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Helping Children though the Holidays

by Erik Persson – Sr. PIC-TFK Social Worker Covenant Hospice is committed to serving patients, families, and also children by offering specialized support. Our “Coping with the Holidays for Children” group activities offer time to reflect and remember loved ones who have died. The groups are held throughout the Covenant Hospice service areas and always […]

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Feast Week

I heard a radio announcer use a disturbing term this morning–”feast week.” We have a national holiday this Thursday…something that harkens to the earliest days of our nation. It was recognized in order for Americans to pause and give thanks for all God has done for them. Yet, this radio announcer’s remarks only echo what […]

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A Story of “Life Saving”

I recently received this letter from a family member of one of our patients. I wanted to share it with everyone on our blog because I think it’s such a beautiful story, written from a family member’s perspective, that really encompasses the essence of hospice care. “The title of this letter may seem like an […]

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Start Care Now: Who Can Make a Referral to Hospice?

Life is good and most of us want a bit more of it.  The wish for a longer life is coming true for many as the aging population is living longer because they are living better with an increased emphasis on wellness. With disease there is always hope. Hope that the cancer can be cured, hope that the […]

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Camp Monarch

Submitted by Julie Hurlbert, LCSW Family Support Specialist Having the opportunity to be a part of Camp Monarch at Covenant Hospice has been a great pleasure.  I have met so many wonderful children who are an inspiration.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I was preparing for camp.  I have been involved in […]

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Clergy Appreciation Month

Besides cooler weather in the Panhandle and the approach of the holiday season, October marks an important reminder for Covenant Hospice employees and other community members. Clergy Appreciation Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in October (Oct. 14, 2012 this year), and October is celebrated as Clergy Appreciation Month. According to the Occupational […]

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11th Hour Angels

The word covenant means “promise.”  For those of us who live and breathe the mission every day, the staff and volunteers of Covenant Hospice, it’s something we never forget.  Every time we say “Covenant Hospice,” we’re remembering that we’ve made a solemn promise to our patients and families and to our community.  We’ve promised to […]

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The Role of the Hospice Physician

Neville Sarkari MD, FACP Corporate Medical Director, Covenant Hospice Patients and their families often have many questions when they are considering admission to a Hospice program. One question that often comes up is “Do I have to give up my physician?”  The answer is a definite NO! Covenant Hospice has many wonderful physicians who are […]

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Fear of Dying

Life is good.  It’s not just a logo on a t-shirt.  Life really is good.  Ask anyone and you will get all sorts of positive responses.  As a medical school professor once said “it is widely held and deeply rooted that living is better than dying.” On any day, even a bad day, you can […]

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The House That Built Me

Whenever I hear Miranda Lambert sing, “The House That Built Me” I can’t help but think about the house that built ME. It is a small-ish 3 bedroom home in southern Indiana that my grandparents have lived in since they were married. Growing up we were always there with my cousins celebrating holidays and birthdays. There […]

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