Knowing Us Before You Need Us

May 15, 2020 shepherdscove
By Cassidy Smith, Written Communications Specialist Our world is huge. There are millions of people who need our help in one way or another, from across the globe to right next door. Of course, we want to help however and whenever we can, but how do we choose who to help? How do we ensure
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Prioritizing Comfort

April 30, 2020 shepherdscove
By Cassidy Smith, Written Communications Specialist What is most important to you when it comes to your healthcare at end-of-life? Do you prioritize pain management, prolonging life, or something different? This is the question that was posed by Kaiser Family Foundation in a recent study about healthcare at end-of-life. In this study, KFF found that,
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The Impact of Giving

April 17, 2020 shepherdscove
By Cassidy Smith, Written Communications Specialist Giving. It can be the most selfless, loving act that one person can do for another. It’s outreaching a hand to someone in need, showing them that they are seen, loved, and valued. It’s laying down your own wants and needs to ensure that others have their wants and
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A Portrait of Home Hospice

April 10, 2020 shepherdscove
When my doctor gave me my terminal diagnosis, I felt like I was in someone else’s body, like this was happening to the person in the next room. I felt numb. I heard the words coming from his mouth, but I couldn’t make them apply to me. I remember whispering, “How much time?” I felt
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Planning Ahead: Writing Your Advance Directive

March 31, 2020 shepherdscove
By Cassidy Smith, Written Communications Specialist “They make it very clear to us what’s going to happen next…You can’t take care of these things too soon. People can become disabled and in a coma at 24. You’ve got to study this, got to sign the papers, got to let people know what you want, and
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We Race to Remember Those We Love

March 13, 2020 shepherdscove
By Cassidy Smith, Written Communications Specialist The cold, crisp air nipped at the tips of the runners’ noses as they huddled up behind the starting line. Wrapped in scarves, gloves, and hats, they shuffled in anticipation of the race ahead of them. The puffs of vapor condensed from breath rose and covered the crowd like
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Hero Takes On Others' Burdens During 5K Race

March 1, 2020 shepherdscove
By Malarie Allen, Donor Relations Specialist While many people participate in the Race to Remember in memory of someone they love, one Boaz man plans to run the 5K route with a loaded backpack to recognize hurting individuals of all kinds in the upcoming March 7 race. Joseph Rowan, 33, is registered for the Race
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The Heart of Hospice Beats Strong

February 17, 2020 shepherdscove
By Cassidy Smith, Written Communications Specialist Baker’s on Main was beautifully lit up with string lights and smiles on Thursday, February 13th. The aroma of flower bouquets lingered throughout the room, swirling with scents of delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by our multitude of sponsors. Laughter and conversations echoed throughout the room, complemented by the harmonious
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What You Find At Shepherd's Cove

January 31, 2020 shepherdscove
Cassidy Smith, Written Communications Specialist When I first came to Shepherd’s Cove just last month, I’ll admit I was nervous about what my job would entail. As the daughter of a lifelong nurse, I’ve been around hospice my whole life, but I’ve never been deep inside this world in my own career. I was worried
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Heart of Hospice 2020 Nominations

January 13, 2020 shepherdscove
Shepherd’s Cove Hospice welcomes nominations of individuals and businesses for the Heart of Hospice awards. The Heart of Hospice awards recognize an individual and business in the community who show compassion, celebrate the best of life, and shine a light in even the most difficult situations. The winners will share Shepherd’s Cove Hospice’s values of
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20 Children's Books for 2020

January 9, 2020 shepherdscove
Often, those of us with children are in tune with our children’s emotional needs. However, when both you and your child are grieving, how do you help them through it? It can be difficult to put aside our emotions to care for our children, especially in such a taxing, stressful time. Shepherd’s Cove wants to
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20 Books for 2020

