Bereavement Center hosts Open House

Children’s Grief Awareness Day is designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children — and of the benefits they obtain through the support of others. Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need.

Please join us at the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center for an open house on November 16. Come tour the facility, talk to staff and show your support for grieving children by holding on to hope.

You can also show your support for grieving children by holding on to HOPE. For the last several years, others have let grieving children know that people across the globe are
“holding onto HOPE”for them through the tragic times in their lives through the Holding onto to HOPE photo campaign. We know people support Children’s Grief Awareness Day for many different reasons. We want everyone to share why Children’s Grief Awareness Day is important them. Take a photo, share it, and let others know why this cause is important to you. Download your Holding On To Hope butterfly by clicking here! Bring you completed form to the open house – or take a picture holding it and email to:

Please call 973-948-2282 for more information.

What is the purpose of National Hospice/Palliative Care Month?

Q. What is the purpose of National Hospice/Palliative Care Month?


A. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.


Throughout the month of November, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice will be joining organizations across the nation hosting activities that will help the community understand how important hospice care can be, especially if services are received early enough. The hospice is launching a “Sooner is Better,” campaign in November. The campaign was developed by The Center for Hospice Care in Connecticut and will focus on the five main reasons “Sooner is Better,” when choosing hospice care.

1. You live longer. Studies show that people in hospice care live longer than patients getting curative treatment for the same illness.

2. You feel better. The side effects of aggressive treatments for cure of life-limiting illnesses frequently make you feel sicker. By choosing to stop treatment and start hospice care, our patients feel better and gain quality time.

3. You regain control of your life. In hospice care you can socialize and focus on living. And by managing your symptoms, our care will keep you out of the hospital.

4. You don’t have to stay. If you get better, you can leave hospice care, no problem. And you can re-enter hospice whenever you need us — simple as that.

5. We share the care with family members. It’s difficult for family to be your full-time caregivers — difficult for you and them. We manage and coordinate your care, which means that your loved ones get to be your family again.

You don’t need to be in the last days or weeks of life to qualify for hospice. Our care is about living — living well in the time you have left. The sooner you call us the better you’ll live.

Receiving our care is easy. Just call us. You don’t have to wait for your medical doctor. You, your family, or even a friend can refer you to us. We’ll work with your doctor and be your advocate. And you or your family can call us 24 hours a day.

If you have a life-limiting illness with a prognosis of six-months or less and meet criteria for care, you can access hospice, and you and your family can immediately begin to reap the benefits.

It’s your choice. Ask for Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice by name. The sooner, the better.

Please visit the hospice website for more information on activities and outreach events that are scheduled during November, including a screening of “Being Mortal,” in partnership with Sussex County Community College on Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the SCCC Performing Arts Center.

Quinlan Hospice Thanks Blue Knights of Northern New Jersey

Vice President Terry Loller of the Blue Knights of Northern New Jersey presents a check to – from left: Nancy Gallo, Bea Smith, John Quinlan and Julia Quinlan, as Jeff Hunker Goodwill ambassador looks on.

Quinlan Hospice thanks Blue Knights

Thanks to the Blue Knights of Northern New Jersey for their generous donation to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice of over $11,000 from the Chilly Chili motorcycle run held every January 1 at the Ogdensburg Firehouse. The Knights actually distributed over $56,000 to the Hospice, the Make a Wish Foundation and three families with special needs children. Each of the families received $12,500.

The presentation ceremony was held in a new location this year. Thanks to the Sparta VFW for the use of its hall and lawn, and to the Sparta Police for the use of their tents. Blue Knights Goodwill Ambassador Jeffrey Hunker did a great job as master of ceremonies and the food supplied by Homer’s Restaurant was fantastic.

The Blue Knights have supported the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice for over 30 years with the Chilly Chili Run. They also hold Gooch’s Garlic Run in June to support families in our community and another run from the Skylands Stadium in October to support Make a Wish.

Please support them as they support our community. Check out for more info. Safe riding from your friends at the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice.


Will a support group help?

Many grieving people wonder if they would benefit from joining a support group. Support groups are a time-tested method of help for people struggling with all sorts of difficulties. But groups are not magic; there are no words that can be uttered within a group setting that can make grief disappear. 

Will a support group help?

Groups are places to work together to support one another; they are places where everyone gives and takes. Not everyone will find a support group suitable; each individual grieves in his or her own way.  For many, however, support groups have much to offer, such as:

Validation: Grief is experienced in so many ways — physical, emotional, and spiritual. One needs a place to recognize that these reactions are part of the journey of grief. Being with other grieving people can reaffirm that one is not going crazy. While every loss is unique, through support groups one can bask in the support of others who have experienced loss and understand.

Time away: For many people, a support group can be a break from the loneliness and the boredom that often come with grief.

Suggestions for coping: There is no single solution to dealing with loss but members of a support group can offer a range of alternatives. By listening to stories of how others cope with a particular problem, one can find the solution that might work best.

Support groups offer two other gifts: they provide hope by providing models that reaffirm that one can survive loss; and participating in a support group can also help the griever can find new empathy, new understandings, and renewed strengths.

The Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center offers support groups in the following locations open to anyone who is suffering a loss of a loved one through death. The support groups are on-going, free of charge, and no pre-registration is required. For more information please call 973-948-2282.

Monthly: Location: Time:
Second Monday 5 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Third Tuesday 214 Washington St., Hackettstown, NJ 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fourth Tuesday 206 E. Ann St., Milford, PA 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
First Wednesday 5 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Third Wednesday 5 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ  12:30 – 2:00 p.m.


Charitable Foundation recognized with Platinum Seal of Transparency

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Charitable Foundation was recently recognized for our transparency with a Platinum Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile! GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits. In order to get the Platinum Seal, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Charitable Foundation shared important information with the public using our profile on Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world. Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think: