Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring Luncheon raises nearly $150,000 for Hope Hospice

The Friends of Hope Women’s Committee recently hosted its 15th annual Spring Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, raising nearly $150,000 to benefit Hope Hospice.

“The continued support of The Friends of Hope Women’s Committee allows us to fulfill our mission to provide comforting care to all who need our help,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “We are so grateful for the committee’s dedication, for our sponsors, and for all who made this year’s Spring Luncheon a success.”

Event chairs Barbara Caccese, Etta Smith and Signe Wynne, along with event committee members, coordinated the celebration for more than 275 guests. The afternoon’s events included boutique shopping, raffle prizes, silent auction packages to Costa Rica, San Francisco and Italy’s Amalfi Coast, along with a fashion show featuring spring apparel from Kathryn’s Collection.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. served as presenting sponsor. Event sponsors included Northern Trust, Suncoast Print & Promotions, Inc., Dena’s Secretarial Services, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Kathryn’s Collection, and the Spring Luncheon Committee.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Preparing for Mother's Day after Loss

As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s important to remember that it can be a difficult holiday for those who have lost a child. It may be a painful reminder of the sons or daughters who are no longer here to share this special time. How can bereaved mothers cope when other mothers are being celebrated? What can they do when the day itself feels like another blow to their spirits?

Coping strategies can take effort at a time when energy is in short supply, but the following ideas may help grieving mothers and ease their suffering.

  • Decide that Mother’s Day is just another Sunday, and choose not to celebrate. 
  • Or, choose to honor the day by staying in the moment. If negative thoughts arise, try focusing on something else. 
  • During an event hosted by friends or family, remember the option to arrive late or leave early. Step away for quiet moments if needed. 
  • Be gentle, treating yourself with kindness and compassion.
  • Rest, drink plenty of water, and eat something nutritious. Avoid overindulging in alcohol or practicing other potentially unhealthy behaviors. 
  • Practice self-care. Go for a walk, listen to music, or watch a favorite movie.
  • Reach out to trusted loved ones for support.

Your grief journey is yours to navigate. The pain of the loss may be brought into focus on Mother’s Day, but you are not alone.

To attend a support group specifically for bereaved moms, contact Lorrie McCann, LMHC, CT at (239) 985-7716. For other help in dealing with feelings of grief and loss, please contact a Hope bereavement counselor at (239) 482-4673.