The Journey Through Grief

Two people climb up a mountain at sunset. The climber higher up the mountain helps the other climber continue up.

Somewhere during my adventures in reading, I came across a line that spoke to me so strongly that I wrote it down, knowing that I would revisit it one day. Today is that day, and I want to share the line and a few of my thoughts! Pico Iyer is a British-born essayist and novelist […]

Family Donates Bags in Honor of Father

Jenifer Crawford, the Director of Community Engagement, receives a donation of Thirty-One bags from the Giles family.

Thanks to a thoughtful idea from a patient’s daughter, Regina Giles, prayer shawls will travel to patients in style. Wanting to honor her father, Regina, a Director with Thirty-One Gifts, appealed to friends and family to help her donate “Blessing Bags,” bags that would hold the prayer shawls for Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House patients […]

Lutz Foundation Grant Provides Comfort and Care for the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House

President Dewey Guyton, Vice President and Treasurer Joan Guyton, and Board Member Shelia Bishop of the Lutz Foundation with Hospice and Community Care CEO Jennifer Graham standing together at Hospice and Community Care campus.

Driven by the vision that everyone needs access to quality healthcare at the end of life, Hospice & Community Care (HCC) has remained focused on increasing access to hospice care, improving patient quality of life, and supporting patients and families on their journey. As the area’s only nonprofit, independent, and community-based hospice provider featuring our […]

Living With Grief

Two family members sitting on the edge of the bed consoling each other.

Just when I think there is no place to put another one, let alone need another one, I am caught off guard with the sight of land being cleared and signage indicating that, yes, coming soon is another storage facility! With each new storage structure, the buildings get bigger and better! Inside storage, outside storage, […]

Spiced Pumpkin Energy Balls Recipe

Plate of spice pumpkin energy balls

Easy and Nutritious If you want something nutrient-rich that will leave you feeling full and satisfied this fall, these Spice Pumpkin Energy Balls are for you! They are a great source of whole grains, protein, fiber, and antioxidants as well as the healthy, “feel-good” spice, cinnamon. They are not only super delicious and nourishing sweet […]

Life After Loss

“Grief is like the ocean – it comes on waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” – Vicki Harrison, Author I don’t particularly like shopping. Well, that’s not exactly true. I do enjoy some kinds of shopping. I like grocery […]

The Nature of Change

“Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.” – Friedrich Nietzsche It’s always a good day when I receive my Blue Ridge Country magazine! I have subscribed to that magazine for years and enjoy the pictures and articles educating me on the mountains that I love. I tend to have […]

Finding ‘Normal’ After Loss

“In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.” – Dave Hollis, Author Since stumbling across this quote, I’ve been haunted by it. It drops into my thoughts by surprise and brings me to a halt in my own life’s rushing. You see, […]

Vietnam Veteran Ceremony 2021

Vietnam Veteran Day Every year on March 29 the United States celebrates Vietnam War Veterans Day to thank veterans and their families for their service. In honor of this observance day, Hospice & Community Care hosted a small ceremony for staff and volunteers in the Veterans Memorial Garden.    The short event included the local […]