January 9, 2020 shepherdscove
By Cassidy Smith, Written Communications Specialist Reading can be many things for many people. It can be an expansion of the imagination; it can be a vacation from life without having to lift a finger; it can be therapy for people going through hard times. These 20 books are meant to give the reader a
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Resolve to Live like a Hospice Patient

December 31, 2019 shepherdscove
By Cassidy Smith Every year, most of us dream up these huge lists of ways we would like to change ourselves. “Go to the gym more” or “eat healthier” or “get a new job” usually make up most of our goals. What if we dreamed even bigger? What if we could do more than just
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New Year’s Reflections

December 30, 2019 shepherdscove
By Rhonda Osborne Here we are – the eve of a brand new year! I am constantly amazed at just how fast time flies! For me, the beginning of a New Year has always been a time of mixed emotions – excitement about what was to come in the New Year and anxiety about what
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Guide us with the Lights of Love

December 13, 2019 shepherdscove
By Cassidy Smith, Written Communications Specialist Oh, the weather outside was frightful, but Lights of Love was still so delightful! Although the weather didn’t cooperate with the outdoor festivities, Lights of Love 2019 illuminated the city of Albertville on Tuesday, December 10th. From first-timers to Lights of Love trailblazers, Shepherd’s Cove radiated with warmth and
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The courage of heroes

November 25, 2019 scadmin
A hero is someone admired for achievements and noble qualities, one who shows great courage. There could be no more a courageous act than walking the journey of terminal illness and end-of-life. We had the great pleasure of celebrating these heroes we encounter every day at the Hospice Heroes Breakfast Nov. 14 at the Progress
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Remembering a Remarkable Woman

October 22, 2019 shepherdscove
Dolores H. Gibson Guntersville, Ala. To the Advertiser-Gleam   “Betty Jean Coplin was my sister and friend. She was kind enough to share her daughter Kimberly Ann Stokes with me, as I had no children.   We both loved Kimberly very much. She was developmentally disabled, but a joy to everyone who knew her. Betty
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Lessons from a hospice social worker

September 3, 2019 scadmin
The end of life is a difficult road . One Shepherd’s Cove Hospice social worker offers a bit of advice to caregivers that can make the road a bit smoother. While nurses focus on the medical care to relieve physical pain and suffering, hospice social workers meet other non-physical needs at the end of life.
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Dying together | A hospice aid's story

August 23, 2019 scadmin
Shepherd’s Cove Hospice aids Wendy Cooper, left, and Brenda Pitts use their heart, experience, and expertise to walk with families through the end-of-life journey. When you spend all your physical energy on daily living tasks, like bathing, you have little left to truly enjoy time with loved ones, hobbies, and special moments of life. People
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Bringing the gift of peace

August 2, 2019 scadmin
“As for me as an only child, it was like walking into a sanctuary where all pressure was taken off of me. Ironically, it was the most peaceful week of my life because of Shepherd’s Cove.” The relief of this caregiver was palpable as she told the story of her mother’s end-of-life care from Shepherd’s
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When words fail, love prevails

July 26, 2019 scadmin
Roy reflects on fond memories, surrounded by pictures of his family inside his Boaz home. By Malarie Allen | Public Relations Specialist When words failed because of Alzheimer’s disease, Roy and Catherine Shirley’s love manifested through devoted care. During 59 years of marriage, Roy and Catherine accompanied each other through careers, raising two boys, dealing
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Quality from the caregiver's point of view

July 19, 2019 scadmin
Shepherd’s Cove Hospice was recently recognized as an elite, endorsed, and exceptional provider of hospice care. Families served by Shepherd’s Cove rate the agency higher than national averages in 24 specific hospice care areas, according to a recent review by HEALTHCAREfirst, a third-party advanced analytics partner. This earned Shepherd’s Cove the 2019 Hospice Honors Elite
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Stories worth saving

July 12, 2019 scadmin
By Malarie Allen |  Public Relations Specialist Everyone has a story. The end-of-life journey often evokes these stories as people reflect on their years. Shepherd’s Cove staff and volunteers are privileged to hear many of these tales – accounts of overcoming, reports of difficulties, words of appreciation, and legends of greatness in many different forms.
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Finding comfort after death

