Spring 2018

Sharing our special moments
with you.
Virtual Reality at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House

2018 Thresholds Conference:
Making Space for Grief in Our Lives

Thank you - 10 Years of Care Campaign Update

Spotlight: New Board Members

HSM in Print!


Virtual Reality at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House
The University of New England and Hospice of Southern Maine recently partnered with research staff from Embodied Labs , a Los Angeles-based educational technology company, for their upcoming virtual reality simulation project focused on end of life.

For two days in January, researchers from Embodied Labs immersed themselves at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House to learn first-hand what a patient experiences during end-of-life decisions and conversations.

Embodied Labs creates virtual reality trainings that simulate the physical and emotional feelings patients experience when facing a diagnosis. Working with healthcare institutions and universities across the country, the company aims to create better patient-centered care.
During their time at Gosnell, Embodied Labs researchers were able to observe and experience the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of end of life from both the patient’s experience and the perspective of the HSM care team. They learned about the support our staff provides and the interdisciplinary model of hospice care that we use to support patients and their families. The simulation, expected to be available to UNE students in May, will provide both the hospice patient’s perspective as well as that of the healthcare provider.
Left-Right: Keirsten Littlefield, GMHH House Manager; David Desbrow, Head of Programs at Embodied Labs; Erin Washington, Head of Curriculum at Embodied Labs; Daryl Cady, CEO of HSM
“It was a privilege to be at Gosnell and shadow their staff. We were blown away by how they work together and the care they give to patients,” said Erin Washington, co-founder and head of customer experience at Embodied Labs. “We hope that when these labs are used in training it helps the care team feel more empowered and equipped to use care practices that make a difference in the lives of patients and their families.”

From their observations, Embodied Labs will create a virtual reality simulation that allows users to experience the full range of emotions and thought processes that occur when one is experiencing end of life. Their past simulations have included “The Alfred Lab: Hearing & Vision Loss” and “The Beatriz Lab: Alzheimer’s disease.” To read more about this exciting partnership, check out this article recently published by Mainebiz: Virtual reality enlightens medical students about end-of-life care.
Thresholds Conference 2018
Making Space for Grief in Our Lives
with Kate Braestrup
Wednesday, May 2
9 am - 1 pm
Hannaford Hall, USM Portland Campus
$25 / Lunch & Free garage parking

Woven in and out of every life, grief is the faithful companion we don’t want when someone we love dies. It inserts itself in our relationships, it follows us into the workplace, and it changes us forever in ways we could never have imagined. The other side of grief is its potential to be our greatest teacher, the source of our strength, and the catalyst for growth. Join us for real conversations about grief, professional advice on coping, and tips for helping friends, co-workers, and family members, and perhaps even yourself.
Kate Braestrup, bestselling author and chaplain with the Maine Warden Service will give the keynote address. Daryl Cady (CEO, Hospice of Southern Maine) and Carol Schoneberg (Bereavement Services Manager, Hospice of Southern Maine) will discuss the impact of grief in the workplace. The Conference will conclude with a community panel sharing poignant stories of loss. Tickets are $25 and include a light lunch.

To register and for more information, click here .
10 Years of Care Campaign Update - THANK YOU!
2017 marked the 10 year anniversary of Gosnell Memorial Hospice House’s founding. To mark this milestone, in September we launched the 10 Years of Care Campaign and asked our community to come together in support of Gosnell like they did in 2007. We were blown away by your response! 651 donors helped us exceed our goal, an amazing accomplishment that will make a real difference for the patients and families we serve.

Thank you very much for your continued generosity and belief in our mission of compassionate care, it is sincerely appreciated.
Spotlight: Meet Our New Board Members
Theo Kalikow, PhD

Theodora J. Kalikow is President Emerita of the University of Maine, Farmington, where she served from 1994-2012. She also served as President of the University of Southern Maine during 2012-14. Kalikow holds degrees from Wellesley College, MIT, and Boston University. She is an active educational consultant and serves on the Boards of Directors of Maine Media College and Breakwater Learning. 

When asked why the hospice mission inspires her, Theo responded, "Hospice is a unique social service that supports people and their families in the final stages of life. Of course it provides comfort, but perhaps more important, it creates a strong and reliable social framework within which the dying person can do their important final work, and the family and other caregivers can do theirs, without distraction, pain, or other worries. My brother Dan died in hospice care several years ago, and our entire family was enabled by Hospice to participate in his passage with loving acceptance."
Laura Madigan-McCown, Ethicist

Laura is a clinical ethicist at Maine Medical Center where she conducts ethics consultations and helps to coordinate the hospital ethics committee. Laura also serves as faculty for the Maine Medical Center Nurse Residency Program and the Palliative Medicine and Clinical Ethics rotation for medical students and fellows. Laura has a Masters in Social Work from Boston University and a Masters in Theological Ethics, with a concentration in Bioethics, from Boston College. She has also completed advanced course work and training at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics.

When asked why the hospice mission inspires her, Laura answered, "Compassion, care and comfort through end of life is a mission that inspires me because it is so important for a person approaching the end of life to receive care that ensures their dignity is respected. I believe that we, as individuals and as a society, are ethically obligated to care for those who are experiencing the physical, emotional, and existential challenges that often accompany life limiting conditions, and to support their loved ones in the process. It is inspiring to see and hear stories of the diverse services provided by hospice staff who work with those nearing death, and who do so with great compassion and dedication. It is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to assist in advancing the mission of Hospice of Southern Maine."

HSM in Print!

HSM chaplain Larry Greer recently wrote an op-ed for the Portland Press Herald about the importance of self-care when acting as a care partner for a loved one. It's a great reminder that self-care is not selfish.
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