HSCC now offers an Expressive Arts Grief Support Group for adults that uses creative activities to tenderly encourage expression, insight and growth in a supportive environment. Members are offered new ways to tell their story, express emotions without words and feel connected and supported as they creatively honor their grief and loved ones. This special group runs for 8 weeks and typically includes 6-8 participants along with 2 facilitators who have an art and grief support background. The group is different than other bereavement counseling in that while there is some time each week to share with each other, much of the time participants are working individually while writing, painting, drawing, sculpting and through movement. There is no previous art experience necessary to join the group and participants take their creations home with them. In a recent group participants made hand molds to remember and acknowledge all they gave to
“Étoiles de Confort” “Stars of Comfort” Quilt A fundraising raffle to help support Hospice of Santa Cruz County’s We Honor Veterans Program The Pajaro Valley Quilt Association (PVQA) has generously donated to Hospice of Santa Cruz County an exquisite quilt entitled Etoiles de Confort (Stars of Comfort). This priceless quilt will be raffled to help raise needed funds to support our Hospice of Santa Cruz County’s We Honor Veteransprogram. This custom queen sized quilt, designed by Betty Whitman, features a stunning collection of cotton, French provincial fabrics which profile 38 machined-pieced stars (each made by a member of PVQA). The quilted stars, featuring popular French-country colors of blue, red and yellow, are set on a delicate off-white print which serves as the backdrop for the dramatic star medallion created by Kristie Shulman. The name of the quilt Etoiles de Confort (Stars of Comfort) has three meanings: Stars of Comfort honors
By Joanne GuzmanOnline Marketing Specialist As we celebrate Caroline’s 7 years with Hospice of Santa Cruz County, I sat down with her to ask a few questions about her experience with hospice care and nursing. What brought you into nursing? I was studying studio art and ended up in the hospital. Like many people, I received a range of quality of care. It made such a difference when I received good care- it helped me to heal faster! I remember one night when a nurse came in to take my vital signs. The room was dark and quiet. I can still remember what her hands looked like and how she cared for me. I had a realization that I wanted to be her! How did you land at HSCC?There are many challenges in healthcare related to the patient experience. I wanted to find a nursing job that felt like right
In honor of Veterans Day, and as part of our We Honor Veterans program, HSCC is holding pinning ceremonies with our patients to recognize and thank them for their service to our country. HSCC’s Cathy Conway is pictured with veteran Bob Jackson, and his son Tim. Bob served in the Army in World War II and was a medic during the Battle of the Bulge. We thank Bob and all of our veterans who have served our country with courage and honor.