The Miracle of Music

The Miracle of Music

I have been a singer and choir director my entire life and have witnessed the joy of music-making in a wide variety of ways from enabling adults to sing classical pieces that they thought were beyond their abilities, to teaching young children to sing simple refrains...
Every Minute of Every Day Counts

Every Minute of Every Day Counts

We often get letters from family members after a patient has died, but recently Hospice Austin Executive Director Marjorie Mulanax received this lovely letter from Deborah Wallis, the sister of our current patient, Jeffrey Wallis, about his nurse. It is reprinted here...
2019 – A Record-Breaking Year for Hospice Austin

2019 – A Record-Breaking Year for Hospice Austin

Dear Friends, 2019 was a record-breaking year in many ways. For the first time, we admitted more than 200 patients in one month – in December we admitted 206 – and also for the first time, our average daily census rose above 400 patients. For all of 2019, we admitted...
A Sense of Purpose

A Sense of Purpose

Many of you have asked about our patient who was featured in our last newsletter. When Michelle Heller first arrived at the Monte Siesta nursing facility, it was a difficult adjustment. She was relatively young, with cancer, and could no longer live alone. She...
End of the Year Charitable Giving

End of the Year Charitable Giving

Hi friends, Recently we have received inquiries about tax-smart ways to support Hospice Austin. With the end of the tax year approaching, we wanted to share some strategies that can help you maximize the tax benefits of your charitable giving. If you are interested in...
The Monastery of Monte Siesta

The Monastery of Monte Siesta

I met my friend, Michelle, almost two years ago shortly after she had been diagnosed with stage IV cancer. Michelle’s childhood was scarred with unreliable, abusive adults and, not surprisingly, the early part of her own adulthood was riddled with addiction and a...
Fall Bereavement Calendar

Fall Bereavement Calendar

Healing Grief Holistically 8-Week Group This 8-week group uses group support and a Chinese Medicine /5 Element perspective to help heal the wounds of loss. We will work with a combination of movement, acupressure, essential oils and verbal processing to encouraging...