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Talbot Hospice Hosts Wye River Upper School’s Student Art Exhibition

The Talbot Hospice Foundation is embarking on its third year of partnering with local schools to display select student artwork. From January 6th through February 17th, the watercolor paintings of Wye River Upper School (WRUS) students will be on display for residents, families, staff and visitors to enjoy.

The exhibit hangs in the Hospice Guest Wing, where there are six patient guest suites. The corridor that connects the main living room with the guest suites is a wonderful gallery space with plenty of natural light. The Guest Wing is open at all times and is accessed through a separate entrance apart from the administration areas. Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Susan Piggott shares, “Patients and their families love the change of scenery that the gallery provides – it’s always an exciting day when we hang new artwork.”

In years prior, Talbot Hospice has displayed artwork created by students from Easton Elementary School, St. Michaels Elementary School, The Country School, and The Benedictine School. During every exhibit students and their parents are invited to come by any time to view the artwork.

Wye River Upper School students are pleased to be sharing their creative talents with Talbot Hospice. Students created their paintings under the guidance of WRUS Art Director, James Martinez and local visiting artist, Marc Castelli. The students began the process by photographing local landscapes and then each student selected a photo to be the subject of their painting. Castelli coached students in watercolor techniques, color and perspective. Students wrote about their project experience, including their inspiration, the challenges they faced, and the skills they learned in the process. Sophmore Lucas Kheil writes, “I really didn’t have a clue as to how to start this painting. Fortunately, Marc Castelli came in and worked-hands on with us. It helped me a lot!” WRUS Art Director, James Martinez states “This was a great opportunity not only for our students to improve their painting skills but also to know they are touching the lives of others through their work”

Wye River Upper School is a college preparatory high school for grades 9-12 that offers a supportive, yet challenging curriculum for students with a wide range of learning styles and needs in the Eastern Shore and Central Maryland regions. WRUS is located on the campus of Chesapeake College in the Higher Education Center and provides technology across the curriculum, fine art and music electives, environmental science instruction, morning sports, dual enrollment with Chesapeake College, and a low student/teacher ratio.

Talbot Hospice Foundation and its medical partners Shore Home Care Hospice exist to provide compassionate support to patients and their families facing end-of-life issues. Hospice is about focusing on living and the quality of one’s life in the time that is left. Hospice care focuses on the person, not the illness, and on the family unit, not just the patient.

Talbot Hospice is a community organization. Over 340 volunteers assist at Talbot Hospice House on a daily basis with administrative work, caregiver support, patient care, gardening, cooking, and a variety of other jobs. And talented students, like those from the Wye River Upper School, give back with their colorful artwork which brightens and enlivens the hallways of Hospice House. It is all in the spirit of offering hope and compassionate support to members of the community facing end-of-life issues.

In photo: Wye Rver Upper School Students and WRUS Art Director, James Martinez, pose for a photo before hanging their artwork in the Talbot Hospice Guest Wing.

‘Looking Ahead’ Compassionate Support Group at Talbot Hospice

Losing a loved one can open up a wide range of feelings related to the unique relationship with the one who has died. Everyone has the right to grieve in his or her own way and in his or her own time. Studies show that acknowledging and sharing feelings reduce loneliness and support the healing process. The Talbot Hospice Foundation endeavors to help the entire community by offering a variety of bereavement programs.

An educational support group, which addresses the sorrows and heartaches of death, will begin on March 30, 2011. Called ‘Looking Ahead’, this group offers practical help on how to gather the strength to move forward again.

The six-week class will address a variety of topics including; the stages of grief, typical grief reactions, how to handle holidays, coping with stress, anger, guilt and sadness and the changes in roles and relationships resulting from loss. Norma Trax, LCSW-C, Talbot Hospice Bereavement Coordinator will lead the group.

Meetings are on Wednesday evenings, March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 2011, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in the quiet bereavement room located upstairs in the Talbot Hospice House. Please call 410-822-6681 for more information.

There is no requirement for your loved one to have been a hospice patient; the support is for anyone in the community who has suffered a loss. There is no charge for the six-week group.

Spring Volunteer Training at Talbot Hospice Foundation

Spring 2011 Volunteer Training will take place Monday, March 21, Tuesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 24 from 8:30 to 3:30 at Talbot Hospice House, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton.

Talbot Hospice Foundation is a volunteer, non-profit organization that provides care and comfort for patients and their families facing end-of-life issues. Hospice care focuses on the person, not the illness and is about giving the patient control and choices while treating each individual with dignity and respect.

Volunteers at Talbot Hospice work in various capacities from companion care, direct patient care, cooks in the guest wing, administrative receptionists, delivering supplies, assisting with support groups, beautifying the gardens, providing music in the Guest Wing, and much more.

For additional information, or to enroll in the training, call or email Volunteer Coordinator Susan Piggott, 410-822-6681 or spiggott@talbothospice.org.

