The Hospicare Blog

How to Make Death Binder – A Gift to Your Loved Ones

What is a Death Binder? A death binder is a place to gather necessary information and documents that detail how we want our wishes carried out, our belongings dispersed, our finances dealt with, etc.? Why make a death binder? Reasons include: It’s a gift to our loved ones: reduces the stress for our families when confronted with difficult medical decisions…

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Artwork for our 18th Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare!

Each year a local artist creates a custom design for the event t-shirts for Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare. We are incredibly pleased with the amazing work that Lisa Cowden did for the 2021 event. The design is a paper cut out and really captures the spirit of our Go the Distance event. Read more about…

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Regaining Well-Being Through Forgiveness

by Mara Alper We are all faced with the question of whether or not to forgive many times in our lives. Each time it is challenging. Yet there are ways of seeing it that simplify the question. Forgiveness is a choice that allows us to heal on our own, without the offender apologizing or even…

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Learning to Live Inside of Loss

By Chantelle Daniel I love books. I not only escape into them, but I learn from them, about life, cultures, love, loss. I don’t always know why I’m reading a book until after I’m done with it and even then, it can be some time before I am able to gain a full understanding of…

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Song Bath with the Threshold Choir

This program was offered by the Hospicare Threshold Choir of Ithaca on February 21, 2021. The choir members are volunteers at Hospicare. Our volunteers provide assistance to patients and their families in a variety of ways, and for Threshold Choir members that way is through music. Other Hospicare volunteers offer companionship, respite for caregivers, light housekeeping, and…

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Faces of Cortland

By Barry Miller Team Member Profile: John Hughes, RN Job Title: Primary RN/Case Manager Residence: Cortland Family: Wife Liz, two children (a son who lives locally and a daughter in Norway) and three grandchildren, with one on the way. New Beginnings on the Horizon: “A current goal is to find a place with more land…

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Advance Care Planning Video

Please enjoy an excerpt from our webinar series. The webinar series was a partnership between Hospicare & Palliative Care Services, the Bem Endowment at Hospicare, and the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute. With additional support from the Community Foundation of Tompkins County, the Funeral Consumer Alliance of the Finger Lakes, the Cancer Resource Center, and the…

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Hospicare Announces New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Hospicare & Palliative Care Services is pleased to announce the successful hiring of its 8th Executive Director. Joe Sammons will join the Hospicare team in February.  “We’re thrilled that Joe has agreed to join Hospicare as our new Executive Director,” said Betsy East, president of the Board of Directors. “Joe has valuable experience leading organizations in the health care arena, is…

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A Report of our Work in Cortland and Tompkins Counties

As we turn the final pages of 2020, our thoughts go to all who have struggled with loss. Whether you mourn the death of a beloved friend or family member – or simply the loss of normalcy — this has been a hard year for so many of us. At Hospicare, we celebrate the nurses, aides,…

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