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Continuing Bonds

July 28, 2015

Many grieving people wonder how they can maintain the bond they had with their deceased loved one as they move on with their lives. Many can’t even imagine moving on.

Developing a continuing bond happens over time. It shifts and changes for the mourner as different meanings in the loss are discovered. Continuing bonds provides solace, support and helps ease the transition from the past to the present.

Finding a way to carry the love for the deceased in our hearts is a great comfort. Some folks make major life changes. They go back to school, get new jobs, advocate for new laws or start fundraising. Others engage in their heritage and cultural activities to find meaning and connection.

Often we hear mourners remark, he would have loved this. I often think how my dad would react to certain news events. I know he would have loved when all of his children would get together.  He would have loved my newest granddaughter. The truth is that we can honor and remember our loved one in the context of things they haven’t experienced but would have loved.

Finding consolation in simple things can also help grievers find meaning in the relationship with the deceased and with the death. It helps create a bridge to a lasting, enduring, loving connection.

Remember your beloved when ….

…that person’s favorite song or artist comes on the radio.

…you wear a certain piece of jewelry or clothing.

…savoring a favorite food or dining in a preferred restaurant.

…watching the news, television or a movie.

…you meet someone that resembles or acts similar.

…you do something new and adventurous that he or she would have loved doing.

When we remember our deceased loved one, we frequently remember what they loved doing and various experiences. Continuing bonds allows us to carry our memories forward into how we live and what we love today. May your memories be a blessing.

Job Opening: Intake Assistant

July 8, 2015

 

INTAKE ASSISTANT
Location: Cleveland, OH

Receive and inquire about referrals. Collect data pertaining to patient’s diagnosis and prognosis, history, family supports, insurance and treatment/service needs. Confirm appropriateness of referrals for Hospice care after conferring with Intake Coordinator. Ensure each referral is reviewed by RN with physician for diagnosis, prognosis confirmation, Admissions Orders, signature of death certificate, and if Medicare age, explanation of benefit.

Requirements: Medical Assistant preferred; High school graduate or equivalent; One to two years experience in medical office or health care agency preferred.

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About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.  In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

Job Opening: Bereavement Coordinator

July 8, 2015

BEREAVEMENT COORDINATOR
Location: Ames Family Hospice House, Westlake, OH

Provides bereavement follow up to the Hospice of the Western Reserve families after the death of a loved one.

RequirementsMaster’s degree in social work or counseling preferred or a bachelor’s degree in social work/counseling with at least 1 – 2 years experience in group work and counseling; Clinical experience or skills relevant to grief and loss; ability to problem solve, make decisions and plan programs.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.  In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

Job Opening: Accounts Payable Coordinator

July 1, 2015

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE COORDINATOR
Location: Cleveland, OH

Performs accounts payable functions to process trade and ancillary invoices for payment according to established procedures and guidelines. Process, code, batch and enter assigned trade and ancillary vendor invoices. Conduct required research to reconcile invoice discrepancies/issues with staff and vendors.

Requirements: Three (3) years experience with processing accounts payable or comparable accounting/clerical work experience; Three (3) years experience with computerized accounts payable software system; Proficient in advanced functionality of word processing, database and spreadsheet software packages.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.  In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

Corporate College Teams Up to Build Bikes for Pediatric Patient, Sister

July 1, 2015

Bike Building Photo 2It’s an extra special summer for two siblings thanks to a collaboration with Corporate College and a grant that resulted in one of our pediatric patients, and his sister, getting brand new bikes.

When Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer Michele Seyranian learned through Jody Wheaton, Executive Director, Client Solutions and Program Management at Corporate College, that attendees were building bikes as part of the Bike for a Tyke corporate team building exercise, she immediately thought of our pediatric patients.

The Bike for a Tyke Assembly program requires a team to build child’s bicycle, customize it to meet the child’s wishes and donate it to a nonprofit agency for distribution to that child. The exercise helps participants practice team communication, problem-solving and t leadership skBike Building Photo 4ills.

