Taking the Time

Taking the Time

Anyone that has lost someone knows that the pain of that loss does not just vanish after a certain amount of time has passed. The rest of the world may have started to move on again, but when you lose someone you love you may still feel stuck in grief for a long time after everyone else stops asking about […]

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Holidays can be a difficult time if you’ve recently lost someone. They can be hard even if you lost someone years ago. So many sights, smells, events, and people are around at the holiday’s that remind you of those that aren’t there. This has the effect of making the holidays harder when you’ve lost people. Yet it does not have […]

Memorial Tree

Memorial Tree

We remember people all of the time. We are built and shaped and guided by the memories of the people we have lost in life. Anything we do might trigger a memory at anytime, so why, then, do we get together for memorials? Why do we build monuments and hold ceremonies and do all of the things that we do […]

Remembering

Remembering

On this Veteran’s Day all of us collectively take time to remember those we have lost in the past. Of course this is a day honoring people who have fallen in the service of their country, for those that have given their all defending the USA, but it is also a somber day of nationwide remembrance for all those we […]

Rebuilding

Rebuilding

Today, November 8, 2019, is the 1 year anniversary of the Camp Fire that killed 85 people in Paradise, CA. The tragedy hit everyone in the area in one way or another, we all know someone who was forced to relocated, or we know someone who has lost someone, or we know someone who was lost. Our hearts and thoughts […]

Self Care is Not Selfish

Self Care is Not Selfish

People can sometimes think that taking care of themselves when they are a caregiver for someone else is something that is a selfish or mean act. That somehow making sure that we are doing well and coping with everything around us, what we are experiencing and feeling and processing, is causing harm to those we are caring for. Yet not […]

What Makes Hospice Special?

What Makes Hospice Special?

So many things about end of life care are difficult to contemplate. This is of course very normal for anyone, to not want to think about it, but at times it does become important to understand what the process of hospice is and what makes it a special part of the care process. Once someone has been placed on hospice […]

Why volunteer?

Why volunteer?

Becoming a hospice volunteer might seem like a daunting tasks. Working with people facing serious illness at the end of their lives can, of course, be emotionally and physically challenging for any volunteer. Yet the benefits of volunteering can be immense. You may learn the value of a life well lived, the importance of community, friends, and family at the […]

Volunteering at Sierra Hospice

Volunteering at Sierra Hospice

Many people are interested in the idea of becoming a volunteer with Sierra Hospice and are excited to provide care and compassion to people in our community. There is, of course, an idea that not just anyone can become a hospice volunteer, that the things they will have to deal with are too challenging and are difficult to emotionally cope […]

Self-Care for Caregivers

Self-Care for Caregivers

One thing that is easy to overlook is the stress that caregivers put on themselves while taking care of a loved one. An important thing to keep in mind is the fact that it is okay to feel overwhelemed, to feel run down, to feel the need to take some time for yourself. Self care is the simple act of […]