Congratulation Graduates!

Congratulations to the Graduates! Sue Dougherty, Volunteer Coordinator at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, recently held a graduation ceremony for students of the Pike County, Hospice Home Care Volunteer Training Program.

Areas covered in the training program include understanding hospice, confidentiality, working with families, listening skills, signs and symptoms of approaching death, loss and grief and bereavement support.

We hold volunteer hospice training classes three time a year in different areas. The classes are four weeks long, two mornings per week.

Graduates from L to R: Mary Resteghini, Alysa Caustini, Christine Allen, Del Lipsky, Sue Dougherty, Volunteer Coordinator, and Francesca Cappellettiligi.

Graduates from l to R: Mary Resteghini, Alysa Caustini, Christine Allen, Del Lipsky, Sue Dougherty, Volunteer Coordinator, and Francesca Cappellettiligi.


iliff_trees NEWTON – November 1, 2016 – Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is privileged to join with families each year to remember the lives of loved ones throughout the holiday season. The Lights of Life Memorial Tree Lighting has been a seasonal staple for friends and family in the tri-state area for over twenty-five years. Its outreach extends into three locations; Sussex and Warren Counties, NJ and Pike County, PA, where families are invited to participate in this commemorative tradition. The Warren County Lights of Life Memorial will be held Tuesday, November 29 at 7 p.m. at the Wayne Dumont, Jr. Administration Building, 165 Route 519 South, Belvidere, NJ; the Pike County Lights of Life event will be held Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd on Catharine and 5th Street in Milford; the Sussex County Lights of Life Memorial will be held Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. in the atrium at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Sussex County Community College. Each of the Lights of Life Memorial Services are accented with guest readers that include area leaders, hospice employees, volunteers and family members. “We are pleased to welcome families to gather with us once again this year at one of our event locations. These are very special evenings for so many and each are highlighted with music and thoughtful reflections,” stated Julia Quinlan, Co-Founder and President of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. At the conclusion of each of the Lights of Life presentation, a memorial tree will be lit to commemorate the shining place our loved ones have held in our hearts and minds. Warren County’s Lights of Life Memorial Tree will be featured on the grounds of the Wayne Dumont, Jr. Administration Building; Pike County’s Lights of Life Memorial Tree will glow at the Memorial Park, located on the corner of Catharine and 5th Street in Milford, and Sussex County’s Lights of Life campaign will illuminate Newton Town Square Park’s live evergreen, along with several trees adorning the gazebo. The thousands of white lights and decorative Moravian stars represent donations sent to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice in memory of a family member or friend. “The memorial service and tree lightings provide a meaningful way for people to come together and share the emotions commonly experienced throughout the holidays. Lights of Life is a thoughtful, comforting service at which participants can honor and remember their loved ones,” stated Louis Ruggiero, President of Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home. Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home has been the Event Sponsor of the Lights of Life Tree Lighting and Memorials for over a decade and continues to assist Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice with the presentation of this community outreach to area families. For a $100.00 gift, participants are invited to remember a loved one this holiday season and will also receive a commemorative Lenox ornament chosen to highlight the 2016 event. With a $20.00 donation donors will have their loved ones name remembered. With each donation, participants are able to send an acknowledgement with a commemorative star lapel pin to a designated recipient. To remember a loved one this holiday season, please visit or call 800-882-1117 for assistance. The Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill and Bereavement for those who have lost loved ones. Serving Northwest NJ and Northeast PA; please call 800-882-1117 to reach any of our services. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 104 Bennett Ave., Milford, PA. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is an independently owned hospice program and the preferred hospice provider for the Atlantic Health Care System in our area of service. The Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon offers in-patient units, respite care, and routine hospice care to eligible Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice patients. For programs, events, and more information visit Stay up to the minute with us!

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Recognized as a We Honor Veterans Level Four Partner

"We Honor Veterans" committee members from left to right: Anthony Grigal, Lisa Burse, Jackie Gieske and John Drinkard. Missing from photo: Steven Downing.

“We Honor Veterans” committee members from left to right: Anthony Grigal, Lisa Burse, Jackie Gieske and John Drinkard. Missing from photo: Steven Downing.

(NEWTON)— Veterans often carry experiences from their military service that present unique healthcare challenges, and unfortunately, many of them may not know about, or have access to, specialized care. To help provide Veteran-centric care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice has been participating in We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice has recently become a Level Four We Honor Veterans Partner, the highest recognition of this exciting program! As a Level Four Partner, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice has:

  • Increased its professional and organizational capacity to provide quality services for Veterans and their families;
  • Developed and strengthened partnerships with hospices, VA, Veteran organizations and other healthcare organizations;
  • Promoted hospice and palliative care for Veterans; and
  • Demonstrated the impact of its Veteran-centric organizational programs.



“By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, We Honor Veteran Level Four Partners are better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending,” says NHPCO  President and Chief Executive Office, J. Donald Schumacher. “In cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, these partners are now capable of providing tools to help support those they are caring for.”

Though Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice has reached the highest achievement in We Honor Veterans, their ongoing commitment and dedication to Veterans ensures that they will continue to provide the best quality of care to those who have served our country.

The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for Veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, please visit