Seyranian suggested one of the bikes could go to the family of a pediatric palliative care patient, and helped assemble a bike with the corporate team.  She contacted Mary Kay Tyler, Director Pediatrics and Clinical Support Teams, to find a child who needed a bike.

Pediatric RN Preceptor Ashely Ison was working with a family with two children:  Isaac, who is being treated for cancer, and his younger sister, Audrey. Corporate College funded and provided a bike for Audrey, while the pediatric team used funds from the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation grant to have a bike built for Isaac, who is now holding his own and receiving palliative care.  The two bikes were presented together.

The family, which includes Isaac’s twin  was especially appreciative both of the children were included. “The kids were ecstatic,” Ashley said. “They had no idea they were getting bikes. They were presented at the beginning of spring and immediately went for a ride.”

Creations from Special Belongings

June 22, 2015

 

When someone you love dmosaic tableies, being surrounded by their belongings can be both a treasure and a stressor. What is the best thing to do with all that stuff?

Do you toss it in a dumpster, donate to your local charity, save it for other people, save it for yourself or sell it?!  And how do you decide what to keep? And if you do keep it, what do you do with it?

Our loved one’s belongings often hold special memories.  Repurposing those items by turning them into artwork can help us honor and celebrate their lives as well as keep our memories alive.  While it may be difficult to cut, snip and refashion these precious items, with patience and a little creativity they can be turned into a lasting keepsake.

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

China – Mosaics are the art of assemblage of colored stone, glass and other items to create artwork.  Use china, tea cups and decorative plates to decorate the top of a teddy bears joanmemory box, tray or table.

Clothing – Old neckties, jeans, hats, sweaters, and other items can be used to make quilts, blankets, teddy bears, hats, and purses. Pockets from shirts and jeans can be included for holding personal notes.

Jewelry – Create new jewelry. Silver and gold can be melted down by a jeweler and used to create something new for you or for several people in your family. Gems and semi-precious stones can be shared amongst everyone in new designs. Cufflinks can become charms on a bracelet or necklace. Costume jewelry can adorn anything from a Christmas tree to a candle. Old pins can be turned into vinshadow boxtage magnets. Belt buckles can become necklaces. Be creative!

Table Cloths – Skirts, blouses and shawls can be fashioned from the beautiful fabric of a cherished table cloth. They can also be turned placemats or pillows.

Wall Art – Tools, jewelry, clothing and dishes can be used to create interesting and memory filled displays. Create a special wall hanging area for hats and/or purses that belonged to your loved. You can have items framed or buy and decorate a shadow box for these mementos.

Grievance Policy and Procedures for Participants of Continuing Education Courses

June 22, 2015

Grievance Policy and Procedures for Participants of Continuing Education Courses for CMBT

A participant, sponsor, faculty member or other individual wanting to file a grievance with respect to any program sponsored or co-sponsored by Hospice of the Western Reserve may contact the Director of Education in writing. This may be mailed to The Hospice Institute, Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th Street, Cleveland, OH 44119-1330.

Grievance issues may include but are not limited to: course content, statements of credit, contact information, and payment terms or refunds. The complainant must provide the following information: name, address, telephone number, his/her profession; title of CE course; explanation of the reason for the complaint/grievance. The grievance will be reviewed by the Director of Education and a written response will be issued to the complainant within 30 days of receipt of the complaint. If the complainant is not satisfied with the suggested resolution, the complainant may appeal to the Continuing Education Committee. The Committee, consisting of the Director of Education, Education Coordinator of the Hospice Institute, Chief Medical Officer, and other employees that represent all areas of professional development will review the history of the complaint, the suggested resolution, the reason why complainant is not satisfied and render a final majority decision on the matter. The complainant will be notified of the Committee’s decision in writing within 30 days.

