Lights of Love

November 20, 2018 shepherdscove
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Shepherd’s Cove Hospice invites you once again to spend an evening remembering loved ones you have lost at our annual Lights of Love event. Lights of Love is a special evening of remembrance, a time to reflect on traditions and happy memories of family and friends
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Friendsgiving: A SCH Family Reunion.

November 16, 2018 shepherdscove
Rocky Hollow Farms became a (glamorous) barn full of laughter, applause, fellowship and graciousness. Several jokes were made throughout the night that Friendsgiving was essentially just a Shepherd’s Cove Hospice family reunion. When you consider the amount of time that people invest when they give, that is not far from the truth. People who spend
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A Veteran's Trip of a Lifetime

November 13, 2018 shepherdscove
Shepherd’s Cove Hospice patient Jeff Dunfield and his wife, Amy, took the trip of a lifetime this year, thanks to SCH and the national Honor Flight Network organization. Jeff had wanted to visit the memorials and military attractions in Washington D.C. for years, but time and resources always prohibited it. After he was diagnosed with
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Unmasking the Villain of Death

November 7, 2018 shepherdscove
Fear thrives on the unknown. That’s often what makes the end-of-life journey so scary – so much of it is unknown, unfamiliar. When we travel any other journey, whether it’s a new tourist attraction or the journey of marriage or parenthood, we seek guides. We look for advice from people who have been down that
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Why I love Camp HOPE

October 4, 2018 shepherdscove
It is time again for our fall Camp HOPE. As you may or may not know, our fall camp is only for children in our In School Grief Support Program. This program is in 65 schools, serving 400 grieving children. Now, I love both camps. I love watching families go through the motions and learn
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Give Grieving Children Hope

September 24, 2018 Hannah Green
  The transition into a new school year is a fun and exciting occasion for many students. It’s another chance to learn and grow. But it can also be a painful time for students facing a new year without someone they love. Grief can drastically impact the way children learn, interact with teachers and peers,
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The effects of death on mind and body

July 23, 2018 shepherdscove
If you have been through a season of grief, you know the process can profoundly affect you mentally and physically. Studies back up this experience, according to this article from Some studies say the same portions of the brain involved in processing grief, the ones that help us in retrieving memories and dwelling on
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Spring Camp HOPE 2018

May 15, 2018 panik
Another Camp HOPE has come and gone, and we are left with the tan lines from that sunny day and the memories that remain. The weather, albeit a little hot for this former Montana girl, was perfect. The sun was shining, a nice breeze was continuous off the lake and we felt the blessings of
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On Memorial Day and serving those who selflessly served us

May 15, 2018 panik
As another Memorial Day approaches, we become reflective on the service of our American heroes. I was born to a 7th generation Army veteran. My family’s history has been colored with service in the United States Military, so this particular holiday is a big one for us. My great-grandfather was killed in combat in WWII.
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Raising awareness for child abuse

April 27, 2018 panik
National Child Abuse Prevention month may be ending soon, but the fight against child abuse and neglect continues. and it’s one we can all be part of. Blue pinwheels spin in front of the Shepherd’s Cove Hospice sign, which has been lit blue for the past week. If you saw any of our staff members
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What victory looks like

April 24, 2018 panik
“I made it through the whole thing!” Such was the exclamation of Race to Remember participant Margarett Davis. In her 70s, this was the first time she had made it through the entire 5K course. Although this is a chip-timed race on a certified route, this sweet soul was never there for records’ sake. For
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National Healthcare Decisions Day: choosing comfort

April 17, 2018 panik
The family of Barbara Bush went public with a very private decision Sunday when they announced the former first lady will no longer seek aggressive treatments, but instead opted for “comfort care.” At 92 years old, Bush has suffered from COPD and congestive heart failure for around two years, according to news reports. After a
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Hospice Care: myths vs. facts

March 15, 2018 panik
The thought of hospice is difficult and can be overwhelming. End-of-life care is a topic that is not easily discussed and is typically not thought about until needed. There are also many myths and misconceptions about hospice care. Hospice focuses on caring, not curing, and in most cases, care is provided in the patient’s home.
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Appreciating those that served us so selflessly

