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How to Make a Sunshine List


When caring for a person with a life-limiting illness, you are giving a tremendous gift. Yet this does not mean you have to give up yourself, nor do you have to carry out this new role alone. Friends, relatives and your hospice care team want to help. Without help, the demands may become too much, draining you physically and emotionally.

To avoid the urge to do it all, consider making a “sunshine list”—a compilation of little things that would brighten the days for you and your loved one. Keep it handy to share with others when they ask “How can I help?” or “What do you need?”

Your friends and family want to help but often don’t know how. Instead of answering the question “How can I help” with “I don’t know,” share your sunshine list and let them choose.

Here are some items you might add to your sunshine list:

  • Dusting
  • Vacuuming
  • Mowing the yard
  • Weeding
  • Making a trip to the grocery store for small items
  • Taking out the trash and recycling
  • Fixing a meal
  • Providing gifts of lotion, baby wipes, note cards or stamps
  • Reading to the patient
  • Sitting and talking with the patient
  • Giving the caregiver an hour break
  • Massaging the patient’s feet or back
  • Taking children to activities
  • Babysitting
  • Walking the dog
  • Emptying the litter box
  • Sharing old photographs with the patient
  • Bringing flowers

Think about what would really brighten your day and lighten your load, and don’t be ashamed to ask for what you want and need. People want to feel needed.

Do you think you and your loved one could benefit from hospice care? Contact us anytime for direction.

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Jersey Mike’s Day of Caring – September 20

Eat at participating Jersey Mike’s restaurants on Wednesday, September 20, and half your purchase will benefit Kids Path!

Participating locations:

  • 2104 Georgia Street, Greensboro, NC
  • 2939 B Battleground Ave., Greensboro, NC
  • 425 Pisgah Church, Greensboro, NC
  • 4835 W Wendover, Jamestown, NC

Kids Path is a nonprofit, specialized program of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, offering 1.) grief counseling to children dealing with the serious illness or death of a loved one, and 2.) home health care for seriously ill children

Click here to learn more about Kids Path.

Join the event on Facebook and help spread the word!

Family Make-A-Memory Bear Workshop – October 19

A workshop for parents and children grieving the death of a loved one.  Families will work together to create a keepsake bear in memory of their loved one (one bear per child).  This workshop is open to the community at large.  Registration is required.

Thursday, October 19
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Kids Path | 2504 Summit Ave | Greensboro, NC 27405

$10 Materials Fee

To register, please call 336.544.5437 or email kmcgregor@hospicegso.org.

Loss of an Adult Child Support Group – October and November

The Counseling and Education Center invites you to participate in a support group for parents who have experienced the loss of an adult child:

Looking Back with Love, Looking Forward with Hope

We will come together in this six-session support group to:

  • Share stories.
  • Discuss how to navigate through grief’s difficult challenges.
  • Find ways to live and honor your child’s legacy.

Thursdays
September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro | 2500 Summit Ave | Greensboro, NC 27405

To RSVP, please contact the Counseling and Education Center at 336.621.5565, thecenter@hospicegso.org or click the button below. Registration must be received by September 22.

There is no fee for this event, but donations are encouraged to keep programming accessible.

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Loss of a Parent Support Group – October and November

Living After the Loss of a Parent

When a parent dies, we can lose a best friend, our biggest fan, our sense of security, the “hub” of the family and the one who best knows our personal story. We also lose the chance to ever fix or make right what was difficult about the relationship.

In this group, participants will take the time to:

  • Share their stories.
  • Come to a better understanding of the grief process.
  • Find ways to cope with the many losses that have come with this one death.
  • Remember and honor them.

Mondays
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro | 2500 Summit Ave | Greensboro, NC 27405

To RSVP, please contact the Counseling and Education Center at 336.621.5565, thecenter@hospicegso.org or click the button below. Registration must be received by September 25.

There is no fee for this event, but donations are encouraged to keep programming accessible.

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Ridgewood Try a Tri for Hospice – September 2

Saturday, September 2
9 a.m.
Ridgewood Swim and Tennis Club
808 James Doak Parkway
More information: www.triforhospice.org
Register online: www.runsignup.com
Contact: triforhospice@gmail.com

The Ridgewood Try a Tri for Hospice is a great early season pool-swim triathlon. The event will take place at the Ridgewood Swim and Tennis Club, located in Guilford County, just outside of Greensboro, NC. Thanks to our generous sponsors, 100 percent of your race entry fee will go directly to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. The race begins with a 200-meter swim; athletes then will transition to a rolling 10-mile bike and finish with an out-and-back, rolling 2-mile run in the Ridgewood neighborhood. If you are new to the sport of triathlon or looking for a short, fast course, this is the event for you!

Loss of Spouse Support Group – September and October

Finding Our Way After the Loss of a Spouse or Constant Companion

For many, the death of a spouse or partner is the most difficult loss they have ever faced. If this is true for you, you may benefit from connecting with other bereaved spouses who are on a similar journey. A grief support group offers a safe setting to meet and talk about your experience, share ideas and give each other courage.

Choose the group that works best for you:

  • Daytime group (2 – 3:30 p.m.): Wednesdays, September 13, 20, (skip 27), October 4, 11, 18 and 25
  • Evening group (6 – 7:30 p.m.): Tuesdays, September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17 and 24

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro | 2500 Summit Ave | Greensboro, NC 27405

To RSVP, please contact the Counseling and Education Center at 336.621.5565, thecenter@hospicegso.org or click the button below. Registration must be received by September 11.

There is no fee for this event, but donations are encouraged to keep programming accessible.

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