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 […]


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 […]

Coping During the Holidays

Coping with Grief During the Holiday Season

Contributed by Wendy Vargo, Big Bend Hospice Grief Support Counselor Missing someone you love is never easy and during special times, such as holidays, it can be particularly difficult. Throughout the year, there are bound to be many personal reminders of our losses. These reminders can elicit a memory and can bring intense feelings. For […]

Dr. Lenny Marshall joins the NHPCO Diversity Advisory Council

Dr. Lenny Marshall, Big Bend Hospice’s (BBH) Director of Diversity and Inclusion, has been selected to serve on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Diversity Advisory Council. “NHPCO relies a great deal on its volunteer professionals to further the important work of advancing the field of end-of-life care,” says Edo Banach, JD, NHPCO […]

Mama June

Mama June

“Physical pain is easy to treat. Emotional is connected to the heart. And you have to connect with the spirit.” Before Hospice nurse Miriette Dorval had completed her sentence, I knew it captured my family’s experience with end-of-life care… I was sitting with Miriette at a picnic table on the campus of Big Bend Hospice. […]

BBH Music Therapist Susan Droessler

The Gift of Music – A Discussion with Susan Droessler, BBH Music Therapist.

Season’s Greetings and thank you for viewing our blog. Susan Droessler and her team of music therapists bring music and smiles to the patient’s and families we care for throughout the Big Bend Hospice service area.  There are times when medication alone cannot palliate pain so Susan and her team step in and add music […]

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