November 27, 2017 panik
Are veterans prepared for the end of life? We hosted a luncheon to help veterans prepare for life’s most difficult journey Veteran heroes spent months preparing for their journey into battle, but so often they are ill-prepared for one of the most important journeys – the end of life. Preparing the correct legal and financial
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A family fun day at 5 Star

November 21, 2017 panik
FAMILY FUN DAY NOV. 4 EVENT OFFERS FAMILY FUN TO KICK OFF RACE TO REMEMBER   Albertville – Families across Sand Mountain are invited to enjoy inflatables, food and fun at the Family Fun Day event Nov. 4 at Five Star Sports Complex in Albertville. Admission will be free to Five Star’s indoor inflatable play
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Witnessing HOPE

November 21, 2017 panik
This year was my very first Camp HOPE. As someone who was a show horse rider for the better part of 10 years, I hoped to be assigned to the horse area…God had different plans for me. (As he is wont to do.) I was assigned the role of Camp Photographer, which struck the match
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Making wishes come true

August 14, 2017 panik
Most people have made a wish, but the wish of a someone with a terminal illness is significant because it could be their last. The Shepherd’s Cove Foundation supports Shepherd’s Cove Hospice and the Palliative and Supportive Care Alliance (PSCA). Both organizations provide comfort care for patients with a terminal illness, focusing on adding as
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From Beginning to End

July 19, 2017 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. – Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV) I have often said God is the Orchestrator of my life.  In my mind’s
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The Solace in the Storm

June 21, 2017 panik
by Rhonda Osborne, Chief Executive Officer I am at the beach.  This is a place of solace for me – one of beautiful views, warm breezes, sun on my face, toes in the sand while listening to the powerful breaking waves.  Today, it is raining, lightning and thundering.  Not much solace…or is there?  This beautiful
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What Great Love!

June 13, 2017 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist New parents all over the world dream of a beautiful, healthy newborn.  Imagine parents who get the news late in the pregnancy their baby will likely live only a few hours, if she survives delivery, due to multiple deformities – each considered a lethal condition.  That is exactly
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Redefining Hope

June 8, 2017 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Here at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice, we come up against a lot of myths.  There are some real doozies out there.  One we hear often is, “Hospice means giving up hope.”  That is a completely understandable myth/misconception because hospice care is directly related to terminal illnesses.  But making a
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Why asking a “Dumb” Question is Really Smart

May 31, 2017 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist We have all heard the phrase, “Remember, there are no dumb questions.”  We all know that is not 100% true.  There really are dumb questions – we are all familiar with that eye-roll, jaw-drop response at some of the questions that have been posed either to us, or
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May 24, 2017 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Relief is a soothing word, is it not?  By definition, it means: 1) a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress; 2) assistance given to those in special need or difficulty; 3) a person or group of people replacing others who have been on
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The Amazing Mr. Beam

April 26, 2017 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Sometimes real-life stories are far better than anything that can be written by authors of fiction.  The book, “The Amazing Mr. Beam” is one of those real-life, completely enchanting examples.  As I have thumbed through the book on various occasions, I find myself caught up in the charming
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The Power of a Story

April 21, 2017 panik
Last Wishes Can Become Realities by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist I was driving down the road the other day and a news story came on the radio that made tears well up in my eyes.  When you work for a hospice agency, some stories just seem to hit home more so than others. 
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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 28, 2017 panik
How do we make a difference? by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Some observances are ones you wish you did not have to mark. With nearly 700,000 children victimized every year by physical, mental, or sexual abuse, National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April is one of those observances. According to the U.S. Department
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Tempest Tossed

March 15, 2017 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Recently, I ran upon an a-l-m-o-s-t insurmountable obstacle in my path.  I say almost, because when I thought all hope was lost, when I thought it was impossible and I would never find my way through – God showed up, BIG!  Someday I will have the time to
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If you thought you were dying, what would matter most?

