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Yolo Hospice: Making connections and raising awareness

By From page A5 | October 20, 2013

By Cynthia Wolff

Yolo Hospice participated in the Senior Fair on Tuesday at the Davis Senior Center, which offered an opportunity for flu shots, blood pressure checks and general wellness information.

A number of people stopped by our table to say thank you and related stories of their experience of hospice, some from other states and counties. People often ask about working with individuals and families, providing end-of-life care. Most hospice care providers will say, “It is a blessing to be able to provide that care.”

It is not uncommon for those who have experienced hospice care to be thankful. When we attend a senior fair, many people pass by and say they are not ready for hospice. Our mission in attending is to provide the community with education about hospice services so they can provide that information when hospice would be appropriate for a friend or family member.

We highlight our bereavement services, also an essential service for the surviving family members and friends. One of the attendees stopped by our table and had effusive praise for our group meetings for people who are grieving the loss of a beloved pet.

We’re always on the lookout for volunteers as well..

Yolo Hospice was present at another recent event, the Stand Down for veterans in Dixon. The veterans who attend this event receive numerous donated items as well as medical and dental care. Solano County judges were available to help with legal matters, and community, county and Veterans Administration representatives were there to provide all manner of services to veterans and their families. For more information on this event, visit www.nbstanddown.org.

Every event we attend is a blessing. We make connections and share resources available in our community. For more information about Yolo Hospice services, call 530-758-5566.

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Our “Stepping Stones” program coordinator, Aja Michael, is planning an event for Nov. 21 for Children’s Grief Awareness Day. While discussing these plans, Aja mentioned the theme of the butterfly that is prominent on the website www.childrensgriefawareness.org. We thought the children in our program might enjoy releasing butterflies for this event.

However, butterflies need 70-degree weather to survive once released. We decided to release the butterflies in October to promote the November event. We purchased a butterfly house from Cloverlawn Butterflies in Florida for the children to be able to raise their own butterflies. More information on the November event will follow.

— Cynthia Wolff is director of access and outreach for Yolo Hospice. This column is published monthly.

Cynthia Wolff

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