Thrift Shoppe ribbon cutting is Tuesday

The three Bonnies look forward to seeing you at our Thrift Shoppe's Grand Opening celebration on Tuesday, June 6. Pictured left to right are volunteer Bonnie Wynn, manager Bonnie Starr and volunteer Bonnie Turner! Join them for the ribbon cutting at 10:30 am; spin the Wheel of Fortune for your shopping discount; enjoy lemonade and cookies from the Byrd Cookie Cruiser; and win raffle and door prizes!  Click here to read more information on volunteering or donating to the Shoppe - we can now make some limited pickups at  the Landings. The store is located at 331 US Highway 80 E in Pooler.
New caregiver support groups
Our Edel Caregiver Institute is partnering with Senior Citizens, Inc. to offer additional evening caregiver support groups this summer. We are also happy to offer an additional evening restorative yoga and deep relaxation class to help family caregivers relax tired muscles and soothe stressed minds. Caring for an autistic child, a seriously ill spouse or parent with dementia can seem overwhelming. Call 912.629.1331 or visit our website to read our class schedule and learn about the help we offer at no charge.
Offering Pet Peace of Mind
What a great cover story by writer Susan Lee in the current issue of Pooler Magazine! Susan interviews Jackie Tatum who volunteers with our Pet Peace of Mind program and currently fosters Cooper, a one-year-old terrier mix, for one of our patients. We hope to find Cooper a "forever home". Jackie says, "Hospice patients want to know that their family is taken care of and that includes their pets."   Read the full article here and find our more about Cooper by calling us at 912.629.1048.
Time for Summer Nights parties
We literally held a meeting for potential party hosts while tornado sirens wailed! Despite having to move both our meeting and our Hospice House patients into the hallways, plans are in place for a summer of fundraising and friend-raising parties! There is still time to plan one of your own... Check out the current list of hosts and all the information  you need at this link , and/or call our Foundation's Ophelia Rodriguez for invitations, ideas and all the help you need!
We invite you to attend a community Summer Nights party at the coffee-deli  in Habersham Village in Savannah on June 10. Enjoy an evening of food, fun and music by the Midtown Pickers. Volunteer and second-year party host Faye Allen is pictured with one of the premier silent auction items: a Rock Legends Cruise V Fender Guitar with signatures from members of REO Speedwagon, Credence Clearwater Revisited, Little Feat, the Marshall Tucker Band, Pat Benatar, Todd Rundgreen and many more! 
Inspiring memories of Camp Aloha
Bereavement counselor Betsy Kammerud (pictured) shared these thoughts after returning home from last month's weekend-long Camp Aloha for grieving children. 
For the past nine years, I have joked about this Sunday being the most wonderful day of the year because camp is ended!  Joking aside, it really is the best day...
Every morning on the first Sunday in May, I am given the opportunity to watch kids, who less than 48 hours ago didn't know each other, support each other through the final hours of camp. They remind each other that they hold their shared memories with reverence. They get a chance to ask our amazing medical director questions that they might have not felt they could ask before. Questions like, "Does it hurt to get shot?", "Why did she kill herself if she seemed happy?", or my new favorite after nine years, "What do they do with the dead bodies especially the private parts?"
They say goodbye to kids who have a good chance of becoming life long friends. I also get to watch amazing volunteers muster the energy to guide the campers through a few more hours. They have watched over them, held them, played games and sang songs, and modeled in amazing and authentic ways what healthy grieving looks like. The effort and the love is always inspiring. I am grateful for them all.
Then, towards the end of the morning, the parents and guardians come to camp. They are filled with hopes and fears and anxious to hear how their child did at camp. The relief is palpable when they learn their child is more resilient than they thought. The campers, parents/guardians, and volunteers all experience together, in the fleeting moments of camp, the last group activity - promising to remember and honor each other's loved one. They have all entered a club in which none of them wished to be a member. As we wave goodbye and send them home, the hope is they will remember that they are not alone and  that sharing their memories and feelings is powerful and  healing."
This and That

  • Always been curious about attending a Death Café? This international movement gives you the chance to discuss your fears and wishes about death without any judgement, fear or agenda. The next community café is June 15.
  • Join our staff and volunteers as we go Bananas at Hospice Savannah Night at the Savannah Bananas game on July 14! Limited tickets ($15 includes all you can eat, sodas, and a $5 donation) available by calling Tonya at 912.298.0303.
  • Finally, watch a moving photo-documentary  as a young photographer shares her parents' struggles and joys as they both fight cancer and eventually die a "good death" under hospice care: "The gift of time: Life before death."
Why we do what we do
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Watch this 40-second testimonial by the wife of one of our patients. Call us - sooner, rather than later - so we can help you access the help you need: 912.355.2289