The Hospicare Blog

The Night You Died – a love story, a poet, and her legacy

By Jen Gabriel It was a sunny spring afternoon and an unassuming envelope arrived in Hospicare’s mailbox. Inside, a generous check and a single piece of paper.  “To whom it may concern,” the letter began. “Enclosed please find my final donation. I have a terminal illness and will not be further donating to any organizations. Sincerely, Joyce McAlllister.”  Joyce’s friend and caregiver,…

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Illuminations 2021

At Hospicare we provide palliative care, hospice and grief support to all residents of Cortland and Tompkins counties.  Illuminations, our annual community memorial, is a part of the fabric of our community, allowing us to honor and remember loved ones who have died.  Every year, we offer this memorial service as a way for the…

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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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