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Meet Hospice of Anchorage

08/03/2017

As part of Dimond Center's 40th Anniversary Celebration, we wanted to give back to the community by donating to four different charities. One of those charities is Hospice of Anchorage.Dimond Center donated $5,000 to them and asked the community to match that donation. The response went beyond any expectation, raising an additional $29,000, which makes a grand total of $34,000. These funds will be used to help families all across our community through their difficult and challenging times.

Hospice of Anchorage was founded in 1980 and is a nonprofit organization and a partner agency of the United Way of Anchorage. They are an interdisciplinary team - volunteers, nurses, social service coordinators and bereavement coordinators- who provide assistance to meet the transition from life through death and to cope with loss and grief. This may be a one-time visit, periodic contact or may grow into an ongoing relationship lasting weeks or months. All services are provided at no cost.

They have two main programs, hospice and grief support. Their hospice program supports people with life limiting illness. These people may still be seeking treatment or may not yet qualify for Medicare Hospice. They assist with case management and long-term planning. They also have a senior-in-home grant that allows for some personal care attendant hours to some of our qualifying patients. Their grief support program provides one on one support and access to peer support grief groups. The grief support groups serve people of all ages and have several topics, including miscarriage and child loss. They also have a lending library that the community is welcome to access.

Hospice of Anchorage has several events throughout the year, such as A Walk to Remember on August 12th (read more) and Remembering the Light on October 4th (read more).

 

This September there is Camp Erin, a camp for children ages 6-17, who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Camp Erin combines tradition, fun, and camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. Read more.

 

 

 

During the holidays they run The Remembrance Tree, which has been hosted at Dimond Center in the past. At this event one may dedicate an ornament on the Remembrance Tree, honoring the memory of their loved ones and shining a caring light into the lives of the dying and the grieving families in our community.

HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN ANCHORAGE

As you can see Hospice of Anchorage is working hard to help our community and to cover an important need. We encourage you to consider giving to such an import cause, whether it’s financially or through volunteering your time to help those in need of resources and support. For more information, see their website.