Camp Aloha 2016: April 29 through May 1

F ull Circle's bereavement counselors and volunteers are diligently preparing for our annual overnight camp - designed to give grieving children and teens an opportunity to learn creative ways to cope with their loss, express their emotions and receive support from their peers and professional counselors.
By using music therapy, the arts, storytelling and creative play, the campers have fun while working through the grief process, and perhaps most importantly, they learn that others have shared this experience. Parents and guardians can register their children ages 6 to 17 on-line at , or call Full Circle at 912.303.9442 for more information.
Taking an hour for yourself
A March 1 Chicago Tribune article references a JAMA Internal Medicine study which
reveals that millions of family and friends who help older, disabled adults manage medications and navigate the health system are sacrificing their own well-being.  Using data from two national surveys, the study estimates that 14.7 million unpaid caregivers - mostly family members - assist 7.7 million older adults, nearly half of whom have dementia.
Our Edel Caregiver Institute staff and volunteers know that caregivers frequently view themselves as daughters, spouses, or friends, not necessarily as "caregivers" and are often too overwhelmed to take advantage of support groups and services  However, we urge you to take an hour for yourself  - to be listened to with compassion, and to learn about practical tools and resources. Our next Caregiver 101 classes are from noon to 1:00 p.m. on March 14, April 4, and May 9. Find out more at or call 912.629.1331.
Time for Spring hair cut!

Stylists at the beautiful full-service Brandy George Salon will donate 100% of their proceeds to us on Saturday, March 26. The charity day is organized by stylist Loren Laney in honor of his father Landy Baron Laney (pictured above), who recently died under hospice care in South Carolina. Men's cuts (originally $30) will be $15, and women's cuts (originally $65) will be reduced to $25.

The salon is located at 1115 Whitaker Street overlooking Forsyth Park. Call 912. 231.3538 to make your appointment.    
"I made peace with her death, but not with her dying"
In a recent New York Times Opinion,  writer Barbara Moran explains how her decision to enter medical school was so tied to how her mother died: "She had four months in the I.C.U., endless and pointless and painful procedures, and final days of fear and despair. Why is this medicine's default for so many people?" Why indeed.

A t Hospice Savannah, our mission is to offer help to any one who calls: Let us offer you assistance with caregiving, guidance on medical benefits and community resources, a volunteer in the home, palliative care for symptoms of serious illness, bereavement counseling, or expert end-of-life care when the time is right. We are
much more than hospice. Don't be afraid to reach out for help. Find out more on
our website or call our Admission department directly at 912. 629.1088.
Remembering our loved ones
Oftentimes memorial gifts are made "in lieu of flowers" and can serve as  a meaningful way to honor someone special.  The Hospice Savannah Foundation gratefully acknowledges all memorial gifts regardless of their size, also sending a letter to family members letting them know a donation was made in memory of their loved one.  One recent note enclosed with a memorial gift read, "
Please accept this donation for the wonderful care provided.  It is our hope that this donation will help ensure that others too can receive care for their loved ones during such a difficult time."
For a complete list of those honored or remembered by donations during the month of February, please  click here.
How others got over their fear of hospice....
Click the image to watch an 11-minute educational video donated by grateful family member, Jeff Walker