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The Beauty and the Mystery

Hospice Austin social workers are on the emotional front lines for patients and families coming to the end of life’s journey. They help families heal fractured relationships, plan funerals, access social support services, normalize symptoms, and give voice to their sadness and fear. They provide a calming presence by holding space and offering support for the social and emotional issues that arise during this agonizing time. They help patients and families build on their own emotional strength.

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Celebrating 20 Years of In-patient Care

When Hospice Austin Executive Director Marjorie Mulanax toured Christopher House in 1993 after it opened as a small AIDS hospital, she was dazzled. “Oh my gosh,” she remembers thinking, “They’ve done what we need to do!” Hospice Austin needed an in-patient facility, but Marjorie didn’t see how it would be financially possible.

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Hospice Austin Standard Bearer Brian King

Our fifth nomination for Standard Bearer of the Year:  Brian King! Brian is known to all as being ready to serve, not just our patients, but also his co workers and other staff, as well as our partners in clinical service delivery.  It is impossible to find a standard of behavior that Brian does not exemplify.  His approach with everyone is to honor them by his words and actions.  You can’t help but feel valued by the implicit appreciation he conveys.

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Hospice Austin Standard Bearer Christina Remus

Over this week we will be sharing a little about each of the six people nominated as Hospice Austin’s Standard Bearers for 2017. Here is a little bit about our first nominee, Director of Quality Christina Remus, from the colleague who nominated her.

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Bearing the Light

To borrow the words of a poem by Jan Richardson, our staff are the bearers of light in unbearable times. They are the heart of the care we provide to our patients and families. For the past year, Hospice Austin has engaged in an internal campaign that illustrates that heart through our RIGHT way Standards of Behavior that emphasize Respect, Innovation, Gratitude, Honesty, and Teamwork.

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Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a serious illness, the last thing on your mind should be financial strain. Fortunately, there may be resources available for you. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers disability benefits for people in need, as well as their eligible dependents.

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Terry’s Song

Not long ago, Terry Yon was sitting at his kitchen table feeling sick and despondent. He began writing down his thoughts. He had always been interested in songwriting but had never done it – until now. He was writing for himself, but he was also writing for every other person who has spent long hours in chemotherapy infusion rooms and strapped to radiation tables. A song was born: God, Are You Near Me At All?

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Hospice Austin was recently chosen to participate in the Reel Change Film Frenzy, a project sponsored by the nonprofit Lights, Camera, Help whose mission is to help area nonprofits by making mission-driven films that tell their story. Hospice Austin was selected by filmmaker Don Nguyen of ILC Films. Don highlighted the work of nurse practitioner Brian King, who has worked at Hospice Austin for 16 years. To watch the video, please click on the link.

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The StoryCorps Legacy

StoryCorps approached Hospice Austin last fall to see if we would participate in their Legacy Project, which records stories of people whose lives have been affected by serious illness. Our youngest storyteller was 10 years old; our oldest was 101. We recorded a story about the founding of Hospice Austin; we recorded the story of a patient who lives under a bridge. We recorded many, many stories of staff and volunteers whose lives have been touched deeply by Hospice Austin.

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Feeding body and spirit

We recently sent out a plea to staff, volunteers, and our friends on Facebook to replenish our food pantry. The Facebook post was shared by 115 of you, and seen by more 8,500 people. The results have been astounding. This is the email we received from Nancy McCranie, Hospice Austin’s Director of Volunteer and Bereavement Services:

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