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care navigators: connecting you to services

Care Navigators: Connecting You to Services

Friday, June 29, 2018

Through Gilchrist’s Care Counseling service, anyone in the community can reach a trained care navigator to receive support, guidance and help in understanding their options for care—either for themselves or a loved one with serious illness. Since its inception in October 2017, the care navigation center has received over 10,000 calls. For every caller, our … Read More

Gilchrist Grief Counseling Healing After a Loss

Helping People Heal After a Loss

Friday, June 22, 2018

Grief counseling is not a job that most people would seek. It’s challenging and is one that can either lead to very interesting dinner conversation or can shut down a conversation almost immediately. Most often I get asked, “How can you do that?” and “Isn’t it depressing?” But in my view, grief counseling is not … Read More


The importance of Gilchrist volunteers, and why we need them more than ever

Friday, May 25, 2018

Living with a serious illness can be an isolating experience. For some of the people we serve, their only regular visitors are their Gilchrist team. Every team member serves an important role, but the value of our volunteers cannot be overstated. Through companionship and social interaction, they help ease the loneliness that many of our … Read More

Gilchrist bereavement intern with one of her clients.

What I Learned About Death and Loss During My Gilchrist Internship

Friday, May 4, 2018

Before I became a grief counseling intern at Gilchrist, I felt well prepared to address the diverse range of concerns that were introduced by my clients, but admittedly became paralyzed when assigned to counsel a middle-aged woman who suddenly and unexpectedly lost her husband. Whether it was the culture in which I lived or my … Read More

Volunteer Team

National Volunteer Week: Recognizing Gilchrist Volunteers

Friday, April 20, 2018

Every day, I work with volunteers who selflessly give of themselves to support families when they are at their most vulnerable. Many of Gilchrist’s volunteers have had a personal experience with Elder Medical Care or Hospice Care and have turned their pain into purpose—it’s an honor to work with each and every one of them. … Read More

W. Anthony Riley, MD - Gilchrist Chief Medical Officer - Serious Illness

National Healthcare Decisions Day

Friday, April 13, 2018

Just when you thought you’d met your most important deadline for April 16, I’m here to tell you about another one:  National Healthcare Decisions Day, or NHDD.  NHDD is an annual initiative to encourage us all to consider, document, and communicate our wishes regarding our healthcare, that is, to do advance care planning and prepare … Read More

Gilchrist clinical bereavement counselor Laurel Goodrick sits with client Cindy Leverette-Ward in front of the quilt Cindy made in memory of her mother.

Reflecting on Counseling Awareness Month

Friday, April 6, 2018

April begs us to notice the arrival of spring—the usual rains that fall, and the flowers that shoot up through the softening ground. For me and other Gilchrist counselors, April also means Counseling Awareness Month. It has me thinking about the healing and the hope grief counseling can bring to those who are struggling. Some … Read More

Gilchrist Clinical Counselor Hilary Harrington (center) is joined by two attendees of the Mothers' Grief Group - Joanne Giza (l) and Maria Waltemeyer (r).

Comfort and Encouragement for Grieving Mothers

Friday, March 16, 2018

Over my years as a clinical grief counselor I have facilitated many offerings from our Grief Counseling program. While I have enjoyed them all—each for their own reasons—one program that holds a special place within me is the Mothers’ Grief Group (for grieving mothers who have lost adult children). Starting as a onetime Mother’s Day … Read More

Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude: Bringing Healing to Veterans

Monday, March 12, 2018

Gilchrist recognizes that veterans have unique needs at the end of life. Our We Honor Veterans initiatives are designed to meet these needs and to thank veterans for their sacrifice and service. Our most recent veteran initiative— Operation Gratitude —focuses on engaging and educating younger generations about the sacrifices veterans have made in service of … Read More

social worker

What It Means to Be a Gilchrist Social Worker

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Each March during National Social Work Month, I get to consider: What does it mean to be a social worker at Gilchrist hospice? I know we are trained to understand the psychological and social factors which underlie people’s thoughts, feeling and behaviors. But maybe the best way to understand our role is to hear from … Read More