July 5, 2019 scadmin
By Malarie Allen | Public Relations Specialist Hospice care is designed to ease the suffering of patients, but did you know an important aspect of hospice is to ease the suffering of the family, as well? Hospice cares for the whole person, including their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. The emotional and social needs
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Never too young: Teen volunteer lives to serve others

June 28, 2019 scadmin
By: Malarie Allen |  Public Relations Specialist Shepherd’s Cove volunteer Nathan Douglas has dreams of helping others that are bigger than his young age. His compassion embodies the heart of the hospice movement. The 17-year-old junior at Albertville High School began his volunteer journey several years ago helping with BINGO games at a local nursing
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Eagle When She Flies: A Dollywood Last Wish

June 21, 2019 shepherdscove
By: Malarie Allen |  Public Relations Specialist   From Albertville, Ala. to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., our community recently loved on one Shepherd’s Cove Hospice patient by providing a special vacation her family will never forget. Doreen Underwood has spent her life caring for her family, including five children ranging from 5 years to 23 years
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We love

June 14, 2019 scadmin
By: Malarie Allen |  Public Relations Specialist What does it take to companion people on an end-of-life journey? Love. It’s that simple. Our staff, volunteers, and community supporters love those facing an end-of-life journey. We love by relieving physical pain. We love by bringing spiritual or emotional comfort. We love by helping patients fulfill their
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A better way to thrift

June 7, 2019 scadmin
By: Malarie Allen | In a long-anticipated move, the Shepherd’s Cove Thrift Shoppe recently opened the doors to its new store and a bright future. After breaking ground in September 2017, dozens of friends and customers attended the grand opening of the Thrift Shoppe’s new location in Albertville on March 1. The move is
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Words of encouragement, Names of honor

May 24, 2019 scadmin
By: Malarie Allen |  Public Relations Specialist Whether in current service, decades post-war, or even after death, it’s never too late to show appreciation for the sacrifices of our military veterans, as Shepherd’s Cove Hospice patient and Vietnam veteran Jeff Dunfield can attest. Just as people send care packages to troops overseas, an organization called
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Hospice and the nursing home

May 17, 2019 scadmin
If your loved one is in a skilled nursing facility, do they really need hospice care? After all, they have nurses available around the clock, right? Yes, nurses and care aids are always in the facility. However, as symptoms worsen during the end stages of life, patients need more care and attention to manage those
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The privilege of caring for "family"

May 10, 2019 scadmin
For Shepherd’s Cove nurse Alisha, providing hospice care for patients and families in nursing and assisted living facilities allows her to care for the “grandparents” she never personally had. Watch the video to hear Alisha’s hospice story in her own words. Alisha was adopted. Her parents were older. She grew up without the benefit of
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Peace and purple sheep

May 3, 2019 scadmin
One Shepherd’s Cove patient found peace in knowing he would leave his family in good shape, thanks to the work of attorney Norma Wells and her team, and Shepherd’s Cove Hospice social worker Stacey Higdon. By Malarie Allen | Public Relations Specialist One of the biggest fears about the end of life is leaving financial
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Tyler and Rudy: An unexpected bond

April 22, 2019 scadmin
14-year-old Tyler Edde found a unique bond as he accompanied Rudy Hanners on his end-of-life journey. By: Malarie Allen | Public Relations Specialist Sometimes, two people on different life journeys converge for a time and leave an unforgettable mark on each other. Such was the case for Shepherd’s Cove patient Rudy Hanners and the unique
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The real benefits of volunteerism

April 12, 2019 scadmin
By: Malarie Allen   Satisfaction. Significance. Help. Joy. These words are just a few used by Shepherd’s Cove volunteers recently to describe the motives behind their service to the patients and families facing end-of-life issues. How often do people say they receive a greater blessing than they expected from volunteering? Turns out there’s truth behind
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Something anyone can do

