Most people have probably heard this famous quote or a similar spin-off. While we may turn to a trusted accountant to help deal with taxes, for many families facing the death of a loved one is a daunting task. To help individuals and their families deal with the end-of-life journey, Cherokee Regional Medical Center Hospice started providing care to area residents in 1992.
The Hospice philosophy centers on compassionate care and focuses on pain and symptom management. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death and recognizes that dying is a natural part of the life process. Contrary to what many believe, Hospice is not about giving up. Rather, CRMC Hospice helps provide a better quality of life in the remaining time and allows patients to die in comfort and with dignity.
"CRMC Hospice exists to provide compassionate, effective care that is sensitive to the individual patient's and family's physical, social, mental and spiritual needs," says Gretchen Cooney, Volunteer Coordinator and Bereavement Assistant for CRMC Hospice.
"Each patient and their family are unique and receive customized care, depending on their needs."
The CRMC Hospice Team includes local RN's, doctors, aides, social workers, clergy, pharmacists, volunteers, therapists and dieticians who work together to develop each plan of care. The services of CRMC Hospice are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to insure that patient and family needs are met. Services are provided in the home, in nursing facilities and at the hospital.
CRMC Hospice service does not end with the death of the patient. Bereavement services are offered to every family through quarterly face-to-face or telephone contact, monthly bereavement mailings, and the annual Trees of Light Memorial Service. An extensive grief library is also available along with "Living with Loss" grief support group programs offered twice a year.
CRMC Hospice care is funded by Medicare, Medicaid, and is covered under many insurance plans. A benefit of being under Hospice care is that many expenses are covered that would not be under other treatment plans. Those items covered include pain and symptom control medications, medical equipment used in the home, inpatient care for caregiver respite, homemaker and bereavement services, and many others.
Through the years, many generous donors have also helped to fund CRMC Hospice, which is a local, not-for-profit provider of hospice services, through the annual Trees of Light Memorial Service. Again this year, CRMC Hospice will have lighted Christmas trees in Cherokee, Marcus, Aurelia and Holstein during the holiday season.
These trees are a special way of remembering your friends and loved ones. You may help light the trees through a tax-deductible donation of any size. The money that is raised through this holiday tradition is used to help CRMC Hospice continue to serve and provide end-of-life and bereavement care in the area. Each of the trees will glow throughout December as a remembrance of the special people in our lives who have died.
There will be a tree lighting and memorial service held at Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Beck (just east of the hospital). In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside to the CRMC Main Entrance Lobby. The evening will include the lighting of the tree, music, readings and a message of hope to carry us through the holiday season. The public is invited. A reception in the CRMC 1st Floor Conference Room will follow the service providing a special time of fellowship and remembering.
If you would like to support the efforts of CRMC Hospice, donation forms can be picked up at the hospital, and several business locations around the area. You may also call CRMC Hospice at 225-6459 for questions, or pick up donation forms at their office location at 1000 S. 2nd, Cherokee. CRMC Hospice greatly appreciates your support.