Lessons from COVID-19

By: Candace McKibben The visiting professor was talking to the clinical pastoral education students at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital about assumptions and premises of systems theory. One of the six he named was that “all members in a system are interdependent.” He commented that if we didn’t know that already, just look at the coronavirus. There […]

Big Bend Hospice Inc. Board Appoints Bill Wertman as CEO

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, (Jan. 17, 2020) — The Big Bend Hospice Inc. Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Bill Wertman as CEO of the nonprofit Hospice serving eight counties. Wertman assumes responsibility for daily operations, which include delivery of care to patients and families in their homes and at Margaret Z. Dozier Hospice House, […]

Hospice and Hope

Recently on NPR, I heard about the death of a person who had started a number of hospices in the New England area. The person being interviewed noted that at the time many men were dying from HIV/AIDS and needed the sort of safe and loving care that hospice philosophy supports. Not long after this […]

Dealing with Grief during the Holidays

During the holidays, the added stress and memories can sometimes feel overwhelming. Here are some tips from our Bereavement Department to help you deal with grief. Find ways to remember your loved one. Light a candle, hang their stocking, whatever helps you to feel close to them. Be sure to make time for yourself. Self […]

‘A friend to all of us,’ Big Bend Hospice CEO Cathy Adkison dies after long illness

It is with profound sadness that Big Bend Hospice shares that our leader, colleague, and friend, Cathy Adkison died on Thursday, Dec. 12, following a long illness. She was surrounded by her loved ones and by the hope that Hospice inspires for patients and families in their greatest time of need. “Cathy led from the […]

A Toast to Those We Love

I have just returned from Philadelphia where I attended the wedding of the youngest daughter of dear friends. A little over a year ago we attended their oldest daughter’s wedding and though completely different, it would be difficult to say which was the more beautiful. In part that is because the family itself is so […]

Teen Woe-Be-Gone: a unique retreat for grieving teens

Teen Woe-Be-Gone is a free community service brought to you by Big Bend Hospice Youth Bereavement On Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Big Bend Hospice Youth Bereavement invites area teens (12-18) that have experienced the death of someone important to them, to attend a one-day grief retreat at Bradley’s Pond in Tallahassee, […]

Sasha’s Story

Sasha is the beloved dog of one of our late patients. Before he died, his wish was to know that Sasha was going to a good home. But in order to find her a new place where she would continue to be loved, Sasha had to have a clean bill of health. Through Big Bend […]

The Men of Big Bend Hospice: Valor Team Volunteer Jack Pittman

Editor’s note: More than 300 volunteers work alongside Big Bend Hospice staff to provide compassionate care and support to patients and their loved ones. The majority of these volunteers are women. “The Men of Big Bend Hospice” is an occasional series featuring male volunteers and the important role they play in Hospice care. The U.S. […]

Grieving on Fathers Day – Every Story is Unique

Guest post by Pam Mezzina, Director of Capstone Center I have been a grief counselor for the last 2 decades. That’s 20 years of helping people through Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, anniversaries and other holidays. These “tender” days can be very difficult for people mourning a loss. As Father’s Day approaches, I remember some poignant […]

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