April 5, 2019 scadmin
Think you couldn’t be a hospice volunteer? Even the simplest acts of love and kindness can make a significant and lasting impact on those traveling the difficult end-of-life road. Shepherd’s Cove Volunteer Coordinator Karen Denton shares below the story of volunteer Janet Zerzanek, whose caring demeanor and sweet phone calls touched the heart of one
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Reaching goals without fear or limits

March 29, 2019 scadmin
Area residents Mac and Jean McCrady prove athleticism is not about age, but rather inspiration and attitude. The two regular Shepherd’s Cove Hospice Race to Remember participants have amassed numerous racing records in their life but it in less time than most would think. Mac was athletic in his younger years, but his real running
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HOPE for grieving families

March 11, 2019 scadmin
Founded as a hospice agency, Shepherd’s Cove is familiar with end-of-life issues. In that, we realize these issues do not end at death. Each loss leaves behind loved ones who face another difficult journey: grief. No one should have to face that journey alone. The path of grief can be arduous for adults, much less
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You can be a Hospice Hero!

January 29, 2019 shepherdscove
Heroes surround us every day. Shepherd’s Cove unmasked several real life heroes during the first ever Hospice Heroes Breakfast Jan. 24 at Progress Rail Services auditorium. With stories of hope during illness and triumph over grief, we gathered with more than 100 people to celebrate the strength of people who care for terminally ill loved
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Hospice Heroes Breakfast

December 28, 2018 shepherdscove
Did you know that the Race to Remember helped Shepherd’s Cove Hospice teach positive coping skills to more than 400 grieving children last year in 65 different schools in North Alabama?  As we prepare for our 14th annual race on April 27, 2019, you are invited to be part of this worthwhile cause. Please join
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Lights of Love

November 20, 2018 shepherdscove
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Shepherd’s Cove Hospice invites you once again to spend an evening remembering loved ones you have lost at our annual Lights of Love event. Lights of Love is a special evening of remembrance, a time to reflect on traditions and happy memories of family and friends
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Friendsgiving: A SCH Family Reunion.

November 16, 2018 shepherdscove
Rocky Hollow Farms became a (glamorous) barn full of laughter, applause, fellowship and graciousness. Several jokes were made throughout the night that Friendsgiving was essentially just a Shepherd’s Cove Hospice family reunion. When you consider the amount of time that people invest when they give, that is not far from the truth. People who spend
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A Veteran's Trip of a Lifetime

November 13, 2018 shepherdscove
Shepherd’s Cove Hospice patient Jeff Dunfield and his wife, Amy, took the trip of a lifetime this year, thanks to SCH and the national Honor Flight Network organization. Jeff had wanted to visit the memorials and military attractions in Washington D.C. for years, but time and resources always prohibited it. After he was diagnosed with
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Unmasking the Villain of Death

November 7, 2018 shepherdscove
Fear thrives on the unknown. That’s often what makes the end-of-life journey so scary – so much of it is unknown, unfamiliar. When we travel any other journey, whether it’s a new tourist attraction or the journey of marriage or parenthood, we seek guides. We look for advice from people who have been down that
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Why I love Camp HOPE

October 4, 2018 shepherdscove
It is time again for our fall Camp HOPE. As you may or may not know, our fall camp is only for children in our In School Grief Support Program. This program is in 65 schools, serving 400 grieving children. Now, I love both camps. I love watching families go through the motions and learn
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Give Grieving Children Hope

September 24, 2018 Hannah Green
  The transition into a new school year is a fun and exciting occasion for many students. It’s another chance to learn and grow. But it can also be a painful time for students facing a new year without someone they love. Grief can drastically impact the way children learn, interact with teachers and peers,
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The effects of death on mind and body

July 23, 2018 shepherdscove
If you have been through a season of grief, you know the process can profoundly affect you mentally and physically. Studies back up this experience, according to this article from Some studies say the same portions of the brain involved in processing grief, the ones that help us in retrieving memories and dwelling on
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Spring Camp HOPE 2018

