Hospice and palliative medicine was born in 11th Century Greece, but it is a young science in the United States, and therefore, is often misunderstood. The numerous benefits of hospice care can be a gift during a fragile and emotional time. As one of the Directors of Compassus Hospice, Sarah Shaw (parishioner) sees it as a great privilege for her to share with families and communities how aligning symptom management with psychological and spiritual care can provide patients and families with compassion, comfort, and support.
From Sarah: "In partnership with Deacon Michael An, who is a chaplain for OSF Hospice, we are offering to our Epiphany family the opportunity to explore options and resources at end of life, because the final journey should be about living, not dying. Through this discussion, we will redefine hope at end of life, but also, I hope to connect with more of the Parish. My husband, Chris, and I began our journey with Alpha and RCIA last fall, shortly after our daughters, London and Addison, enrolled in Epiphany School. We made our conversion on Easter of this year, and our girls formally converted during the time of First Communion. We certainly expected great things when we transitioned our children to Epiphany, and the School and Church both have provided us with far more blessings than we ever could have anticipated. Now we look forward to growing within this community, and since my passion is rooted in making end of life easier, sharing the gift of hospice enables me to reciprocate the same love and care to the Parish as was given to us."
Deacon Michael An and Sarah invite you to join them on December 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm in the Cenacle Room. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and rich discussion is encouraged, so please feel free to come with any questions you may have.
Death can be scary and losing those we love will always be hard, but with compassion and the right support in place, together we can make it a bit easier.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Rich Sealy at 309-445-2113 extension 203, or firstname.lastname@example.org.