March 10, 2017 panik
Shepherd’s Cove Hospice will be hosting free screenings of the PBS program “Being Mortal” on March 22 at 11:30 a.m. in our community room (located at 408 Martling Road in Albertville) and on March 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the Gadsden Senior Center (located at 623 Broad Street in Gadsden).  This film offers an opportunity
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The Race of a Lifetime

March 1, 2017 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist As I ponder the whirlwind of activities that surround our upcoming Race to Remember this Saturday, March 4, my mind turns to the patients and families we serve.  They are the very reason for our Race to Remember.  They are the reason many people run. In Hebrews 12:1,
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What Do a Bucket List and a Bridge Have in Common?

January 31, 2017 panik
Rhonda Osborne, CEO, gave us a glimpse into a precious moment with her mother, who is being served by SCH. Below, in her own words, she shares a story about her mother’s bucket list experience. “So what does a bucket list and a bridge have in common? As many of you know my mom is
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A New Year

December 30, 2016 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Around this time of year, many of us become reflective.  We ponder all that has transpired during the past year and consider all the upcoming year will hold. As I thought about embarking on the New Year, I contemplated all of the opportunities that could lie ahead.   Of
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Sometimes God Just Drops Them in Your Lap

December 16, 2016 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist I sat on the floor in our parlor last week engaged in a conversation that started with a question about our quarterly newsletter mailing list.  However, a rather precious story began to unfold from a lady that inspired me to be a better person. This lady had come
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Being Home for the Holidays Brings Hope

November 29, 2016 panik
Hope can take on many forms. For some, it’s finding joy after loss or peace in the face of fear. For others, it’s the possibility of a bright future or comfort at the end of life.  For many, it’s being home, especially during the holiday season. This Thanksgiving was special for me. I hope it
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Thanksgiving Dinner – What a blessing!

November 21, 2016 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist I remember when I was growing up, our holidays were filled with large family gatherings, more food than anyone could imagine, and lots of stories and laughter.  I remember those times fondly.  They are cherished moments – captured in time – but now a distance memory. When my
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What’s in a Name?

November 17, 2016 panik
by Rhonda Osborne, CEO The Board of Directors, at the suggestion of Hospice of Marshall County-Shepherd’s Cove’s leadership team, has voted to conduct research, evaluate, and change the name for this agency.  You may be wondering why we would want to change the name.   The simple answer to that question is the agency has outgrown
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Living for the Moments…99 Years in the Making

November 2, 2016 panik
By Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist One of my responsibilities for Shepherd’s Cove Hospice is to manage our social media.  When I arrived at work on Monday morning, I had a notification where Shepherd’s Cove Hospice had been tagged in a Facebook post of a precious lady who had celebrated her 99th birthday with
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Leaving a Fingerprint…

October 18, 2016 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Do you know how sometimes God will impress upon your heart a specific concept or image over and over again?  Lately, the concept God has put in front of me is that of a fingerprint.  We all have them, you know.  Each one is intricately unique and expressly
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If you BLINK it will be Christmas!

September 28, 2016 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist I saw a post on Facebook last night that rings true.  It said, “October is almost here, which means it’s basically Thanksgiving.  Guys, let’s face it…Christmas is next week!”  It made me laugh, but seriously, it seems every year, we do not even get to Halloween before we
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Day of Caring

September 14, 2016 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist May I just put emphasis on one word in the title?  Day of Caring… My heart swells every year when United Way of Marshall County’s Day of Caring rolls around in September.  I get so excited at the prospect of a community coming together to work for the
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When You Just Want to Feel Better…Period

August 25, 2016 panik
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist Do you know what it is like when you have the locally famous “Sand Mountain Crud?”  I have been the victim of that dreaded form of illness for the past week.  My first trip to my physician’s office was accomplished with my head hanging on the edge of the
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Where is Your Treasure?

