Health & Wellness

Center for Hope Hospice Creates Christmas in February for Terminally Ill Patient

a70cb11cde34f31ed441_best_0561084369a04d5595a2_Center_for_Hope_Hospice_logo.jpg
Credits: Center for Hope
0d42d655ab5d79b797fd_Center_for_Hope_Christmas_in_February.jpg
The staff at Peggy's House in Scotch Plains, a Center of Hope residence, created Christmas in February for a terminally ill patient and her family. Credits: Center for Hope
bf43b6d00166c5b86b4d_Center-for-Hope-Hospice.jpg
Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains
a70cb11cde34f31ed441_best_0561084369a04d5595a2_Center_for_Hope_Hospice_logo.jpg

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J., March 20, 2018 – When a patient expressed disappointment to her nurse that her illness had prevented her from celebrating Christmas Eve at home, the staff at Peggy’s House sprang into action and created Christmas in February, complete with a tree and a visit from Santa. The idea came from Jean Doyle, RN, who was attending to the needs of Liz K.*, who died on February 10, a week after the holiday celebration.

Liz had come to Peggy’s House in Scotch Plains in late January after several hospitalizations that kept her and her family from their yearly tradition of having Christmas at their East Brunswick home. She told Doyle, her nurse, about how she’d missed it and in no time, the residence’s staff got to work planning the day.

The main atrium, already decorated for Valentine’s Day, was completely redecorated for Christmas. The tree was erected with lights and ornaments, gifts and food appeared, and Rich Rager (whose wife, Nancy Rager, is the Center’s Director of Residential Services) got on his Santa costume to help celebrate the season. Liz, her husband Michael, their children and guests joined Peggy’s House staff on Saturday, February 3 for the festivities. Liz passed away one week later, but the Peggy’s House staff created a lasting memory for Liz’s family and all involved.

Sign Up for E-News

“She rose to the occasion and took it all in,” said Doyle.“She loved every minute of it. When I asked her if she had a good day, she told me, ‘It was an amazing day.’”

Rich Broski, communications director for Center for Hope Hospice, created a moving video chronicling the heartwarming story. In less than 24 hours after posting the video to the Center’s Facebook page, it was shared 26 times and viewed over 1200 times. The video is also on YouTube at http://bit.ly/ChristmasinFeb.

“We’re so proud of how everyone came together to create something so wonderful for Liz and her family,” said Frank Brady, President of the Center for Hope. “This is just one more example of how hospice care, in its truest form, provides comfort to patients at the end of their lives and can bring meaning to them and their loved ones, even at the most difficult times.”

Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care is a non-profit, community based organization that provides terminally ill patients with hospice care, and their families or loved ones with physical, emotional, and spiritual support during their time of need. The Center actively supports the individual's right to live out the remainder of their life with dignity and in comfort, surrounded by the love of family and friends, and eased from the burdens of physical, emotional, spiritual, financial or social distress.​ Center for Hope welcomes all terminally ill patients, their families and loved ones without concern for race, ethnicity, religious affiliation or ability to pay. It also offers pain and symptom management for chronically ill and seriously ill patients through its palliative care program. 

The Center for Hope Hospice offers nearly $3 million a year in hospice and palliative care at Peggy’s House and Father Hudson House in Elizabeth, as well as in patients’ homes and other medical and long-term care settings. For more information, visit www.cfhh.org or call (908) 889-7780.

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Westfield Family Continues ‘Summer of Kindness’ with Infant Clothing Drive

July 12, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield mom and teacher Sara Liptack is continuing her family’s “Summer of Kindess” with an infant clothing for Furniture Assist, an organization in Springfield that helps formerly homeless people, veterans, the elderly, fire victims, refugees and people fleeing domestic violence.

“I said, ‘What’s the one thing you really ...

It's Not What You Are Eating, It's What's Eating You

EMOTIONAL EATING: FEEDING YOUR FEELINGS

Emotional eating can be described as episodes of binge-eating, grazing and/or eating when not hungry to soothe feelings. Emotional eaters have a pattern of eating to cope with stress, emotional conflicts and problems of daily life.

Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger. Instead of physical symptoms initiating the eating, ...

Let's Talk About Suicide

In our world today, it seems our children, no matter the town, state, education, family unit, socioeconomic background, ethnicity or religion are grappling with complex, confounding and complicated issues not even fit for a middle-aged adult. Sadly, one of these issues is suicide. With mental health gaining more attention, the stigma appears to be dissipating but when a mental health ...

What Is Your Bottom Line?

This week's Parshah (Torah reading) is the Parshah of Pinchas the Zealot: the courageous young priest who stood up against idolatry and immorality and, in the end, saved Israel from a devastating plague.

While Pinchas' radical response made him a hero worthy of having a Torah section named after him, we wouldn't necessarily suggest to our children ...

Declaration of Independence – What is it?

July 4, 2018

Dear Editor:

The definition of a free country is where the government does not control what people say or do for political reasons and where people can express their opinions without punishment. The transition from a totalitarian state to a free country will be long and slow.

In a 2017 report Freedom House said that of the 195 countries assessed, 87 (45%) were rated Free, 59 (30%) ...

When to Dial 911: Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Tip of the Month

July 10, 2018

There are many times you should call 911. If you or someone around you is in true medical distress, such as experiencing difficulty breathing, chest pains, bleeding, possible stroke, or any other serious health issues, then 911 should be called as soon as possible. If there are wires down, fire, a crime in progress, or other dangerous conditions to people or property, call 911 ...

Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Encourages Family Fun with Online Fishing Tournament

July 16, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ — The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is asking families to cast their lines and reel in some quality time this summer as part of the fourth annual Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament.

The competition will be held from July 27 to August 5 as a way to encourage families to enjoy a day of fishing, while giving ...