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Labor of Love
Many people don’t realize that when a person dies after receiving hospice care, their caregivers and loved ones are eligible to receive 13 months of bereavement services from the hospice after their loved one dies. The support that is provided comes in many forms including phone calls, personal visits, scheduled mailings and grief support groups. Many support groups are open to the broader community as well, whether those attending have a connection to hospice or not.
In 2012, the Hospice & Palliative CareCenter in North Carolina teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to provide a way for those grieving the loss of a loved one to use their grief to build a home and ultimately hope, for a family in need. A group of approximately 35 people receiving bereavement services from the Hospice Palliative CareCenter volunteered. While painting walls and landscaping yards, participants were able to meet and share stories with others who have experienced the death of a loved one.
According to Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, “Sometimes grief is expressed by physically pounding nails into a piece of wood or by drowning out the chatter of the world by the sound of a circular saw. Sometimes grief is lessened by meeting and working alongside others who are also enduring the pain and devastation of losing a loved one. Sometimes grief is managed by challenging oneself to learn new skills in order to help restore confidence that is often affected by losing a loved one. Sometimes grief is lessened by experiencing a spiritual deepening and peace that results from doing good in this world…just for the sake of it.”
The unique partnership between Hospice & Palliative CareCenter and Habitat for Humanity has provided a meaningful way to process grief and use it to create something tangible and significant. Through this labor of love, a family in need received a safe and affordable home, built by the hands of those who used their pain and sadness to make a difference.
“Habitat is all about renewing and for those who have suffered a loss and need to think about renewing their own lives, there’s nothing better than working on a habitat house” says a habitat for humanity volunteer as she reflects on the day’s progress. The synergistic relationship between Hospice & Pallitative CareCenter and Habitat for Humanity was on everybody’s mind. “This was an opportunity to do something nobody has ever done before, hospice and habitat coming together to accomplish many different goals” states an enthusiastic hospice employee - just one of the many who helped put a roof over the heads of a family in need.
This trailer is a preview of the full documentary called “The Healing Build,” produced by Stonesthrow Films. It premieres August 12th in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
To learn more about Hospice & Palliative CareCenter in North Carolina , click here
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