Children’s Grief Awareness Day November 17, 2011

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DATE: November 7, 2011
CONTACT: Dr. Roxanne Debski- Seigel
Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation
Offices in Newton & Phillipsburg, NJ & Milford PA.
PHONE: 973-383-0115 toll free 800-882-1117 FAX 973-383-6889
EMAIL: rdebski-seigel@karenannquinlanhospice.org
Website: www.karenannquinlanhospice.org

Children’s Grief Awareness Day
November 17, 2011

Bereavement RibbonNewton-November 7, 2011–As “Children’s Grief Awareness Day” approaches on Thursday, November 17 the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center will unite with organizations across the nation by wearing blue to commemorate the day. This third annual event, founded by the Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, focuses attention on the impact death has on children and what people can do to help a grieving child.

Founded in 2008, Children’s Grief Awareness Day is now observed every year on the third Thursday of November.

Children are often the forgotten mourners when in actuality they need to be heard and supported. Supporting Children’s Grief Awareness Day is a way to bring children who have had a loved one die – and their grief – out of the shadows. Through thousands of children and adults wearing blue on that day, we call attention to the issue, and children who have experienced a death can feel less alone and isolated in their grief.

The Sussex County Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center plans to pass out blue lollipops to children and adults on this day and will display blue colored balloons outside the center to draw attention and visitors. Many will also show their support on the Children’s Grief Awareness Day Facebook page and through various activities designed to raise awareness of the needs of grieving children. A Children’s Grief Awareness Day Toolkit containing ideas for a range of activities is available free of charge at www.childrensgriefawarenessday.com.

Diana Sebzda, MA, LPC, CT, Director of Bereavement, Lorri Opitz, MA, CT, Grief Counselor and Jennifer Smetana, MSW, LSW, Grief Counselor provide emotional support and education about the grief process to adults and children, not only through the hospice programs of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, but to the community as well. One of the center’s hallmark programs is the Children’s Art Bereavement Program which is offered three times a year. The counselors also offer Healing in the Classroom Workshops to school systems throughout the tri-state area which focus on educating school professionals in recognizing grief responses in their students and how best to support these children. The center has a lending library that is also available to the public and professionals in the area with literature on the topic of explaining death and dying to young people.

The Sussex County location of the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center is located at 61 Spring Street, Suite 100 Newton and is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 to 4:30. For more information about our services, please call 973-940-0413 or visit www.karenannquinlanhospice.org.

Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill, Bereavement for those who have lost loved ones and Home Care assistance for recovery patients. Serving North and Northwest NJ and the Pike County area PA; please call 800 882 1117 to reach any of our services. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ, Karen Ann Quinlan Home Health Care, 755 Memorial Parkway, Phillipsburg, NJ and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 104 Bennett Ave., Milford, PA. For programs, events, and more information visit www.karenannquinlanhospice.org.

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What is Palliative Care and how Can it Help?

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DATE: November 2, 2011
CONTACT: Dr. Roxanne Debski- Seigel
Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation
Offices in Newton & Phillipsburg, NJ & Milford PA.
PHONE: 973-383-0115 toll free 800-882-1117 FAX 973-383-6889
EMAIL: rdebski-seigel@karenannquinlanhospice.org
Website: www.karenannquinlanhospice.org

What is Palliative Care and How Can it Help?

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

Newton-November 2, 2011— There’s an important medical term that you may not have heard of: Palliative Care (pronounced PAH-LEE-UH-TIVE). “Palliate” means to make comfortable by treating a person’s symptoms resulting from a serious illness. Hospice is just one form of palliative care that many Americans have heard of.

Both hospice and palliative care focus on helping a person be comfortable by addressing issues causing physical or emotional pain, or suffering. Hospice and other palliative care providers have teams of people working together to provide care. The goals of palliative care are to improve the quality of a seriously ill person’s life and to support that person and their family during and after treatment.

For more than thirty years, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice has been caring for people at the end of life while hospice nationwide has served more than 1.5 million patients and their family caregivers each year. Hospices are the largest providers of palliative care services in the country. However, this very same approach to care is being used by other healthcare providers, including teams in hospitals, nursing facilities and home health agencies in combination with other medical treatments to help people who are seriously ill.

Hospice focuses on relieving symptoms and supporting patients with a life expectancy of months not years. Palliative care may be given at any time during a person’s illness, from diagnosis on and is appropriate for any stage of a serious illness.

PALS, Palliative Services (a trademark program that is part of the network of non-profit services provided by the Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation) works in partnership with your primary doctor and consists of palliative care experts, social workers, nurses, chaplain and pharmacists to provide the pain and symptom management you need, all while you are being treated for your medical condition.

Patients that are part of the PALS program also are given help in navigating through the healthcare system, professional guidance with difficult and complex choices, emotional, educational, and spiritual support for the entire family, care plans, nursing services, and in-home blood testing.

If you or a family member would like to learn more about this palliative care service, please ask to speak to a PALS HEALTH COACH by calling 973-383-0115 or 800-882-1117 for a FREE consultation.

Also to learn more Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has prepared a list of questions and answers about the difference between hospice and palliative care available online: http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3355.
Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice can help you understand more about palliative care and hospice and determine what might be best for you or your loved one. Contact them at 800-882-1117 or visit their website www.karenannquinlanhospice.org. You may also visit www.caringinfo.org or call the HelpLine at 1-800-658-8898 to learn more. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill, Bereavement for those who have lost loved ones and Home Care assistance for recovery patients. Serving North and Northwest NJ and the Pike County area PA; please call 800 882 1117 to reach any of our services. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ, Karen Ann Quinlan Home Health Care, 755 Memorial Parkway, Phillipsburg, NJ and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 104 Bennett Ave., Milford, PA. For programs, events, and more information visit www.karenannquinlanhospice.org.

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