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life matters
spring/summer 2021

The Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region "Life Matters" newsletter is out. Click the button to read the entire Spring / Summer 2021 Edition or browse individual articles below.

feature story:

Children's Grief: How Therapy Bunnies are Bringing Comfort

Meet Karlee Brewer and Buster. Each day across 28 counties in North and South Carolina, Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region (HPCCR) cares for those facing serious illness or nearing death. Part of the HPCCR mission is to help the bereaved heal after the loss of a loved one. Karlee is one of those tender souls. 

in this issue:

A Love Forever Strong

Hospice and palliative care is more than just treating pain and symptoms for a patient. We provide a holistic form of care that treats the whole person and the emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of their lives.  We also know that life does not end with a diagnosis or even hospice care...there is life left to live and moments to celebrate.  Playing a small part in making celebrations possible is something we are grateful for each and every day - because every life matters. And we can help families create positive memories to carry them through the end-of-life journey and beyond. 

Yes, Soup for You! Soup on Sunday 2021 - Drive-Through Fun!

For over two decades, Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region's (HPCCR’s) annual “Soup on Sunday” fundraiser has been a much-anticipated community gathering event as winter temperatures create a chill in the air.  In a “typical year,” 800 – 1000 attendees fill the Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Building at Central Piedmont Community College, under a banner of friendship and community, to sample amazing soups prepared with winter soup-lovers in mind. As COVID-19 numbers climbed following the holidays, the question became: how do you safely serve delicious soups from local chefs during a pandemic? Curbside delivery service with a smile, of course.    

Access to Care Beyond the Charlotte Region

Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region (HPCCR) is committed to providing exceptional end-of-life care beyond the Charlotte area. As part of that pledge, we are expanding access through a partnership with our neighbor to the west, Hospice Cleveland County (HCC). This combination of two hospices with stellar reputations will create an opportunity to leverage the talents of our staffs to broaden our reach, respond to care needs, and stay ahead of health care changes.  

Proudly Serving Those Who Served - Helping Our Veterans Find Companionship During COVID-19

When the loneliness of COVID-19 began to break Myron Koblansky’s heart, he cried out, “Why have I lost my freedom?” His cry did not go unanswered by Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region (HPCCR). As Social Worker Susan Anderson put it, “My heart broke for him. I just had to do something.” In this tender case, as with many others involving HPCCR patients, that “something” inspired a team effort.

Remembering a Beloved Physician, Dr. Williams

Dr. Williams, a valued former physician at HPCCR, passed away in March at age 73.  One of his most important contributions was leading our Kids Path pediatric specialty care program where he helped our young patients, and their families, with compassion and through his invaluable expertise.

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