Appreciating our Caregivers

Contributed by by Fabiola Jean-Charles, Transitions Program Manager and Ryan Thompson, Transitions Program Social Worker This month, Transitions recognized the caregivers of our clients for Caregiver Appreciation Day (February 19). With the help of an exceptional group of 20-plus Big Bend Hospice and AmeriCorps Volunteers, Transitions and other BBH staff and interns arranged for each […]

Supporting Caregivers

Contributed by Fabiola Jean-Charles, Transitions & AmeriCorps Program Manager Caregivers have one of the hardest roles a person can fill, so Transitions, BBH’s pre-hospice program, recently showed their caregivers how much they are recognized, appreciated, and supported. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, there are 53 million caregivers nationwide; 61% of whom are female and 39% […]

Volunteer in action

Volunteers Safely Continue to Serve

Contributed by Lisa Baggett, BBH Professional Relations Liaison Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful.” When my grandmother became a widow, she moved from Jacksonville to Signal Mountain to be near her daughter. The first thing my grandmother set out to do was find […]

Ms. Still

How do you celebrate life?

Contributed by Fabiola Jean-Charles “How do you celebrate life?” I asked Ms. Still, a caregiver of one of our Transitions clients. Ms. Still is 80, a cancer survivor, and has been caring for her spouse for over a decade. She has been married to her husband for 58 years and together they have three children, […]

A Celebration of my Mother’s Life

Contributed by Wendy Morgan In memory of my mother, Jill Fletcher Pelaez. 4/24/1924 – 7/2/2012 Everything was in place. The tiny kitten played on my mother’s lap as the photographer snapped several pictures of my mother in her favorite bright green dress. The hospice nurse was nearby. The newspaper was writing a story about my […]

Liz Dameron

Celebrating Life – Liz Dameron

Contributed by Liz Dameron, Big Bend Hospice Volunteer After teaching mathematics for 40 years (5th grade – college), I retired at the end of September 2015. Since then, I have enjoyed each day of my retirement. There are so many ways that I enjoy celebrating life. In 2015 when I retired, I was working full-time […]

BBH Social Worker Charles Hyde

Benefits of a Local Non-Profit Hospice

Contributed by Charles Hyde, Big Bend Hospice Social Worker Prior to moving to Tallahassee in 2018, I worked for several years at a large, corporate hospice located in a metropolitan area with over 30 hospice providers, the vast majority of which were for-profit companies. The unrelenting pressure to make a profit while providing quality patient […]

Brenda

BBH Celebrates Life

Contributed by Lisa Baggett, Big Bend Hospice Professional Relations Liaison At Big Bend Hospice, we understand that life is precious. Our organization celebrates the lives of our patients and families who entrust us with their care every single day. We thought it would be a wonderful idea to start the New Year by asking our […]

Stephanie Kilham

Volunteering at Big Bend Hospice

Dear Friends, I hope this note finds you as well as can be under the current circumstances.  I wanted to share with you that I am a volunteer for Big Bend Hospice. I have been told by the staff that many volunteers understandably had to pull back from serving. It’s hard to know what is […]

Taylor County Volunteer Kimberly Kenney

Kimberly Kenney, Taylor County Volunteer

I hope this note finds you well. I am a volunteer for Big Bend Hospice and wanted to share how volunteering for Big Bend Hospice has been an incredibly rewarding and safe experience during a pandemic. While I had reservations at first about becoming a volunteer during a pandemic, BBH’s staff have been kind and […]

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