August 19, 2016 panik
by Beth Byars, Homecare Team Secretary Yesterday morning as I ran to and fro getting ready for work, I was reminded of a verse. Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. What brought this to mind? As I was gathering belongings and trying to make lunch, I glanced out
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Laughter is the Best Medicine

August 10, 2016 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist I have had some recent heartache in my life – let’s face it, when you are raising a teenager, there WILL BE heartache.  Anyway, as I have continued to struggle to wrap my mind around things, I have a whole host of friends who have rushed to my
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Lessons from the Ocean

July 22, 2016 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist I was recently blessed with an impromptu invitation to visit a dear sister-friend at the beach for the weekend.  One evening while I was there, my sweet friend said she wanted us to walk along the beach and pick up some shells – a tradition, of sorts, for
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Fourth of July – Declaration of Independence

June 29, 2016 panik
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist With the impending Fourth of July holiday, my thoughts turn to what the holiday means. What is the significance? Is it a day where we grill hotdogs, eat watermelon and ice cream, and then set off a spectacular display of fireworks as the day turns into night? Perhaps. But
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Sharing My Time at Community Camp HOPE

June 8, 2016 panik
by Riley Kate Lancaster, 2016 Miss Northeast Alabama One of the greatest things about Dare to Share Your Stuff is that it does not limit sharing to a personal belonging or an actual item. You can share your time and services as well. I had the privilege of sharing and volunteering my time at Hospice
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Mobile Giving Makes Putting Compassion to Action Even Easier

June 2, 2016 panik
by Annah Grace Morgan, Foundation Director Since its founding in 1982, Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove has created a legacy of love and compassion for all individuals facing the realities of terminal illness. Our caring and professional staff are happy to be able to provide the physical, spiritual and emotional care people need during such
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What does hope look like?

May 25, 2016 panik
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist As I sat in staff meeting one day, recently, listening to a note that had been written by a family we had served, the Holy Spirit dropped this question into my heart, “What does hope look like?”  For each of us, in our everyday walk with the Lord, hope
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Being a Mother – The Greatest Adventure EVER!

May 6, 2016 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist When God made me a mother for the first time on a hot summer day in 1989, I had no idea what sorts of adventures lie ahead of me.  That moment is seared in my memory.  I even remember what song was playing on the music channel as
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My Mother...My Best Friend

May 5, 2016 panik
by Talina Shadix, Professional Development/EMR Specialist My mother, Betty Ann Wooten, was my best friend and my entire life. She taught me how to cook, sew, care for my family, be a good mom and wife, and a good employee while putting God before everything. I lost my mom to breast cancer April 2, 2008. She
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A Tribute to my Mother – Elowayne Slaton

May 4, 2016 panik
by Rhonda Osborne, CEO  There are MANY memories my mother made for me and my sister.  I recently said, factiously, I have tried to think of a memory that didn’t include me getting a “whipping”!   and that sounds much more terrible than it was in actuality!   However, my mother, along with my father, instilled in
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My #1 Lady - A Mother's Day Tribute

May 3, 2016 panik
By Karen Denton, Team Volunteer Coordinator   Karen Denton and her mother, Florence Dennis, enjoying a moment of laughter. With Mother’s Day approaching, I feel compelled (and immensely honored) to pen a few lines about the lady that I call Mother.  There are so many thoughts darting through my head as to which avenue to pursue
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A Mother's Day Tribute - There is no limit to sacrificial love!

May 2, 2016 panik
by Annah Grace Morgan, Foundation Director It’s an overwhelming task to write about the positive impact my mother has made on my life and the lives of countless children in our community. The task feels impossible to limit to words.  My mother never thinks of herself and always puts others needs first.   I joke that
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Country Perfume

April 28, 2016 panik
by Rhonda Osborne, CEO My mother lives “in the country” in the same house that she and my father built in 1948.  It is the house where I was “raised”.  She is at a point in her life’s journey in which she requires someone with her at all times. I have enjoyed most of the
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A New Adventure Every Day!

