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Holding Space

Holding Space

Dying is hard, not just physically, but psychologically. It’s fraught with emotional landmines of worry for loved ones, traumas or regret over the past, and fear of the future.  Hospice Austin social workers must delicately navigate these minefields in order to help...
On the Frontlines

On the Frontlines

Certified Nurse Aide Blanche Pichon-Benford doesn’t consider herself brave. Neither does RN Valerie Sims, or Social Worker Rachel Poppers. Yet they were among the first to volunteer for Hospice Austin’s COVID-19 Response Team in March, back when little was known about...
Bravery: Having the Strength to be Vulnerable

Bravery: Having the Strength to be Vulnerable

Recently, Hospice Austin asked our staff to define what bravery means to them and to give an example of courageous behavior that they’ve witnessed over the past year either from themselves or from others – a patient, patient’s family member or colleague. This response...
Bravery: Living Outside Your Comfort Zone

Bravery: Living Outside Your Comfort Zone

Recently, Hospice Austin asked our staff to define what bravery means to them and to give an example of courageous behavior that they’ve witnessed over the past year either from themselves or from others – a patient, patient’s family member or colleague....
January Bereavement Offerings

January Bereavement Offerings

Winter Memorial Jan. 28th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm via Zoom Register Now Are you feeling your grief more intensely due to the social distance we continue to live in? Have you lost a loved one during the pandemic? Were you not able to have a memorial due to COVID-19? If...
New Year’s Resolution #1: Healthcare Planning

New Year’s Resolution #1: Healthcare Planning

The start of a new year – especially this new year – is the perfect time to plan ahead. With COVID-19 still with us, thinking and talking about what kind of healthcare we might want, if there comes a time we can’t speak for ourselves, is the greatest gift we can give...