May 15, 2018
Another Camp HOPE has come and gone, and we are left with the tan lines from that sunny day and the memories that remain. The weather, albeit a little hot for this former Montana girl, was perfect. The sun was shining, a nice breeze was continuous off the lake and we felt the blessings of
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On Memorial Day and serving those who selflessly served us

May 15, 2018
As another Memorial Day approaches, we become reflective on the service of our American heroes. I was born to a 7th generation Army veteran. My family’s history has been colored with service in the United States Military, so this particular holiday is a big one for us. My great-grandfather was killed in combat in WWII.
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Raising awareness for child abuse

April 27, 2018
National Child Abuse Prevention month may be ending soon, but the fight against child abuse and neglect continues. and it’s one we can all be part of. Blue pinwheels spin in front of the Shepherd’s Cove Hospice sign, which has been lit blue for the past week. If you saw any of our staff members
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What victory looks like

April 24, 2018
“I made it through the whole thing!” Such was the exclamation of Race to Remember participant Margarett Davis. In her 70s, this was the first time she had made it through the entire 5K course. Although this is a chip-timed race on a certified route, this sweet soul was never there for records’ sake. For
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Hospice Care: myths vs. facts

March 15, 2018
The thought of hospice is difficult and can be overwhelming. End-of-life care is a topic that is not easily discussed and is typically not thought about until needed. There are also many myths and misconceptions about hospice care. Hospice focuses on caring, not curing, and in most cases, care is provided in the patient’s home.
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Appreciating those that served us so selflessly

November 27, 2017
Are veterans prepared for the end of life? We hosted a luncheon to help veterans prepare for life’s most difficult journey Veteran heroes spent months preparing for their journey into battle, but so often they are ill-prepared for one of the most important journeys – the end of life. Preparing the correct legal and financial
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A family fun day at 5 Star

November 21, 2017
FAMILY FUN DAY NOV. 4 EVENT OFFERS FAMILY FUN TO KICK OFF RACE TO REMEMBER   Albertville – Families across Sand Mountain are invited to enjoy inflatables, food and fun at the Family Fun Day event Nov. 4 at Five Star Sports Complex in Albertville. Admission will be free to Five Star’s indoor inflatable play
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Witnessing HOPE

November 21, 2017
This year was my very first Camp HOPE. As someone who was a show horse rider for the better part of 10 years, I hoped to be assigned to the horse area…God had different plans for me. (As he is wont to do.) I was assigned the role of Camp Photographer, which struck the match
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Making wishes come true

August 14, 2017
Most people have made a wish, but the wish of a someone with a terminal illness is significant because it could be their last. The Shepherd’s Cove Foundation supports Shepherd’s Cove Hospice and the Palliative and Supportive Care Alliance (PSCA). Both organizations provide comfort care for patients with a terminal illness, focusing on adding as
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From Beginning to End

July 19, 2017
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. – Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV) I have often said God is the Orchestrator of my life.  In my mind’s
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The Solace in the Storm

June 21, 2017
by Rhonda Osborne, Chief Executive Officer I am at the beach.  This is a place of solace for me – one of beautiful views, warm breezes, sun on my face, toes in the sand while listening to the powerful breaking waves.  Today, it is raining, lightning and thundering.  Not much solace…or is there?  This beautiful
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What Great Love!

