Greetings! Hope everyone survived our big heat wave OK. Yikes!
I've been inside, busy making baskets. Some went to AseraCare Hospice Journey of Care
program here in Mountville PA, and I also made for Camp Mourning Glory
It's a special honor to be a part of AseraCare Hospice's Journey of Care
program: "AseraCare Hospice has developed the Journey of Care program to enhance hospice services and provide a beautiful and comfortable transition for patients with a life-limiting illness...making the hospice journey more meaningful. The Journey of Care program celebrates life — reassuring patients and their loved ones that even the simplest of things can be valuable to those with minimal time left to live. The Journey of Care program adds life to days when adding days to life may no longer be possible." (Golden Living Quality Highlights, 4thQTR2009).
I fit into the program by making beautiful care baskets, a personal and very human touch for those going through the most difficult of times. For example, bereavement baskets with carefully selected items show caring beyond the more standard gift of flowers (although I'm surely not knocking floral gifts!).
Camp Mourning Glory was held in Lancaster's Buchmiller Park this past weekend. It's a fun and therapeutic grief camp for kids ages 5 through 12. I've been doing more work with addressing the special needs of comfort for children. My Tender Talk basket
collaborates with Ellen McVicker's Butterfly Kisses and Wishes On Wings
book and creates activities to foster an open dialogue with children. Camp Mourning Glory uses butterfly release as part of their fun activities. Serious feelings and topics can be dealt with in a positive way for children, and I'm so happy to be a part of that.
Hope you all are finding rewarding ways to Beat this Heat!