April 13, 2016 panik
by Phyllis Kembel, Admissions RN Home care hospice nursing is not only challenging, but can be a new adventure every day!  Over the years, as I have visited in the homes I have come in contact with a wide variety of pets, including the usual dogs and cats (in all breeds and sizes!).  Birds, lizards and
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Lesson from a Pansy

March 31, 2016 panik
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director Monday morning when I returned to work from vacation and the Easter Holidays, I was greeted with this beautiful Pansy that would not take no for an answer! It sprung up in the cracks of the front porch. The pansy didn’t stop, refuse to take root, and stop growing
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Blessed Beyond Measure

March 23, 2016 panik
by Beth Byars, Homecare Team Secretary I have thought often of how blessed I am to work for Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove. It is something that our Easter Communion in the chapel truly brought home this morning. How many work places will even allow you to talk about God and His precious Son? I
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What we do makes a difference…it impacts lives!

March 16, 2016 panik
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist I was honored to be asked to speak at the United Way Campaign Celebration a couple of weeks ago.  As I sat pondering what to say, one particular statement resounded in my mind, “A life touching a life.”  I had probably said that at every single United Way Campaign
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Amazed by the growth of the Race to Remember

March 2, 2016 panik
by Malarie Allen, Development Coordinator Lee Evans has participated in more than 50 races, but he continues to be amazed by the growth of the Race to Remember. Evans was the overall winner of the 2015 Race to Remember, which serves as the largest annual fundraiser for Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove. The
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The race is on!

February 17, 2016 panik
by Malarie Allen, Development Coordinator We are just 17 days away from the 11th annual Race to Remember, and one could definitely say “the race is on.” We hope you are getting ready to race, too. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever! We are already exceeding the amount of pre-registrations we
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As Valentine’s Day approaches…

February 7, 2016 panik
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist My mind often turns to those with hurting hearts, mostly because my own heart aches often. Even though I did not lose a spouse to death, I lost a spouse to the dreadful plague known as divorce. Please understand, I am in no way equating my loss to the
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The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

February 2, 2016 panik
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director Each organization, business, or family has many parts, all of which play a different role to contribute to success or fulfillment of their purpose. It can even be said of the human body that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Not everyone is a hand,
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Finding Strength in the Storm

January 22, 2016 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Sometimes life is just hard. There are things that are simply overwhelming and you feel at a loss to know what to do. Sometimes just taking the next step takes all of the effort you can muster. Do you ever feel this way? I do. Actually, I feel
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Organization and the New Year!

January 13, 2016 panik
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director awr-guh-nuh-zey-shuh – the process of forming into a whole consisting of interdependent or coordinated parts, especially for united action or to systematize or to give structure to…. No matter how you spell it out or define it, organization is one of the most beautiful words in the English language!
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There is something about this place that keeps drawing me back here...

January 7, 2016 panik
by Ellen Jones, Intern This past summer I did a marketing internship with Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove (HMC – SC). Hospice care has nothing to do with my college major and I wasn’t paid any money, but I loved my experience so much that I’m spending some of my precious Christmas Break
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Christmas Wishes…

December 22, 2015 panik
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist Sometimes I want to shout from the rooftops just how amazing our staff is when it comes to caring for our patients. One of our Hospice Care Assistants recently came into my office grinning from ear-to-ear to show me a photo she had taken. Now, this was not just
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The Sweetest Thing

December 16, 2015 panik
Having been an employee of Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove as a Team Secretary in the inpatient facility for over four years, I gained a unique perspective. One of the most heartbreaking things for me was to hear someone say they felt like by choosing hospice care that they were “giving up” on
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Christmas Shoes

December 9, 2015 panik
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director Ladies, this is a blog specifically for you. I’m not sure the guys would understand. (I know… I know… I risk being called sexist for that comment, but here goes anyway!) It has come to my attention that every woman needs a pair of red shoes. Preferably heels! Something
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Obstacles in Hospice Care…

December 2, 2015 panik
by Malarie Allen, Development Coordinator With slow and declining funding from Medicaid, hospice organizations and related healthcare entities statewide must band together to secure the future of hospice care in Alabama, according to Dave White, health policy advisor to Gov. Robert Bentley. White visited Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove last month, where Shepherd’s
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A Thankful Heart

November 25, 2015 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist As we approach Thanksgiving this year, I am beginning to discover there is a difference between giving thanks and having a thankful heart. Here at Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove, we often hear and receive words of thanks from the families we are honored and privileged
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Reflections on Camp HOPE

