Coping with Loss.

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The stages of mourning and grief are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life. Mourning occurs in response to an individual’s own terminal illness, the loss of a close relationship, or to the death of a valued being, human or animal.

Every person grieves differently, and typically experience five stages of normal grief. Many do not experience the stages in order. In Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross book, “On Death and Dying” she identified the stages as denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. (source: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation.)

Loved ones that are terminally ill or aging appear to go through a final period of withdrawal. Those coping with loss spend different lengths of time working through each step and express each stage with different levels of intensity.

Bristol Hospice is here to support. Our trained volunteers, Chaplains and Bereavement Counselors provide grief counseling and support groups for those who have experienced loss.

Contact us to learn how our experts provide support for those coping with loss and grief.

Spreading Joy and Smiles!

The Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii team was pleased to participate in Avalon Care Centers’ Carnival, in an effort to bring joy and laughter to the care center’s residents. We were happy to provide some of the games and prizes. Most importantly, our team was able to spend time with some of the Bristol Hospice patients and families, and connect with Avalon Care Center staff.  Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of this fun-filled day for all!

Check out some of the photos from the Carnival below!

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Honoring the Veterans of the Pacific Islands

Recently, the Director of Community Relations for Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii, Jomel Duldulao, was pleased and humbled to attend a memorial service held by the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System. This service, which took place at the Community Living Center at Tripler, was held in honor of all the Veterans whom those in attendance had the privilege of knowing & serving.

The motto, Hele Kikahakaha Kakou (to walk steadily and proudly together) was shared during the ceremony. This reinforces the concept of teamwork with each other and especially with the Veteran and family. It reminds us of the special privilege we have been given as partners in the end-of-life care. Thank you for allowing Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii to support your efforts.

Photos from the event:

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Bristol Hospice Thanks you.

 

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At Bristol Hospice ~Hawaii, we are graciously committed to our mission that all patients and families entrusted to our care will be treated with the highest level of compassion, respect, and quality of care. Thank you for the wonderful comments from those we serve.

Here are just a few of the kinds words we receive.

“Everyone that I met and talked to were very comforting, helpful, informative, caring and always available to assist me as needed. Fantastic team. Fantastic service.”

 

Hospice Care. A Model for Quality, Compassionate Care.

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It is not surprising that most people associate hospice with cancer. In the mid-1970s when hospice came to the U.S., most hospice patients had cancer. Today, more than half of hospice patients in the U.S. have other illnesses for which they are medically eligible for hospice services, such as late-stage heart, lung or kidney disease, and advanced Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. (source: Hospice Foundation of America). Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, VA and most insurance plans cover hospice services.

Hospice is not a place, because Hospice is a plan of care. Patients may receive Hospice services wherever they call home, which may be a private residence or that of a loved one, hospital, assisted living center, or nursing home.

“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the last moment of your life.”
~Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of modern hospice.

Hospice is considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury. Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient’s loved ones as well.  At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.

Typically, in order to receive hospice services:

  • A hospice physician and a second physician (often the individual’s attending physician or specialist) must certify that the patient meets specific medical eligibility criteria;
  • The patient’s life expectancy is 6 months or less if the illness, disease or condition

Click here for resources for end-of-life caregiving resources from Hospice Foundation of America. Or for further information from our Hospice experts, contact us.

Supporting Convoy of Hope Oahu!

Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii is pleased to participate during the Convoy of Hope Oahu Community Event at the Richardson Field near the Aloha Stadium, this Saturday, July 16. Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii Medical Director, Dr. Ritabelle Fernandes, along with other physicians from across the state, will be volunteering during this event.

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The Convoy of Hope Oahu event is just the beginning of a long-lasting movement that has the power to transform people’s lives, inspire compassion and service, and bring people and organizations together like never before. This is a collaborative effort to bring hope to a city through free groceries, health screenings, job services, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, activities for children and more. Learn more about the event and the organization.

Honoring Veterans – A Mission to Serve

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America’s hospice professionals are on a mission to learn how to serve Veterans through the challenges they may be facing from illness, isolation or traumatic life experience.

Bristol Hospice is proud to be hospice partners the We Honor Veterans program. Developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the We Honor Veterans program aims to invite hospices to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment in the care of veterans.

 

As a We Honor Veterans Partner, the Bristol Hospice staff is better to:

 

Also, the keepsake book, “One Who Served: A Memorial Tribute to Your Veteran.” is presented as a gift from Bristol Hospice for the family when their Veteran passes away. The book was written to celebrate military service, recognize the family, define the grieving process and provide resources for assistance. Learn more.

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The VA provides a full range of benefits to all enrolled Veterans. Click the links below for a broad overview of the benefits administered by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).

Contact us for more information about how Bristol Hospice delivers services for our Veterans.