June 13, 2017
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist New parents all over the world dream of a beautiful, healthy newborn.  Imagine parents who get the news late in the pregnancy their baby will likely live only a few hours, if she survives delivery, due to multiple deformities – each considered a lethal condition.  That is exactly
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Redefining Hope

June 8, 2017
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Here at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice, we come up against a lot of myths.  There are some real doozies out there.  One we hear often is, “Hospice means giving up hope.”  That is a completely understandable myth/misconception because hospice care is directly related to terminal illnesses.  But making a
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Why asking a “Dumb” Question is Really Smart

May 31, 2017
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist We have all heard the phrase, “Remember, there are no dumb questions.”  We all know that is not 100% true.  There really are dumb questions – we are all familiar with that eye-roll, jaw-drop response at some of the questions that have been posed either to us, or
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May 24, 2017
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Relief is a soothing word, is it not?  By definition, it means: 1) a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress; 2) assistance given to those in special need or difficulty; 3) a person or group of people replacing others who have been on
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The Amazing Mr. Beam

April 26, 2017
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Sometimes real-life stories are far better than anything that can be written by authors of fiction.  The book, “The Amazing Mr. Beam” is one of those real-life, completely enchanting examples.  As I have thumbed through the book on various occasions, I find myself caught up in the charming
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The Power of a Story

April 21, 2017
Last Wishes Can Become Realities by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist I was driving down the road the other day and a news story came on the radio that made tears well up in my eyes.  When you work for a hospice agency, some stories just seem to hit home more so than others. 
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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 28, 2017
How do we make a difference? by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Some observances are ones you wish you did not have to mark. With nearly 700,000 children victimized every year by physical, mental, or sexual abuse, National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April is one of those observances. According to the U.S. Department
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Tempest Tossed

March 15, 2017
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Recently, I ran upon an a-l-m-o-s-t insurmountable obstacle in my path.  I say almost, because when I thought all hope was lost, when I thought it was impossible and I would never find my way through – God showed up, BIG!  Someday I will have the time to
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If you thought you were dying, what would matter most?

March 10, 2017
Shepherd’s Cove Hospice will be hosting free screenings of the PBS program “Being Mortal” on March 22 at 11:30 a.m. in our community room (located at 408 Martling Road in Albertville) and on March 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the Gadsden Senior Center (located at 623 Broad Street in Gadsden).  This film offers an opportunity
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The Race of a Lifetime

March 1, 2017
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist As I ponder the whirlwind of activities that surround our upcoming Race to Remember this Saturday, March 4, my mind turns to the patients and families we serve.  They are the very reason for our Race to Remember.  They are the reason many people run. In Hebrews 12:1,
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What Do a Bucket List and a Bridge Have in Common?

January 31, 2017
Rhonda Osborne, CEO, gave us a glimpse into a precious moment with her mother, who is being served by SCH. Below, in her own words, she shares a story about her mother’s bucket list experience. “So what does a bucket list and a bridge have in common? As many of you know my mom is
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A New Year

December 30, 2016
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Around this time of year, many of us become reflective.  We ponder all that has transpired during the past year and consider all the upcoming year will hold. As I thought about embarking on the New Year, I contemplated all of the opportunities that could lie ahead.   Of
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Sometimes God Just Drops Them in Your Lap

December 16, 2016
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist I sat on the floor in our parlor last week engaged in a conversation that started with a question about our quarterly newsletter mailing list.  However, a rather precious story began to unfold from a lady that inspired me to be a better person. This lady had come
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Being Home for the Holidays Brings Hope

November 29, 2016
Hope can take on many forms. For some, it’s finding joy after loss or peace in the face of fear. For others, it’s the possibility of a bright future or comfort at the end of life.  For many, it’s being home, especially during the holiday season. This Thanksgiving was special for me. I hope it
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Thanksgiving Dinner – What a blessing!

November 21, 2016
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist I remember when I was growing up, our holidays were filled with large family gatherings, more food than anyone could imagine, and lots of stories and laughter.  I remember those times fondly.  They are cherished moments – captured in time – but now a distance memory. When my
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What’s in a Name?

