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End-of-Life Doulas: Companions for the Dying

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Most people are familiar with the concept of birthing doulas—someone who provides guidance and support to pregnant women—but have you ever heard of an end-of-life doula? What is an end-of-life doula? Just as a birthing doula accompanies the mother and child through the beginning of life, an end-of-life doula is there to support the dying … Read More

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Gilchrist Ambassadors: Educating the Community About End-of-Life Issues

Friday, February 15, 2019

Gilchrist Ambassadors are able to speak about end-of-life, elder care and other issues that are important to people with serious illness. The U.S. medical system is designed to prolong life. But for many people, quality of life matters more than longevity. Research tells us that most people with serious illness want: Easily understood information to … Read More

Navigating Grief During Winter

Navigating Grief During Winter

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The winter season often brings snow, warm cups of tea and fires in the fireplace. For those who are grieving, however, winter can also be a challenging time. The shorter days, grey skies and cold weather can reflect our feelings of grief. The holidays coming and going, the stillness of winter and more time spent … Read More

Cathy Hamel, Gilchrist President

Happy New Year from Gilchrist!

Friday, January 4, 2019

I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start. For many of us, January is a time to reflect on the previous year and make resolutions for the coming one. Gilchrist is no different. Here are just a few highlights of how Gilchrist has changed over the past year to more fully meet … Read More

Fabio Lomelino, Gilchrist Grief Counselor

Grief in a Time of Change

Friday, December 7, 2018

Lately it seems that we, as a society, are struggling to grieve. Although we have been dealing with aging, illness and loss for generations, grieving in 2018 presents unique challenges. So much in the world seems to be changing in such fundamental ways that a loss can feel engulfed by a more global grief. Several … Read More

Thank You Veterans

Honoring Veterans Living in Residential Care Communities

Friday, November 16, 2018

One hundred years ago, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I ended with the establishment of the Armistice Agreement. November 11 became a day dedicated to the cause of world peace, and reflection on the lives lost during the Great War. Over the years, Armistice Day evolved … Read More

Deborah Jones, Gilchrist Grief Counseling Manager

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Friday, November 9, 2018

Every November, Gilchrist and other organizations across the country recognize and honor family caregivers who are caring for their loved ones with a serious illness. Challenges for Caregivers Many caregivers are faced with caring for loved ones 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The challenges are numerous: not only are individuals caring for … Read More

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People Choose Gilchrist for the Range of Services

Friday, October 26, 2018

Gilchrist is a nationally recognized, nonprofit leader in serious illness and end-of-life care. We provide counseling, support and care to people at every stage of serious illness, so they may live life to the fullest. Furthermore, we are deeply committed to giving people the clear information and loving support they need to make informed choices … Read More

Gilchrist Chaplain Dedera

Tending to the Spiritual Needs of Patients With Dementia

Friday, October 12, 2018

Dedera Baker writes about her experience with dementia patients as a Gilchrist chaplain in honor of Pastoral Care Week, which celebrates the practice of spiritual care through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling. What I have learned most about being a hospice chaplain is that, at the end of life, what divides us seems to disappear. … Read More

Volunteer

7 Qualities That Make Gilchrist Volunteers Special

Friday, August 10, 2018

Gilchrist volunteers come from all walks of life, have different spiritual beliefs and experiences, and range in age from 18 to 92. Many of them have lost loved ones who were cared for by Gilchrist. Some are students who will eventually provide care to individuals nearing the end of their life. Others are drawn to … Read More