November 19, 2015 panik
by Malarie Allen, Development Coordinator One of my favorite books to read with my son is “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” The book’s main character wakes up grumpy and every little aspect of the day seems to go wrong. I didn’t see any “Alexanders” at our Camp HOPE last week.
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Stars and Stripes Tribute

November 11, 2015 panik
by Malarie Allen, Development Coordinator The call came through the speakers loud and clear, like the sound of “Taps” in a mournful farewell. “Stars and Stripes Tribute in Shepherd’s Cove.” In mere minutes, the hallway of Shepherd’s Cove, Hospice of Marshall County’s inpatient facility, was lined with family members, friends and Hospice of Marshall County
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I miss my mother!

November 5, 2015 panik
By Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director For those of you who have lost someone important in your life, you may have experienced those days where for seemingly no reason, you get an overwhelming sense of loss and sadness. Yesterday was one of those days for me. I missed my mother. As I got out of
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What Happens When You Sleep on the Cold Hard Ground…

October 28, 2015 panik
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist A couple of weeks ago, I went on a camping trip with my family. We knew it would be chilly, sleeping in a tent, so I prepared for the trip by packing air mattresses, a portable heater, and lots of extra blankets. I thought I was adequately prepared. That
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Back to the future

October 21, 2015 panik
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director For those of you who are familiar with the movie set in 1985, Back to the Future II, you know that when Doc and Marty traveled to the future, they arrived on today’s date, Oct 21, 2015!   During the making of the film, they came up with some predictions
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I have to say these things……..

October 8, 2015 panik
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director This morning as I was looking for something in my jewelry drawer, I came across the three page (front and back!) instructions I received from my daughter the first time I kept my firstborn grandson overnight. I’m so glad I saved them. Here are just a few of the
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

October 1, 2015 panik
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist Well, maybe not at the moment. But it is at Hospice of Marshall County’s Holiday Shoppe which opened today (October 1st) at the Crossroads Mall in Albertville. The Holiday Shoppe is open every week, Thursday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., from now until December 19th. There are
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Caregiving is Hard - How Can We Help?

September 23, 2015 panik
by Rhonda Osborne, Chief Executive Officer Not long ago my soon to be 12- year old grandson and I were discussing getting older. We talked about not only his getting older but also me getting older. He turned to me and said, “Nana, I’ll take care of you.” That comment touched my heart. To him,
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All I Can Say is Thank You for Caring!

September 18, 2015 panik
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist This week marked the 17th Annual Day of Caring for United Way of Marshall County and was it ever a doozy! It was a record breaking event with approximately 440 people in attendance at the Campaign Kickoff breakfast. There were over 500 volunteers from 57 companies in Marshall County
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It is sometimes easy to forget about the kindness that humans are capable of...

September 9, 2015 panik
by Ellen Jones, Intern Most of my friends were incredibly confused when I told them that I was doing a summer internship with a hospice. “But Ellen, you’re a political science major! What are you even going to be doing there? Won’t that be really depressing?” Two months later, I don’t know how I could
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A Life Touching a Life…

September 2, 2015 panik
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist Over the past few weeks I have had the privilege of serving as a United Way Loaned Executive. In that capacity, I have the opportunity to go to various companies and talk about the impact giving has on lives. When a person makes a donation to a non-profit agency
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Are Computers Really Human?

August 26, 2015 panik
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director Do you ever feel as if your computer has a personal vendetta against you? Or that they take on human characteristics and can sense when you are in a hurry and need a document RIGHT NOW!?!?!?!!?? Just yesterday, I powered up my computer to add agenda items for a
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A Personal Grief Journey...

August 19, 2015 panik
by Annah Grace Morgan, Foundation Director My Granddaddy would have been 90 years old on Monday. We lost him to lung cancer 3-1/2 years ago. With all of the “Spirit of 45” celebrations last week, my heart has been aching for my American hero, my strongest connection to the Greatest Generation. My granddaddy was a
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The “Spirit of 45” is still alive!

