Canton, Ohio: The staff and volunteers at Mercy Hospice have a very important job – caring for the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients and their families. The caring and dedication does not necessarily end once the patient has reached the end of his or her journey in this life. Mercy Medical Center Hospice understands the importance of grieving and remembering loved ones. To keep the memories of loved ones alive, Mercy Hospice recently held its annual Memorial Program on November 7th at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Canton. The service, open to friends, family and caregivers who have had loved ones cared for by Mercy Hospice, included a remembrance program, refreshments and a time for fellowship.
How fitting that the Memorial Program should be held in November during National Hospice/Palliative Care Month. The term “hospice” has been in existence since medieval times, but was not applied to the “specialized care for dying patients” until 1967 by physician Dame Cicely Saunders, who founded the first modern hospice (St. Christopher’s Hospice) in a residential suburb of London. Cicely Saunders introduced the idea of specialized care for the dying to the United States in 1963 during a visit to Yale University. Since that time, hospice care has grown exponentially. Over one million terminally ill patients have received care from one of the 4,000+ hospice care providers in the Unites States, utilizing more than 550,000 volunteers.
The Mercy Hospice program is dedicated to helping patients with a life-limiting illness achieve the best quality of life possible while offering respite and comfort to their caregivers and loved ones. Serving adults and children with a terminal illness, hospice gives patients the opportunity to remain at home, or in a home-like setting, with the people and things they cherish most. For more information about Mercy Hospice, please call 330-649-4380 or visit cantonmercy.org.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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