I Want To Share a Story...
Posted by Diane Soucy Bergan
How often in our lives do we hear that line?...from a child who comes rushing in from play to share a story of a neighborhood adventure, an older relative who shares a special memory, or a colleague who has a tale to tell from the morning commute.
Stories are the fabric of our lives; stories help JourneyCare share our mission about the patients and families we serve each day in their life journeys.
Shortly after our legacy hospice and palliative care agencies combined to become JourneyCare, we launched this blog, Sharing Our Journey, as a place for our community of families, friends and supporters to express how hospice and palliative care have touched their lives. Our website, www.journeycare.org, has been another resource for our community to find information and resources that may be useful to them.
We have recently enhanced and expanded several communications channels that allow us to share more stories with you - our JourneyCare friends and family:
. We launched a new Together to Care newsletter that has just appeared in mailboxes of our supporters and will be printed twice more this year;
. Based on requests for more quick and frequent information, we also launched Together to Care Online, a companion newsletter for our friends and supporters with even more stories about our JourneyCare community;
. A monthly Volunteer Journal is shared with our nearly 1,500 current volunteers with a range of information about the goings-on at JourneyCare and stories about the incredible difference our volunteer services make in the lives of our patients and families;
. We distributed a Touching Lives publication to our business and community partners with useful articles on a range of topics such as end-of-life issues, grief support and making the most of each day during serious illness;
. Thanks to a great response from our JourneyCare community, we have greatly increased our social media presence. With input from our team, our families and supporters, we have rich content on Twitter, Facebook and event photos on our Flickr page.
These communication tools belong in great part to you, our community. Your stories of care and compassion – and the moments that matter most to you –are immensely rich in helping to spread the word about supportive and hospice care available for those facing serious illness and those who love them.
Our communities best understand the value of hospice and palliative care when they hear about the experiences of their neighbors, friends and colleagues – you!
The family of Chuck C. recently shared their story: “JourneyCare came along just at the right time when I thought I couldn’t take it any more – they were such a comfort to dad and to me. All of the staff we encountered were so patient, kind and understanding. They knew what we needed before we did. There were such difficult decisions to make, and JourneyCare always gently guided us through the process.”
Six-year old Madison Pruitt was a brave hospice patient whose family shared her story not only with JourneyCare but with others in Chicago and across the nation when word came out that she had a lifelong dream to become a police officer. And when the team at JourneyCare reached out, the Chicago Police Department responded with amazing grace to make that little girl’s dream come true just days before she died. Madison’s story touched so many.
We want you to share your story too, and how JourneyCare has made a difference to you, your family or friends. Your stories illustrate how JourneyCare helps our patients create meaningful experiences in the time they have and live on their own terms. Spreading the word about the importance of hospice and palliative care helps people feel confident accessing the supportive care they need – which they might not have found otherwise – that includes a care team of doctors, nurses, nursing aides, social workers, chaplains, and integrative therapies like Music Care Services.
Together we can make a difference in our communities in Chicago and northern Illinois.
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