August 13, 2015 panik
by Ann German, Bereavement Assistant I was thrilled to participate in the 70th anniversary celebration event held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville with my husband, a WWII vet. We were honored to travel with World War II Vets and their family members by bus to the event. Senator Clay Scofield sponsored
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Race to Remember registration is now open!

August 10, 2015 panik
We’re excited to announce that registration for the Race to Remember 5K is now open at Jump on board early to take advantage of upcoming race related events and contests. Now is also the time to started building your team and fundraising. This year’s race will again take place at Albertville High School’s Coliseum
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Identity Theft – ANYONE CAN BE A TARGET!

August 5, 2015 panik
by Vickie S. Watson, Public Relations Specialist   Hospice of Marshall County’s Planned Giving Council hosted a lunch and learn today on the topic of how to protect yourself from identity theft. The information provided would be useful to anyone and everyone – as this is a growing crime which can cost you a great
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What Does Shopping Have to Do With Hospice Care?

July 30, 2015 panik
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director I was talking to someone last week at a Senior Health Fair about shopping at Thrift Stores.  The comment the person made was, “I can never find what I need when I go to a Thrift Store.”  My response was, “That’s your problem…you don’t go thrift shopping to find
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Music Truly Does Soothe the Soul

July 23, 2015 panik
by Vickie Watson, Public Relations Specialist Today, I had the distinct honor of attending the Countywide Gospel Singing for all of the Marshall County Senior Citizen Centers. What a joy it was to be in a room full of precious folks I consider my friends. I was invited to sing with the Guntersville Senior Center,
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Thrift “Shoppe-ing”

July 17, 2015 panik
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director I love Thrift Store shopping. Always have! I’ve been known to get up early on a Saturday morning and hop from yard sale to Thrift Store to yard sale. You never know what is just around the block that you JUST have to have! At one time, I thought,
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Fun at Our Area Senior Centers

June 30, 2015 panik
by Vickie Watson, Public Relations Specialist One of my absolute favorite aspects of my job is visiting with the local Senior Citizens Centers. Every month I visit with seniors in Marshall and Etowah counties just to have some FUN. There are times we play BINGO, have penny auctions, or sing old familiar hymns, but the
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Heart of Hospice Award

May 11, 2015 panik
2015 Heart of Hospice Award Recipient The 2015 Heart of Hospice recipient, Jamie Gore has been referred to as a “quiet GIANT” for HMC for 20 years. “I believe that God directs our paths and as such, I believe it was destined for Hospice of Marshall County’s and Jamie Gore’s paths to cross – not
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Gayle's Garden Comes to Fruition

May 11, 2015 panik
How wonderful to see the new landscaping addition to Gayle’s Garden done by the Marshall County Leadership Challenge Class of 2015. For those of you who have been with a loved one at Shepherd’s Cove, you know there are times when you just stare out the window, thinking of nothing and thinking of everything. To
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Community Camp HOPE

May 9, 2015 panik
Losing a loved one is hard at any age, but for a child, the grief can be impossible to navigate. Hospice of Marshall County (HMC) has helped many children through the grieving process with Camp Hope, a one day grief camp for children who participate in HMC’s in-school bereavement program. But on May 9th, for
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HMC Receives Grief Reach Grant

April 29, 2015 panik
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director We hear so many bad things in the news these days it causes us to think, “What is the world is this world coming to…”  Just when I’m tempted to concentrate on this depressing thought, I am reminded of the generosity of good folks and large corporations that see
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Volunteers Make A Difference

April 17, 2015 panik
by Vickie Watson, Public Relations Specialist I had the distinct honor of sitting in on an interview with the Sand Mountain Reporter of one of our faithful volunteers, Shirley Lybrand. I have known Shirley for several years, but my experience with her was always her willingness to help fold the 2,000+ quarterly newsletters HMC published.
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HMC Employees Appointed to Medicaid Committee

March 27, 2015 panik
Small Town, USA sometimes gets slammed as not having quality, professionals like the big cities, but I can tell you this does not hold true with Hospice of Marshall County! Stormy Dismuke, Chief Nursing Officer, and Marie Creel, Billing Specialist, are known for their expertise and professionalism, so much so, they were asked to assist
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