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NIAGARA HOSPICE RAISES AWARENESS

by Tricia Degan

Will host Children's Grief Awareness Day November 17

Thu, Nov 10th 2011 03:00 pm

 (Lockport, NY)— November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month - providing an opportunity for people to learn and understand what a valuable resource Niagara Hospice is to the community. Coping with a serious or life-limiting illness is not easy. Working with doctors and hospitals, navigating the maze of care needs, figuring out insurance coverage, all in addition to taking care of your family can be overwhelming.

If you or a loved one are dealing with a serious illness, you may have been told nothing more can be done. So what's most important to you now? Is it taking a last trip to a favorite vacation spot? Or attending a special upcoming family event? Maybe it's as simple as enjoying a picnic on the shores of Lake Ontario. Whatever it is - something else can be done. Hospice is the something else. Many hospice patients have improved quality of life by accepting help. "It's about quality of life. With the help of hospice care, patients and families can focus on what's most important, living as fully as possible in spite of illness," said Patricia Degan, Director of Marketing & Public Relations.

Hospice providers take the time to talk with you and help you understand your illness and what care options might be available. They make your wishes a priority and make sure you get the care you want and deserve.

"We're working hard all year round to make sure people know that support, comfort and respect are available at a time when hope seems out of reach," said Degan. "This November, we are ramping up our efforts to raise awareness of not only the high-quality care that's available during one of life's most challenging times, but also the care that is available to remaining family members. Many people are unaware that Hospice provides bereavement services for thirteen months following a loved one's passing. Additionally, grief services are available to all Niagara County residents through Niagara Hospice's Circle of Hope program located in the Ulrich City Centre in Lockport."

Degan announced that Niagara Hospice will host a Children's Grief Awareness Day on Thursday, November 17 at 9:00am - 4:00pm at the Niagara Hospice Resource Center in the Ulrich City Centre at 175 Walnut St., Lockport. Started by a Hospice in Pennsylvania, Children's Grief Awareness Day is observed on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. "This time of year is a particularly appropriate time to support grieving children because the holiday season is often an especially difficult time after a death," said Christella Gress, PhD, Director of Outreach Services. "Children's Grief Awareness Day seeks to bring attention to the fact that often, support can make all the difference in the life of a grieving child. We are inviting the community to wear blue this Thursday to show their support of children's grief awareness, and to tell people why you are wearing blue!"

Children's grief resources and tool kits, blue lollipops and hospice education materials will all be available at the Niagara Hospice Resource Center on Thursday. The community is invited to look for the blue balloons outside and stop in for more information- and to show your support.

Niagara Hospice will soon be mailing a fundraising letter asking the community to help support Camp Hope, a summer weekend bereavement camp offered free to children throughout Western New York. Camp Hope is designed to help children ages 7-13 cope with the loss of someone close to them. With a generous gift recently given by a community member, Niagara Hospice has created the Roger Foote Camp Hope Endowment. The endowment was established to provide financial ground on which Camp Hope will continue to serve the children of tomorrow.

For more information about Children's Grief Awareness Day visit www.childrensgriefawarenessday.org. For more information about the Roger Foote Camp Hope Endowment, call the Niagara Hospice development office at 439-4417.

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