News and Events

Feelings Field Day – November 10

Calling all kindergarten – 5th graders: Join us at Kids Path to explore healthy ways to cope with changes in our lives and to express our feelings about those changes. This workshop is intended for children coping with the serious illness of a loved one.

Friday, November 10
9 – 11 a.m.

Kids Path | 2504 Summit Ave | Greensboro, NC 27405

$10 materials fee

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

When Grief and the Holidays Collide – November 13 and 14

Speakers: Ryan Colgan and Mary Easton

This is a program to help adults plan for and cope with the holidays.

Choose the date that works best for you:

Evening: Monday, November 13, 6 – 7 p.m.
Daytime: Tuesday, November 14, 1 – 2 p.m.

Location: The Lusk Center 2501 Summit Avenue Greensboro, NC 27405

There is no fee for this event. Light refreshments will be served.

We also invite you to stay with us for an extra few minutes to create a Hope Pot to take home. We will plant pansies and bulbs in small pots. Early next spring, our pots will come to life with new growth and flowers. Our Hope Pots can serve as a reminder that better days lie ahead. Materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own pot or make a $5 donation.

To RSVP, please contact Tammy Chaput at 336.621.5565, thecenter@hospicegso.org or click the button below.

register now button 5-2014

Grief: What to Expect and What Can Help – October 16 and 17

In the early days after the loss of a loved one, life can feel overwhelming and disorienting. This hour-long program is designed to help newly grieving persons gain a better understanding of common grief reactions, strategies for coping and resources to increase your confidence and knowledge during these challenging times.

Choose the date and time that works best for you:
Evening: Monday, October 16, 6 – 7 p.m.
Daytime: Tuesday, October 17, noon – 1 p.m.

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

To reserve a place or for more information, please call
336.621.5565, email thecenter@hospicegso.org or click the button below.

register now button 5-2014

Helping Your Seriously Ill Loved One Through Difficult Emotions

As your loved one progresses through a serious illness, it’s only natural that he or she will face difficult emotions: fear, anger, sadness and much more. Yet not all people can express these emotions clearly. Perhaps your loved one is tearful, withdrawn, irritable or very worried. You may notice personality changes or feel that your loved one is distressed, but not know how to help. Below are some suggestions for how to connect and accompany your loved one through this difficult process.

How to Help

Provide a calm presence. Just be with your loved one, hold his or her hand. You may try talking about what is bothering him or her. You could ask, “What about your illness is most scary?” “What about your illness is most difficult?” You don’t have to solve the problem, but you can make a big difference just by listening.

Give your loved one a chance to voice his or her fears, regrets and worries. Ask why he or she feels anxious or sad. Listen openly and with compassion.

Try reading to your loved one—stories, verses, poems or magazine articles.

Consult with your hospice team about ways to ease your loved one’s anxiety or sadness. Perhaps your loved one is afraid of the course of the disease or the dying process. A conversation with hospice providers can provide reassuring information and a sense of knowing what to expect.

Listen to soothing or fun music together—even sing if you feel like it.

Provide a soothing touch. Hold his or her hand and offer to give a hand or foot rub.

Encourage your loved one to breathe slowly and deeply. Remind him or her of your care and love.

Talk about pleasant memories.

Terminal Agitation

As death nears, terminal agitation may occur. Signs of terminal agitation may include behavioral changes, such as increased restlessness, fidgeting, picking at covers, angry outbursts, combativeness, trying to get out of bed, calling out, hallucinations, increased confusion and sleep disturbance. Consult with your hospice team if you observe signs of terminal agitation as medications and other interventions may be recommended to manage agitation and promote comfort.

For more information about helping a loved one through a serious, progressive illness, contact Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro at 336.621.2500 or contact@hospicegso.org.

Hospice to Present Spiritual Care Conference

(GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA)–Members of all faith communities are invited to attend Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro’s (HPCG) second annual spiritual care conference. “Companions on the Journey: Deepening the Conversation” will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Lusk Center, located at 2501 Summit Avenue in Greensboro.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the dying process and learn how to be more effective companions to those on the end-of-life journey.

“We will address different disease trajectories, changing nutrition and hydration needs near the end of life, psychosocial and psychospiritual needs, the importance of life review, the role of rituals as well as spiritual resiliency,” said Beverly Isley-Landreth, a chaplain and assistant director of support services at HPCG.

The morning session will feature a panel presentation with the hospice interdisciplinary team, who will take two different disease diagnoses and form a hypothetical plan of care for each. The goal is to present a clear picture of the end-of-life process and how to meet an individual’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

The afternoon session will feature six TED Talk-style presentations, covering topics such as spiritual needs of Veterans, visions and dreams at the end of life and advance directives. Speakers are trained hospice chaplains and topic experts who have worked with people at the end of life for many years.

Participants will also go on a virtual tour of the HPCG campus, with an optional physical tour of the hospice healing gardens following the afternoon session.

“The value of this event is in providing spiritual caregivers with a view of hospice care as it is crafted from the first day of admission,” said Isley-Landreth.

The event is particularly appropriate for clergy, lay and stephen ministers, chaplains, spiritual caregivers and congregational nurses. Registration is $35, and lunch is included. Register and learn more at www.hospicegso.org/companions

About Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
HPCG, a nonprofit organization serving Guilford County and surrounding areas since 1980, is situated on a 14.75 acre campus at 2500 Summit Avenue. HPCG provides physical, emotional and spiritual support for children and adults faced with a life-limiting illness, as well as their caregivers and families. For more information, call 336.621.2500 or visit www.hospicegso.org.

###

Download PDF of press release

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
  • Cleaning your gutters

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.

The last item on the list, cleaning gutters, isn’t always the most fun, unfortunately! If you prefer not to clean gutters, then consider checking out these Gutter Guard Reviews. Gutter Guards help keep your gutters clean so you don’t have so much maintenance!

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

Click here to explore more caregiving resources. 

Family Make-A-Memory Bear Workshop – October 19

A fun and healing 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.

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

The Lusk Center | 2501 Summit Ave | Greensboro, NC 27405

Dinner (pizza and salad) will be served.

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

Instructions for Fabric

1. Choose a piece of clothing that reminds you of your loved one. There should be about 1/2 yard of fabric—about the size of a large adult T-shirt. Pieces of fabric that work well include a button-down shirt, pajamas or a robe.

2. Bring the fabric to Kids Path at 2504 Summit Avenue. Fabric must be delivered to the Kids Path receptionist no later than Friday, September 29 in order for your fabric to be prepped for the workshop.

Please note: The piece of fabric will be cut, re-sewn and permanently altered to make the bear. In some cases, there will not be any leftover fabric.

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.

register now button 5-2014