Bristol Hospice Hawaii held their annual Celebration of Life along with Honoring our Veterans on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, at the Oahu Veterans Center.
Our very own Bereavement Coordinator, Ahi Johnson, along with many Bristol Hospice staff members and volunteers made this a memorable day for the many families and friends who attended.
Ahi Johnson & Katinka Hammerich
The event started with UH ROTC flag bearers marching to our National Anthem, followed by the Hawaiian National Anthem. Chaplain Bill Crockett said the opening prayers to begin the opening ceremony.
UH ROTC flag bearers
Afterward, Eddie Belluomini, a Veteran and a Clinical Supervisor for Bristol Hospice Hawaii, delivered a historical look back at what Veterans Day means and why Veterans Day will never be forgotten.
Eddie Belluomini (Veteran & Clinical Supervisor)
Shortly after, Iris Hashimoto and her daughter Kate performed a gracious lovely short hula “One More Day” by Waipuna.
The ceremony ended with the staff and volunteers welcoming friends and families to make any last words of remembrance for their loved ones, and to write the names of their loved on cards. As their loved one’s name was called out, a family member would place their card on the remembrance tree.
Special thanks to our Bereavement Coordinator, Ahi Johnson, and the many volunteers and presenters that made this event another memorable and loving day.
Bristol Hospice – Hawaii happily supported an annual event hosted by Kaui Kauhi & friends at the Waimanalo Beach Pavilion, this Sunday, November 20, 2016.
The Thanksgiving Brunch event was held to support the many local families who are less fortunate. It was a time of giving, a time of community, a time of food, a time of having fun and a time of support.
Free haircuts for the children of Waimanalo
Jomel Duldulao and Jordan supporting a great cause.
Kaui Kauhi speaking in front of the Waimanalo Community to encourage and inspire community and hope.
100’s of Toys, soccer balls, footballs, volleyballs, bicycles, and tricycles for giveaways.
There was plenty of fun live entertainment performed by local bands such as Typical Hawaiians and Shyne. The plentiful Thanksgiving buffet was donated by friends, families, and local vendors like Sergs Mexican Restaurant. The most rewarding moments were the smiles on the faces of the children as they were handed tricycles, footballs, scooters and the many new toys donated from various local businesses, families, and friends of the event.
Our very own Executive Director, Dr. Chung and her family attended and participated in the activities along with our Clinical Supervisor Eddie Belluomini and his family and Director of Community Relations, Jomel Duldulao and his family.
Jomel Duldulao with Kaui Kauhi.
Dr. Chung with Kaui Kauhi
Dr. Chung and Eddie Belluomini and family
The day was filled with giving, fun, laughter, joy and community building.
Many thanks and Mahalo to our host Kaui Kauhi & Friends.
Leila Williams, Jomel Duldulao, Alton Fujio and Johanna Umiten from Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii were pleased to attend the Wahiawa Community Based Development Organization (CBDO) Kupuna Health Fair on Friday, July 29, at Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission.
This event was a senior health fair for the Wahiawa community. On Friday, seniors from ages 60 and older were bussed in from senior communities such as the Franciscan and West Loc Senior Center. The Honolulu Police Department was kind enough to help organize this event through their program “Weed and Seed,” which aims to improve the quality of life for the people they protect. For more information on the Wahiawa CBDO, you can contact the organization by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 808-206-8195.
A very special “thank you” from Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii to all of those who made this event possible.
Check out some of the photos from this event below!
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The Convoy of HopeOahu 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.
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 Veteransprogram. 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:
Network with other hospices across the country to learn about best practice models
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.
Helpful links 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).
Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii, LLC is 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.