Fall Volunteer Training at Talbot Hospice

Training for new Talbot Hospice Volunteers, will take place at Talbot Hospice House, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, beginning on Oct. 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 pm.  The training sessions will run twice a week for three weeks. Hospice volunteers work with patients in the Guest Wing, serve as companions in homes, play music, cook dinners, maintain the Meditation Garden, deliver supplies, grocery shop and staff the reception desk.  The amount of training needed, depends upon the job that interests the volunteer.

The comprehensive training addresses a variety of end-of-life issues, including; spirituality, bereavement, listening skills, the dying process, hands-on patient care and advance directives.  The rewards for being a hospice volunteer are immeasurable. For more information, please call Susan Piggott, Volunteer Coordinator at 410-822-6681.  It is necessary to register in advance in order to take the course.

Two New Groups Forming At Talbot Hospice

Looking Ahead, Grief Support Group to meet at Talbot Hospice
Looking Ahead, a six-week educational support group, for adults of all ages who have experienced the death of a loved one, will begin on Oct 27, 2010 at Talbot Hospice Foundation. Under the guidance of Talbot Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, Norma Trax, LCSW-C, the group will meet every Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:00pm.

The six-week class is for anyone in the community who has lost a loved one recently, or in the past.  Particular attention will focus on understanding and moving forward from the experiences that accompany loss.  Thoughtful suggestions with regard to the upcoming holidays, grief and celebrations will be discussed.  There is no charge to attend.  To register or for information, please call 410-822-6681.

Suicide Support Group begins New Program
A collaborative effort between Talbot Hospice and the Mental Health Association

Those who experience the death of a loved one by suicide often find the path through shock and grief to be very painful, confusing, and lonely.  Survivors often struggle with shame and guilt and may not know anyone who has been through this experience.  Friends and family, who are suffering themselves, often are not able to give the needed comfort and understanding.  Coping with the death of a loved one by suicide is one of the most agonizing experiences that one may encounter in life.

A collaborative effort of Talbot Hospice Foundation and the Mental Health Association in Talbot County, the Suicide Survivors Support Group provides the opportunity for participants to share and hear from others who have had similar experiences.  Group members will find a supportive atmosphere of validation and acceptance where confidentiality is highly valued.

The support group will begin on Sept 27, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, at Talbot Hospice House.  The group will meet for six sessions, once each week.

Call Norma Trax, Bereavement Coordinator at Talbot Hospice Foundation, 410-822-6681 to register.  Call Tina Mills, Executive Director, Mental Health Association 410-822-0444 for information.

Festival of Trees to Celebrate 25 Years!

A Celebration-Remembering Twenty Five Years is the theme for the 2010 Festival of Trees, recently announced by Chairmen, Mary Lou Macdonald and Claudia Knox. Stay tuned for a very special commemorative event!  Midge Menzies and Leslie Ware, Talbot Hospice volunteers who founded the Festival of Trees in 1985 will serve as Honorary Chairpersons.

Friday, November 26th kicks off with a Preview Party at the Tidewater Inn and the festivities will continue throughout the weekend with the spectacular Decorated Trees, Homes Tour, Daddy Daughter Dance, Mother Son Dance, Holiday Bingo, Fun Run Walk and Candy Cane Lane, along with holiday shopping in the Elf’s Shop.

Additional events are planned prior to the festival starting with a Christmas in July Kick Off with a ribbon cutting celebration at Lanham Hall Designs followed by dinner at Martini’s Restaurant on July 27th.  Both businesses will donate 20% of the sales to THF. Other events include a Fashion Show on Oct. 29, Santa’s Got A Brand New Bag Dinner on Nov. 5 and the Crab Claw Restaurant benefit on Nov. 16. Westphal Jewelers will donate a beautiful piece of jewelry for a raffle.

Individuals, businesses and community organizations are encouraged to participate in the Festival by sponsoring a Christmas tree.  Sponsors may decorate their own tree or be assisted by the creative FOT volunteers. Trees are available from 4 to 10 feet in size, with prices ranging from $500 to $1,200.  Decorated Table and Mantle Sponsors are $300.  For more information on sponsorship please call Midge Menzies at 410-822-6663 or Jean Beatty at 410-822-2207.

Stay tuned for more information and mark your calendar for A Celebration-Remembering Twenty-Five Years!

‘Looking Ahead’: An Educational Support Group at Talbot Hospice

‘Looking Ahead’ an educational support group addressing the sorrows and heartaches that accompany a death and how to gather the strength to move forward will begin in May at Talbot Hospice.   The six week class will address  a variety of  topics including;  the stages of grief, typical grief reactions, how to handle holidays, coping with stress, anger, guilt and sadness and the changes in roles and relationships resulting from loss.

Through sharing stories, thoughts and feelings, we learn that we are not alone, that others are in a similar situation with similar reactions and that we feel better by reaching out to one another. Norma Trax, LCSW-C, Talbot Hospice Bereavement Coordinator will lead the group.

There is no requirement for your loved one to have been a hospice patient and there is no charge for the six-week support group.  Meetings will be on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the quiet bereavement room located upstairs in Talbot Hospice House. Dates: May 5, 12, 19 and June 2, 9 and 16.  Please call 410-822-6681 to register.