Our Heart Sets Us Apart
Shepherd’s Cove Hospice embraces the unique grassroots movement of hospice care, which is end-of-life care that focuses on caring, not curing, through an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals and trained volunteers. Our organization’s philosophy of high-quality care addresses symptom control, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes.
More than 1.65 million Americans and their families take advantage of hospice care every year. As the oldest, largest, non-profit, community-supported hospice in Northeast Alabama, Shepherd’s Cove Hospice has positioned itself as a leader in hospice services in Marshall and eight other surrounding counties. Our legacy is one of excellent service, and it wouldn’t be possible without you.
Our organization joined this grassroots hospice movement in 1982 as an all-volunteer agency. Today, with 567 years of collective experience, our highly-credentialed staff and volunteers are known to go above and beyond to meet the needs of patients and their loved ones, as well as others in the community. Together with community supporters who are generous with their time, money, and resources, Shepherd’s Cove Hospice has created a legacy of love and compassion for those facing their own death or that of a loved one.
Above and Beyond
Shepherd’s Cove Hospice doesn’t believe in simply meeting the minimum requirements. Our staff and volunteers are passionate about meeting the needs of our patients and their loved ones and serving the community through high quality grief support services offered at no charge. We rely heavily on the generous support of the community to make these programs possible.
Community Bereavement Services
The Bereavement Department of Shepherd’s Cove Hospice is committed to helping persons of all faiths, backgrounds, ages and nationalities through the death of a loved one. We are dedicated to providing the available resources to facilitate the healing for the life changing journey of grief.
It is our goal that all participants discover through their journey a deeper level of understanding of their loss, their grief and themselves. By sharing this journey with each other we achieve a destination of hope and healing realizing that in the process we are and forever will be changed.
Grief support services are offered to all ages at no charge, regardless of whether or not they have had a loved one under hospice care. We offer a wide variety of grief services, from support groups to one-on-one counseling to workplace grief crisis intervention to in-school bereavement and Camp HOPE grief camps for children and families.
Sometimes it helps to say goodbye when you have a physical memento of your loved one. Such items can include fingerprint jewelry, pottery, signature keychains, professional photographs, and more. Through community support, we hope to be able to provide these memorial items for those hospice patients who cannot otherwise afford them to help them through their personal grief journey.
Whether it’s meeting Mickey Mouse, taking a cruise, or reuniting with a lost loved one, our staff work hard to fulfill our patients’ final wishes. We want to provide as much joy and happiness as possible during their final days on this earth.
Sometimes the greatest service we can provide someone facing an end-of-life journey is to relieve a financial burden or provide for other needs. Perhaps a patient needs help paying an electric bill, which provides heat, cooling, lights, and maybe even oxygen supply or other necessary medical services. Sometimes a patient may need a set of new tires to help them travel to and from the doctor’s office safely. No matter the need, Shepherd’s Cove Hospice works with community partners to ease as much stress in the patients’ life as possible so they can spend their final days focusing on comfort and spending treasured time with friends and family.