If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision of the Committee, the matter will be referred to Human Resources for an opinion and suggested resolution. Participants are informed of this policy on the registration form. If resolution with Hospice of the Western Reserve’s procedures have been exhasuted without satisfaction, the participant may appeal to the CBMT Continuing Education Committee.

Photos: Walk to Remember 2015

June 10, 2015

Attendees and supporters donated approximately $175,000 to this year’s Walk, helping us continue to fulfill our mission of relieving suffering, enhancing comfort, promoting quality of life, fostering choice in end-of life care, and supporting effective grieving.  If you were unable to join us for the Walk and would like to make a donation, click here.  As always, we appreciate your support.

 

 

Walk to Remember 2015 Photos on Flickr


If you posed near the Elephant Crossing for a team photo, click here to find your team.

Our photographers were busy taking photos all day. Browse through our galleries to see photos from the day and see if our cameras caught you.

• Team photos       • Photo gallery #1      • Photo gallery #2 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job Opening: Clinical Team Leader

June 10, 2015

CLINICAL TEAM LEADER
Location: Cleveland, OH

General management, supervision and leadership of a hospice transdisciplinary team. Demonstrates knowledge of and commitment to organization’s mission, culture, fiscal, customer service and management principles. Acts as Hospice of the Western Reserve’s representative to hospitals, medical community and external providers.

Requirements: Clinical background with Bachelor Degree preferred. Hospice/Palliative Care experience preferred. Supervisory experience preferred.

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About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.  In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

Family Fulfills Dying Man’s Wish: Celebrate His 50th Birthday

June 10, 2015

Celebration highlights family’s commitment to Hospice of the Western Reserve

The year b9was 2008; 43-year-old Bobby Exum of Eastlake was dying of liver cancer, and he knew that he would not be alive much longer. He had been a patient at the David Simpson Hospice House for two months when he started thinking back on his life and what he was going to be missing.

His sisters, Julie Everett and Sandy Waterbury, recall that one of his last wishes was for his  family and friends to celebrate his 50th birthday. Waterbury said that in his final days, Bobby  told her he knew he would die young, but had always expected to at least live to 50.

“He was reminiscing a lot,” Everett said. “He was saying ‘I would have loved to live to 50; do me a favor and celebrate my 50th for me.’”

He died soon after, on Dec. 22, 2008.

Seven years later, during what would have been Bobby’s 50th birthday year, his family and friends will grant his dying request.  Plans are underway to  throw a birthday celebration in his honor at this year’s Walk to Remember, an annual fundraising event that benefits patients and families cared for by Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Held annually at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Walk to Remember provides family and friends the opportunity  to remember loved ones in a fun, family-oriented seb4tting. This year, Exum’s family will hold a get-together at the Zoo prior to the Walk.

“We’re expecting 35 to 40 people,” Everett said. “We’ll have shirts honoring Bobby. All of our family will be there; so will some of his best friends. He was one of six kids and we’ll be there with our parents. We’ll tailgate at the Zoo early and then get our shirts on.”

This isn’t the first year the family, which includes siblings Michael, Paul and Bill, and parents Judi and Bill, has held an event to support Hospice of the Western Reserve. They’ve held several Bobby Exum Memorial Poker motorcycle runs, raising thousands of dollars for Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Everett said the fab1mily was grateful for the support they received from the agency when Bobby was sick.

“Bobby had nothing.” She said. “No money, no job. Hospice was there for him and we said to Bobby we would pay it forward.  We want to be there for other families that may be in other similar situations.

We will continue to fund raise for Hospice as long as we can so others may have the same opportunity Bobby had – he loved it there, the nurses, the care.  You made his final days happy and peaceful.”

The time that the family spent at David Simpson Hospice House with Bobby had a profound impact on Waterbury.

“After being at the hospice house every day and talking to people who were there, I decided to go back to school and get a nursing degree and work in hospice,” Waterbury said. She now works at Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Warrensville office as a liaison nurse with University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center.