Category: Hospice and Transitions
Sue W., a retired nurse, began volunteering with JSSA Hospice and Transitions in April 2014. In her own words, she shares what she loves about being a hospice volunteer and some of her favorite patient moments. I love this work because if I can help a person be happy, it makes me happy. I have […]
At 86 years old, Irena* is thoughtful, sharp, and social. A child of Eastern Europe, she can still speak multiple languages yet struggles to converse with the other residents in her facility.
Amanda B. started volunteering at JSSA in 2017. In her own words, she discusses her experience visiting hospice patients, plus the skills and lessons she has learned as a JSSA hospice volunteer.
As human beings, we will experience loss many times in our lives. I have found that in these losses, I am learning from grief. This is counter to our cultural ethos that suggests that grief is something we just have to get past. Rather, our grief teaches us and helps us grow as individuals. Our grief […]
As individuals and families begin to think about aging, they tend to focus on the completion of advance directives, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for healthcare. While these are important documents designed to preserve the right of patients to refuse medical treatment, advance directives are only one part of the […]
When I first saw the ad in the Montgomery Gazette, I realized the potential of JSSA’s hospice volunteer program for pet therapy dogs. It would be a wonderful community service opportunity for me and my 2-year-old French poodle, Quincy, who is handsome, calm, and loves people. However, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to […]
Did you know that hospice is one of the few areas of the American health care system that requires spiritual care be provided? Melissa Apter writes about the work of hospice chaplains, including JSSA’s own Rabbi David Rose, in Washington Jewish Week. Faith, Jewish or otherwise, is not a prerequisite for receiving chaplaincy services. The […]
In JTA, Melissa Apter writes about the special challenges that Jewish hospice chaplains, including JSSA’s Rabbi David Rose, experience when providing spiritual support to Holocaust survivors and their families at the end of life. Hospice offers families pre-bereavement counseling, 13-months of aftercare and access to preferred clergy. Special sensitivity is paid to spouses who are […]
Caring for the seriously ill is often a Herculean task. The emotional and physical resources of the patient’s family can be quickly exhausted, and they can find themselves in critical need of additional support. The Transitions program at JSSA provides that support from the community through a dedicated corps of more than 100 trained and […]
Author: Anne Kline, MA, BCC, Former JSSA Hospice Chaplain It takes love and patience to preserve the dignity and wholeness of someone who is dying. There is a sense of human spirit that even disease and dementia can’t take away, and it’s there until the moment we take our last breath. This is true even […]