The Bloom Project works with 12 different hospice and palliative care organizations and receives blooms from Zupan’s Markets, Trader Joe’s, Market of Choice, New Seasons Market and Whole Foods.
“This gives us a time to stop, reflect and thank the folks that have passed for what they’ve been in our lives and the opportunity to make the folks in our lives, who are caring for people, aware that we’re thankful for them and the sacrifices they’re making to care for a loved one.”
More than 100 people gathered from Palm Beach and Broward counties to celebrate the lives of friends and family members.
“Through ‘We Honor Veterans’ we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care providers understand and serve veterans at the end of life and work more effectively with VA medical facilities in their communities.”
“After a series of different medications that didn’t seem to touch the pain – heavy doses of morphine brought Joey sweet relief,” wrote Feek. “I spent the night in the hospital with her last night. Today we are planning to bring her home.”
Some patients want nothing more than to be comfortable and to remain at home, while others would like to reach out to an estranged family member to make peace after years of disconnection, and yet others wish for specific experiences such as zip lining, making pottery or deep sea fishing. This was the wish that Donald Vaughan, a Navy veteran, recently expressed to his team of Covenant caregivers.
People who live near larger hospitals are also more likely to have access to palliative care – it’s offered in 90 percent of hospitals with at least 300 beds but just 56 percent of hospitals with fewer beds.
If you learned you had a life-limiting illness, would you work harder to mark items off your bucket list? Would life’s simplest routines bring the most joy? At the end of life, many say being at home with loved ones brings the most happiness and meaning.
Based on the work of psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, known for identifying the five stages of grief, the “four gifts” are monumental for patients and families preparing for death, Thalhuber said.
Last year, almost 124,000 patients throughout Florida experienced the care and comfort provided by hospice.