The Hospicare Blog

Feeling, Honoring, and Releasing Our Stories of Grief

By Kathy Lucas, Holistic Movement Coach, Dancer, and Steel Club Specialist Dance had always been a home that I could retreat to in times of joy, frustration, hope and healing. It has given me permission to explore the pit of inner crises and became my personal processing tool that had no rules or filters. I…

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Finding Ways to Mourn Your Loss

by Jane Baker Segelken, MA, MSW, part of the Social Work team at Hospicare & Palliative Care Services People who are grieving often hear all kinds of advice about the best way to mourn. All the suggestions we receive may have some semblance of helpfulness, but the fact is there’s no right or wrong way…

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Nineteen Years of Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare

by Jane Baker Segelken, MA, MSW, part of the Social Work team at Hospicare & Palliative Care Services With planning for Hospicare’s Women Swimmin’ in full swing now, excitement for the event is growing. This year the event will be in person with all its splash. Joan Brumburg and Ann Costello, two of the event’s…

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Hospicare 101: It’s All About Living

by Jane Baker Segelken, MA, MSW, part of the Social Work team at Hospicare & Palliative Care Services Many of us are familiar with the statement “hospice isn’t about dying, hospice is about living.” But what does that really mean? When I first became involved with hospice, I quickly realized it’s about quality of life,…

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Welcoming Our Newest Board Member

Emily Papperman recently joined Hospicare’s Board. She is currently employed at Finger Lakes Independence Center as an Advocacy Specialist and has been in that position for 13 years. Last year, she got her Certification as a Work Incentive Practitioner for the Ticket-to-Work Program through the Social Security Administration. This professional development plays into her role…

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Sit and Reflect in Hospicare’s Poetry Chair

by Teresa Yatsko, Hospicare volunteer This chair created by Hospicare volunteer Teresa Yatsko is being offered to all as a place to sit and relax, read the writings of others, or consider your own writing as a way of joining the effort to bring people together in the joy and healing power of the written…

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Communal Grieving Can Offer Peace

by Jane Baker Segelken, MA, MSW, part of the Social Work team at Hospicare & Palliative Care Services At a time when rituals surrounding the death of a loved one seem to be lacking, one of the true gifts Hospicare gives the community is the opportunity to grieve with others in a way that feels…

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Hospicare Volunteers Develop Wonderful, Close Relationships

by Jane Baker Segelken, MA, MSW, part of the Social Work team at Hospicare For Cortland County resident Conni Bentley, volunteering for Hospicare is fulfilling because she’s making a real difference in someone’s life. “The happiness and satisfaction that comes from providing comfort to others is enlightening and rewarding. The more volunteer work I do,…

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How to Help in Times of Grief

by Jane Baker Segelken, MA, MSW, part of the Social Work team at Hospicare How many times have you wanted to help a grieving loved one or friend but wondered how? In general, there are no right or wrong approaches. The more we understand grief and its path — and gain insight into the various…

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Hospicare Welcomes New Staff: HR Manager and Two Team Leads

Over the winter and spring we’ve welcomed several new team members to Hospicare, and we’d like to give you a chance to get to know them: Stephanie received her Bachelor’s degree from the ILR School at Cornell and her JD from Northeastern University School of Law. She is a licensed attorney in both Massachusetts and…

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