Hospice plans memorial service

PORTHENRY- High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care will hold its semi-annual memorial service to honor the memory of those they have served and who died in the past six months.

The service will be Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at the Port Henry Knights of Columbus. It will be followed by an informal reception.

Each person is remembered by name and loved ones are invited to light a candle in their memory. An informal reception will follow the service. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP at 546-9850 by April 29.

"A special invitation is also extended to other members of the community who have suffered a loss," said Cheryl Olson, hospice development coordinator. "All are warmly welcomed to attend this memorial service and time will be allowed for their remembrances also."

Hospice is designed to give supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focuses on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. The goal is to enable patients to be comfortable and free of pain, so that they live each day as fully as possible. Pain and symptom management is a primary focus.

"Hospice programs generally are home-based, but they sometimes provide services away from home - either in nursing homes or in hospitals," Olson said. "The philosophy of hospice is to provide support for the patient's emotional, social and spiritual needs as well as medical symptoms as part of treating the whole person. Family and loved ones are also cared for during this time, as well as during their bereavement. Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances."

High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care is a not-for-profit healthcare organization dedicated to providing compassionate end-of-life care to patients and their families in all of Essex and Warren Counties and portions of Franklin, St. Lawrence and Hamilton counties. Services are available to anyone with a prognosis of six months or fewer, regardless of ability to pay.

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