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Weinstein Hospice Honors Memory of Patients

Family and friends joined in the service and were offered guidance on moving forward through grief.

Social Worker Susan Sandler lights a candle and Clinical Manager Teresa Meehan read the names of patients. Credit: Weinstein Hospice
Social Worker Susan Sandler lights a candle and Clinical Manager Teresa Meehan read the names of patients. Credit: Weinstein Hospice

Weinstein Hospice cared for more than 140 patients in 2013, and their memory was honored by the staff and Board of Trustees, along with the patients' family and friends. This year's service was led by Weinstein Hospice's Chaplain, Cantor Donna Faye Marcus, in Srochi Hall at the William Breman Jewish Home. Rabbi Joshua Heller of Congregation Bnai Torah offered words of comfort and healing to those in attendance. Weinstein Hospice staff members lit candles for each month and recited the names of all the patients.

In her address to those in attendance, Talya Bloom, Weinstein Hospice's executive director quoted the Rev. Doctor Lauren Artress, "Each person's experience on the journey of grief will be different. This is a reflection of our personal style, our relationship with the person who has died, our internal and social resources, and our past history of coping. As you journey through your own grief process, there will be unexpected turns and insights."

She goes on to say, "A labyrinth is not a maze as there are no dead ends and no wrong turnings. There is only one way... Forward. So it is with grief. The only way through it is forward, with many turns going back and forth over what seems like the same territory. We journey to the center of our grief, to the center of ourselves, and then slowly return to re-enter the world.

Mrs. Bloom, speaking directly to the family and friends in attendance emphasized that, "We are here to help. The hospice experience does not end when your loved one dies. It continues with bereavement support for a year."

Weinstein Hospice, an affiliated organization of Jewish Home Life Communities, is a not-for-profit organization offering a comprehensive array of services for adults who wish to manage their end-of-life health care needs in their homes. Our experienced team of healthcare professionals and trained volunteers are dedicated to alleviating pain and managing symptoms that interfere with the quality of living.

Weinstein Hospice is at 3150 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta.

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