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Three months before Ellen Goodman's father died, they didn't talk about his recently-returned cancer. Instead, Ellen's mother bought him a suitcase for his birthday.

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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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Committed Volunteers Create “A Venetian Affair”

What’s better than hosting a great party? Hosting a great party for a great cause. A small, committed group of women helped produce Hospice Austin’s Vino y Virtuosos party for many years. Now the group has banded back together and is hosting a new event: A Venetian Affair. The Venetian-style party will be held on Thursday, June 4th at the Caswell House on West Avenue from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Guests will enjoy musicians, magicians, and minstrels strolling through the various rooms of the beautiful old house and experience the revelry of this tradition that stems from the 18th century in Venice. Food, wine, and a silent auction will add to the fun. All proceeds will benefit Hospice Austin.

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Caring for Veterans

As a We Honor Veterans partner, Hospice Austin has implemented ongoing veteran-centered education for staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to veterans.

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You did it! Thank You.

It was a nail-biting finish. Hospice Austin set the lofty goal of raising $250,000 in online donations in 24 hours. That goal was so lofty, in fact, that we set the theme of the Amplify Austin campaign as “Mission Impossible.”

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The countdown to Amplify Austin is on and we need more secret agents to join our elite mission! For a fun Hospice Austin video we put together for Amplify Austin, the city-wide online giving festival on March 5-6, please click here.

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As soon as I saw the expression on the faces of the staff at Doug’s House, I knew something was wrong. Our patient, Mr. Smith,* they told me, was not feeling well and would be going to the hospital. He would have to miss the concert that had been arranged especially for him. I had […]

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Camp Brave Heart Adds An Extra Day of Support

Thanks to a generous donor, Camp Brave Heart is adding an extra day to camp this year! It will be held August 4 - 7 at John Knox Ranch near Wimberley; applications are available now. Camp Brave Heart is a free camp for children age 6 - 17 who are grieving the death of a loved one.

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Our Greatest Power

We have no power! my son, Patrick, yelled to me from the back door. It was a little after seven and my two teenage boys and I had just arrived at our home tucked back into the woods of our small farm in Bastrop County. The wind was whipping wildly and the moon was impossibly full, casting a silvery light as we unloaded backpacks and groceries from the car. Always looking for an excuse to light matches, my older son, Cassady, had two candles glowing by the time I got into the house.

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Hearts and Ashes

It’s six o’clock on Monday morning Feb. 11th and I’m just shuffling off to the shower when I hear my phone receive a text message. It is from a teacher at my son’s former elementary school. Apparently, one of her fourth graders hadn’t come to school on Friday so she sent a text to the […]

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