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Clarehouse provides 
a loving home,
quality end-of-life care
and access to
hospice services
to people in need.

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If only ...

One night not long ago, my husband had a heart attack. It wasn't something we expected. It wasn't something we had prepared for. Oh, we had talked about what we would do when we got old and our bodies got worn out. We had talked about what we would do if we were in a situation where there was no hope we would recover. We decided we would want to be allowed to die as naturally as possible - with no extra interference - if our quality of life would be so diminished we would no longer be us.

But, we didn't talk about what that would look like. About what we would want that to be like. About who we would want with us when we died. About who we would NOT want with us when we died. About what music we would like to listen to - if any at all. We didn't talk about any of that.
 
Then, one night he had that heart attack and his heart stopped too many times. The doctor said it was probably only the medications keeping his heart beating and he wasn't really alive anymore. He asked for permission to stop the meds. I said yes and that was it.

I never said good-bye to my husband. I just stood outside the room he was in and tried to understand what was going on. I wasn't prepared for this. Things would have been different when my husband died, if only we had talked about what death would look like for us. If only we'd talked about it and had a plan, I'd have known what to do when the doctor gave me a choice. I'd have put that plan into action, as best I could. And I'd have said good-bye to my husband.

If only ...
Marla Taylor, Clarehouse Volunteer
FOCUS ON: 
Our new look!

Fresh image, enduring mission  -  As you've probably noticed in this issue of the Clarehouse connection, we are unveiling a new look for our communications. Over the past 9 months, we've engaged in a rebranding process to better represent our message to the  community. 
We are excited to share this new look that captures the heart of Clarehouse with a warm, vibrant design. You'll see a slight change to the logo (the swoosh is gone) along with a new tagline: Living. Loving. Sharing. that very simply defines our journey. In addition, 7 keywords that capture the essence of our organization are utilized in a dynamic new color palette. We hope you enjoy this new look for Clarehouse.

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IMPACT
Trending now...the basics!
 
Remember those generous service philanthropists who impact Clarehouse guests and families? Community members of all ages and backgrounds offer amazing talents, skills and passions. Care and household assistants, licensed professionals, gardeners, meal providers and fundraising committee members are just some of the roles through which volunteers share themselves. Support Services is dedicated to helping volunteers develop in service roles, engaging each in the basics, to: 
 
     Refresh every aspect of Clarehouse with new energy and purpose.
     Recruit family, friends and neighbors to join in supporting Clarehouse.
     Relate with guests, families, hospice teams, each other and our staff in living out the Clarehouse mission.
     Recognize in little and big ways each person's loving contributions and willingness to learn, grow, do and be.
     Retain interests, commitments and resources to continue sharing Clarehouse with others.
 
Ready to connect? Looking for a way to share? To make an impact? 

Brenda Michael-Haggard, Support Services Director
Helping you prepare
 
We love food! And it's not just about survival. We associate food with celebrating, mourning, comforting, and just general socializing. From celebrating birthday parties to weddings, comforting someone through an illness or a family through the death of a loved one, or gathering with friends, food becomes symbolic of love and nurturing. We put so much focus on food, it is no wonder that we have trouble accepting its absence when a loved one is nearing the end of life.
 
Our bodies are very specifically designed to "shut-down" in an almost mechanical manner. It does not matter what is causing the terminal state, our body slows down metabolic processing. The energy typically used to break down the food is being utilized to maintain blood flow to vital organs. Because of this very natural process, we don't feel hungry as we near death and, in fact, forced nutrition can add to suffering. This can occur days to weeks before we die. Understanding this is important so that we can spend our last days together without feeling guilty or agonized by the thought that our loved one is "starving to death." Our time is too precious.
 
I know this is a simple explanation for a process that can become laden with emotion. Please call or email me if you would like to have a conversation about finding other ways to nurture during this difficult process.
 
Stephanie Carrico, Clinical Director

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