Memorial Day is dedicated to remembering and honoring the sacrifices of the more than one million men and women who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. For our nation’s veterans – as well as the families who had loved ones die while serving their country – the occasion can trigger waves of powerful emotions. While remembering is important, doing so can also elicit painful feelings of grief and loss.
A new Memorial Day short film coordinated by the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) and Hospice of the Western Reserve features an inspirational compilation of music, readings and reflections from not-for-profit hospice organizations across the U.S. The film was created to pay tribute to those who have gone before us and to lift up all who remember them.
Included are personal Memorial Day messages from several veterans, including a Medal of Honor recipient, the touching perspective of a Gold Star mother as she proudly speaks of her son’s contributions, a montage of photos and songs honoring the branches of the military and a helpful list of community resources available to support veterans.
About the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI)
The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) is a collaborative of 70+ not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers dedicated to ensuring patients and their families have access to care that reflects their individual goals, values and preferences. Representing providers from 31 states and the District of Columbia, NPHI and its members help design more innovative and effective models of care, advocate for comprehensive and community-integrated care customized to meet each person’s unique needs, and build collaboration between national thought leaders, decision-makers, and other healthcare stakeholders to improve hospice care.
About Hospice of the Western Reserve
Founded more than 40 years ago with deep roots in the Northern Ohio community, Hospice of the Western Reserve (HWR) is the region’s leading not-for-profit provider of palliative and end-of-life care, caregiver support and bereavement services, providing care for more than 125,000 patients and their families. HWR relieves suffering, enhances comfort, promotes quality of life, fosters choice in end-of-life care and supports effective grieving. Care is provided wherever the patient lives, including private residences, assisted living communities, nursing facilities and hospitals. HWR also owns and operates two freestanding inpatient hospice care units providing intensive symptom management for complex cases.
Not-for-profit community hospice providers are uniquely prepared to support those who have lived through loss. The organizations have deep roots in the communities they serve, providing services like individually tailored grief counseling and support programs tailored to the unique needs of veterans.
This collaborative project reflects the commitment each of the participating hospice agencies to caring for and honoring our nation’s veterans.
Learn more about NPHI here and view the full film.
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