Volunteer Newsletter - June 2024

Aloha Rayne:

VOLUNTEER SUPPORT GROUP - SAVE THE DATE

MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2024 (5:00-6:30PM)


We look forward to seeing our "active" volunteers whether or not you're currently assigned to a patient/family. Attendance is important to enhance your skills, knowledge and competencies as we explore your hospice experiences and questions. LOCATION: Kauai Hospice Conference Room. RSVPs are helpful.


P.S. It's not too late for former volunteers (who served prior to COVID) to sign up and refresh your training in order to serve again. Please reach out if you're interested. MAHALO!

JULY 4TH CONCERT IN THE SKY


Come CELEBRATE July 4th at the Kauai Hospice fundraiser event at Vidinha Stadium Soccer Field in Lihue -- a spectacular 3D display choreographed to a musical soundtrack. A time honored tradition for over 30 years, this family-friendly event features live entertainment, ono grinds, craft vendors, and a keiki fun zone. This year's headliner is The Green, the acclaimed reggae band from Oahu. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance through Eventbright, click here: www.kauaihospice.org

VIDEO SHORT: EMPATHY & SYMPATHY

(2:53 minutes)

 

What is empathy and why is it VERY different than sympathy? What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? Narrator Dr. Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities. There are so many lessons in this beautifully animated RSA Short, which also includes the 4 qualities of empathy.  Enjoy this brief but powerful video.  

GRIEF POEM

Contributed by Chaplain Robert Orr - Kindred Hospice

 

Grief is the last act of love we give to our loved one.

Where there is deep grief there is great love.

Grief is a great rite of passage, it is a hero’s journey of courage,

of sacred battles, sorrow, love, joy and loss.

Through the darkness of grief,

we can see the light of love which transcends death.

And with the pain can come gratitude for the

gift of time we had, the love that was shared and

the power to become a better person because they loved us.

DOCUMENTARY: THE SANDWICH GENERATION

By filmmaker Julie Winokur & photojournalist Ed Kashi

(12:04 min. Trailer)


Filmmaker-photographer couple Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi were busy pursuing their careers and raising two children when Winokur's 83-year-old father, Herbie, became too infirm to care for himself. At that moment they joined some twenty million other Americans who make up the sandwich generation, those who find themselves responsible for the care of both their children and their aging parents. This emotionally charged, honest account of family caregiving, presents glimpses of the difficult choices and overwhelming responsibility of those who are caught in the middle. Watch this very moving trailer.

ARTICLE: AI-GENERATED SCAM OBITUARIES TAKE OVER GOOGLE

BY: BRIANNA DEUTSCH (Blog Writer, SevenPonds)

(April 5, 2024)

 

Obituaries play an essential role in mourning -- they notify community members of a person’s death and pay tribute to their life. However, AI-generated obituaries for both the still-living or the deceased, can be churned out at an alarming rate. Some websites will use these imposter obituaries to make money by generating online traffic. In January, Deborah Vankin was very much alive when her father reached out, concerned that news was being spread that she had died. The culprit? Fake AI-generated scam obituaries. Continue reading...

WEBSITE: WHAT’S YOUR GRIEF?

 

Grief can be an emotional, logistical, and existential nightmare. It requires us to navigate life without someone important, deal with overwhelming thoughts and feelings, and find ways to function in a world turned on its head. The goal of What’s Your Grief? is to create an online community that provides hope, creative expression, support and education to anyone wishing to understand the complicated experience of life after loss. Visit https://whatsyourgrief.com/ Resources related to understanding and coping with grief and loss include:

  • Guidance on how to help a grieving friend or family member
  • Online courses about grief and supporting someone who’s grieving
  • Resources, education, and training for grief counselors, grief volunteers, and other professionals working in fields related to grief and loss.
  • A podcast about grief
  • A supportive community

BLOG POST:  KEEP NO SECRETS FROM THOSE AT END OF LIFE

BY: BARBARA KARNES, RN


End-of-Life educator & hospice nurse Barbara Karnes writes: “I hear “don't tell mom” way too frequently. Mom has a life-threatening illness or may even be showing signs of approaching death and her family says to me as I walk in the door, “don't tell mom.” They want to protect her. They don't want to worry her or scare her. SO everyone is cautioned to play the game of “mom is going to get better.” Here are some things to think about in regard to not being honest with mom. First and foremost, she knows. She lives inside of her body and she knows on many levels how serious her medical condition is. She is frightened, concerned, and now very much alone as she protects her family by playing their game..."  [NOTE: there is an exception when dementia is present.]  Continue Reading.

CONTACT: Rayne Regush, Volunteer Coordinator
Main 808-245-7277 | Direct 808-977-8501 | www.kauaihospice.org
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