spouse/life partner loss group; a "Blue Highways" group offering alternative and more creative techniques of processing feelings; and a story writing workshop will begin in February.  Full details here.
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor...
Thanks to our staff who risked the icy roads to care for patients during the recent "Snowvannah" event! Hospice House nurse Nancy snapped this picture of the " We Honor Veterans " memorial on our grounds.

If you are reading this E Newsletter, you probably already are convinced that "Waiting too long to use hospice care can make suffering at end-of-life worse." That's the title of a December 2017 article in Consumer Reports. Read it here and share the insights so people with terminal illnesses will have ongoing discussion about goals and priorities with their loved ones and doctors - ideally  long before hospice care is broached.