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Birthday Parties, Hospice, and You

By Linda Donavan Grief Support Volunteer Hospice of Santa Cruz County So many of us like to have birthday parties and celebrate the occasion with friends and family. However, at some point in our lives we may even no longer want, need, – or have room for – gifts. After all, how many pairs of slippers can anyone wear at one time? So, when my late husband’s mother, Elinor, was getting ready to turn 90, she made a great decision. She knew how much Hospice of Santa Cruz County helped her son, Paul, and our family with compassionate care and support during his illness. That’s why she asked people to donate to Hospice of Santa Cruz in his memory instead of giving her presents at her birthday party. The party was a wonderful occasion, where family and friends got together to share how much we love and appreciate Elinor and