November 17, 2016
by Rhonda Osborne, CEO The Board of Directors, at the suggestion of Hospice of Marshall County-Shepherd’s Cove’s leadership team, has voted to conduct research, evaluate, and change the name for this agency.  You may be wondering why we would want to change the name.   The simple answer to that question is the agency has outgrown
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Living for the Moments…99 Years in the Making

November 2, 2016
By Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist One of my responsibilities for Shepherd’s Cove Hospice is to manage our social media.  When I arrived at work on Monday morning, I had a notification where Shepherd’s Cove Hospice had been tagged in a Facebook post of a precious lady who had celebrated her 99th birthday with
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Leaving a Fingerprint…

October 18, 2016
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Do you know how sometimes God will impress upon your heart a specific concept or image over and over again?  Lately, the concept God has put in front of me is that of a fingerprint.  We all have them, you know.  Each one is intricately unique and expressly
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If you BLINK it will be Christmas!

September 28, 2016
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist I saw a post on Facebook last night that rings true.  It said, “October is almost here, which means it’s basically Thanksgiving.  Guys, let’s face it…Christmas is next week!”  It made me laugh, but seriously, it seems every year, we do not even get to Halloween before we
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Day of Caring

September 14, 2016
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist May I just put emphasis on one word in the title?  Day of Caring… My heart swells every year when United Way of Marshall County’s Day of Caring rolls around in September.  I get so excited at the prospect of a community coming together to work for the
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When You Just Want to Feel Better…Period

August 25, 2016
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist Do you know what it is like when you have the locally famous “Sand Mountain Crud?”  I have been the victim of that dreaded form of illness for the past week.  My first trip to my physician’s office was accomplished with my head hanging on the edge of the
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Where is Your Treasure?

August 19, 2016
by Beth Byars, Homecare Team Secretary Yesterday morning as I ran to and fro getting ready for work, I was reminded of a verse. Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. What brought this to mind? As I was gathering belongings and trying to make lunch, I glanced out
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Laughter is the Best Medicine

August 10, 2016
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist I have had some recent heartache in my life – let’s face it, when you are raising a teenager, there WILL BE heartache.  Anyway, as I have continued to struggle to wrap my mind around things, I have a whole host of friends who have rushed to my
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Lessons from the Ocean

July 22, 2016
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist I was recently blessed with an impromptu invitation to visit a dear sister-friend at the beach for the weekend.  One evening while I was there, my sweet friend said she wanted us to walk along the beach and pick up some shells – a tradition, of sorts, for
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Fourth of July – Declaration of Independence

June 29, 2016
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist With the impending Fourth of July holiday, my thoughts turn to what the holiday means. What is the significance? Is it a day where we grill hotdogs, eat watermelon and ice cream, and then set off a spectacular display of fireworks as the day turns into night? Perhaps. But
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Sharing My Time at Community Camp HOPE

June 8, 2016
by Riley Kate Lancaster, 2016 Miss Northeast Alabama One of the greatest things about Dare to Share Your Stuff is that it does not limit sharing to a personal belonging or an actual item. You can share your time and services as well. I had the privilege of sharing and volunteering my time at Hospice
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Mobile Giving Makes Putting Compassion to Action Even Easier

June 2, 2016
by Annah Grace Morgan, Foundation Director Since its founding in 1982, Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove has created a legacy of love and compassion for all individuals facing the realities of terminal illness. Our caring and professional staff are happy to be able to provide the physical, spiritual and emotional care people need during such
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What does hope look like?

May 25, 2016
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist As I sat in staff meeting one day, recently, listening to a note that had been written by a family we had served, the Holy Spirit dropped this question into my heart, “What does hope look like?”  For each of us, in our everyday walk with the Lord, hope
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Being a Mother – The Greatest Adventure EVER!

