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New Virtual Program for Teens Experiencing Issues Due to Loss

March 19, 2021

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Kristin Mostowski, Director of Public Relations | Community Hospice | [email protected] | 209.578.6301
 
Community Hospice Offers New Virtual Quaran-Teen Challenge Program
 
MODESTO, CA (March 19, 2021) –Community Hospice Grief Support Services Department is pleased to introduce Quaran-Teen Challenge a new virtual program for teens, ages 13-17, who are experiencing issues due to loss.
 
During this time of tremendous uncertainty due to the COVID-19 public health emergency crisis, many have mourned with teens and other kids who have missed out on milestones and events. Parents and friends have shown creativity and adapted to make the best of these trying times by offering drive-by graduations and online celebrations. In some spaces however, you can find voices diminishing those grieving losses of events, hopes, or plans as unimportant or insignificant because someone did not die. Whether it is a stranger commenting on an online news story or a beloved grandparent, those kinds of comments can sting.
 
“For many kids, specifically teens, this type of message suggests that their feelings and emotions are invalid and should not be expressed, which is opposite of what should be happening. Instead, we should be listening and offering reassurance and acceptance of our young people. In place of the push to get things back to “normal” while the pandemic continues, it is important to take the time to validate their emotions,” shared Karina Castillo, LCSW, Community Hospice Children’s Grief Program Manager. “We all crave normalcy but with nothing normal, it’s hard for everyone, especially kids, to cope.”
 
Being an adolescent during normal times can be trying enough for many teens. Not only are teens adjusting to the normal physical changes of puberty, high school social pressures, and growing homework loads, they now are faced with additional stress presented by the public health emergency crisis, civil distress and the political strife that surrounds us all. As a result, teens may be feeling more stressed out, overwhelmed, anxious, angry or even depressed from the losses they have endured. If you or a teen you know needs support, Quaran-Teen Challenge is your safe place to hang out and get help.
 
Quaran-Teen Challenge, facilitated by trained grief support staff, is an eight-week virtual support group hosted on Zoom. Participants will be offered education, insights and coping skills to emerge stronger and more resilient. While there is no fee to participate, registration is required to join the Quaran-Teen Challenge group. The next group begins March 25, 2021 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information or to register call 209.578.6318.  
 
About Community Hospice
Community Hospice is the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors, embracing individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all. Care extends to more than 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information, call 209.578.6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.

Community Hospice Receives Partner Level Four from We Honor Veterans

September 16, 2020

For Immediate Release
Contacts: Kristin Mostowski, Director of Public Relations | Community Hospice | [email protected] | 209.578.6301

Community Hospice Receives Partner Level Four from We Honor Veterans 

MODESTO, CA (September 15, 2020) – Community Hospice is proud to announce they have been named a We Honor Veterans Level Four Program Provider. This distinguished honor certifies Community Hospice recognizes the unique needs of America’s Veterans, their families and community providers.

As veterans often carry traumatic experiences from their time in service, many present an array of challenges as they face their end-of-life journey. Community Hospice is dedicated to providing resources and guiding Veterans through their life stories, providing individualized care to ensure a more peaceful ending.  They also work to recruit veteran volunteers to come alongside their veteran patients as these volunteers have the unique ability to relate more closely with their shared experiences in the military. If you or a veteran you know would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Community Hospice you can reach out to Director of Bereavement Services, Lupe Perez who can be reached at 209.578.6300.

“Community Hospice is committed to improving quality of life and end-of-life care for our local Veterans,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President/CEO. “Our team of experienced professionals have been specially educated and trained to assist Veterans and their families. It is an honor to walk alongside our brave heroes providing support and resources. We feel privileged to partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Veterans Administration.”

We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and Veterans Administration. The program is designed to empower hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of dying Veterans. The program teaches respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgement – to comfort patients with a history of military service and possibly physical or psychological trauma. For more information about the We Honor Veterans program, visit wehonorveterans.org.     

About Community Hospice
Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice’s mission is to embrace individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all. Care extends to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and at the sixteen-bed Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information please call 209.578.6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.
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June 8, 2020