May 6, 2016
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist When God made me a mother for the first time on a hot summer day in 1989, I had no idea what sorts of adventures lie ahead of me.  That moment is seared in my memory.  I even remember what song was playing on the music channel as
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My Mother...My Best Friend

May 5, 2016
by Talina Shadix, Professional Development/EMR Specialist My mother, Betty Ann Wooten, was my best friend and my entire life. She taught me how to cook, sew, care for my family, be a good mom and wife, and a good employee while putting God before everything. I lost my mom to breast cancer April 2, 2008. She
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A Tribute to my Mother – Elowayne Slaton

May 4, 2016
by Rhonda Osborne, CEO  There are MANY memories my mother made for me and my sister.  I recently said, factiously, I have tried to think of a memory that didn’t include me getting a “whipping”!   and that sounds much more terrible than it was in actuality!   However, my mother, along with my father, instilled in
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My #1 Lady - A Mother's Day Tribute

May 3, 2016
By Karen Denton, Team Volunteer Coordinator   Karen Denton and her mother, Florence Dennis, enjoying a moment of laughter. With Mother’s Day approaching, I feel compelled (and immensely honored) to pen a few lines about the lady that I call Mother.  There are so many thoughts darting through my head as to which avenue to pursue
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A Mother's Day Tribute - There is no limit to sacrificial love!

May 2, 2016
by Annah Grace Morgan, Foundation Director It’s an overwhelming task to write about the positive impact my mother has made on my life and the lives of countless children in our community. The task feels impossible to limit to words.  My mother never thinks of herself and always puts others needs first.   I joke that
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Country Perfume

April 28, 2016
by Rhonda Osborne, CEO My mother lives “in the country” in the same house that she and my father built in 1948.  It is the house where I was “raised”.  She is at a point in her life’s journey in which she requires someone with her at all times. I have enjoyed most of the
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A New Adventure Every Day!

April 13, 2016
by Phyllis Kembel, Admissions RN Home care hospice nursing is not only challenging, but can be a new adventure every day!  Over the years, as I have visited in the homes I have come in contact with a wide variety of pets, including the usual dogs and cats (in all breeds and sizes!).  Birds, lizards and
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Lesson from a Pansy

March 31, 2016
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director Monday morning when I returned to work from vacation and the Easter Holidays, I was greeted with this beautiful Pansy that would not take no for an answer! It sprung up in the cracks of the front porch. The pansy didn’t stop, refuse to take root, and stop growing
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Blessed Beyond Measure

March 23, 2016
by Beth Byars, Homecare Team Secretary I have thought often of how blessed I am to work for Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove. It is something that our Easter Communion in the chapel truly brought home this morning. How many work places will even allow you to talk about God and His precious Son? I
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What we do makes a difference…it impacts lives!

March 16, 2016
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist I was honored to be asked to speak at the United Way Campaign Celebration a couple of weeks ago.  As I sat pondering what to say, one particular statement resounded in my mind, “A life touching a life.”  I had probably said that at every single United Way Campaign
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Amazed by the growth of the Race to Remember

March 2, 2016
by Malarie Allen, Development Coordinator Lee Evans has participated in more than 50 races, but he continues to be amazed by the growth of the Race to Remember. Evans was the overall winner of the 2015 Race to Remember, which serves as the largest annual fundraiser for Hospice of Marshall County – Shepherd’s Cove. The
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The race is on!

February 17, 2016
by Malarie Allen, Development Coordinator We are just 17 days away from the 11th annual Race to Remember, and one could definitely say “the race is on.” We hope you are getting ready to race, too. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever! We are already exceeding the amount of pre-registrations we
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As Valentine’s Day approaches…

February 7, 2016
by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist My mind often turns to those with hurting hearts, mostly because my own heart aches often. Even though I did not lose a spouse to death, I lost a spouse to the dreadful plague known as divorce. Please understand, I am in no way equating my loss to the
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The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

February 2, 2016
by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director Each organization, business, or family has many parts, all of which play a different role to contribute to success or fulfillment of their purpose. It can even be said of the human body that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Not everyone is a hand,
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Finding Strength in the Storm

January 22, 2016
by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist Sometimes life is just hard. There are things that are simply overwhelming and you feel at a loss to know what to do. Sometimes just taking the next step takes all of the effort you can muster. Do you ever feel this way? I do. Actually, I feel
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