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2021 St. Pat’s Shamrock Auction
March 7 – March 17
This year, due to the lingering pandemic, we are hosting an online auction in lieu of our in-person breakfasts. We hope you will join us!
Processing Loss
On July 16, 2019, Tyler Cummings, died in the Center for Comfort Care & Healing from a rare degenerative disease at age 17. To help cope with her older brother’s loss, Casey Cummings, began writing about Tyler, her hero and best friend. Here, Casey shares four vignettes and explains how journaling helped her begin to work through her grief.
Remembering Sarah
The film Grace + Gratitude documents the end-of-life journey of Sarah Livesey, who died at age 46 in the Center for Comfort Care & Healing. Two years after her death, Sarah’s light, boundless love, and beautiful way of being are still very much alive.
A Journey of a Loving Marriage
Pat Martinsen loved life—and colorful zinnias, a flower that symbolizes endurance, friendship and remembrance. Her beloved husband, Bob, remembers her here.
Grief Support in the Time of Covid
When facing loss and the grieving process, feeling a sense of community is essential. Being grounded and cared for by those around us can make the profoundly complicated, painful time a bit easier. The people who surround us can help us to continue living, to maintain our health, and to find hope.
Color Fest 5K Youth Run!
Get splashed with a rainbow of color for a deeply meaningful cause! On Sunday May 23, local students on behalf of the Regional Hospice Youth Program (RHYP) will participate in a color run at Tarrywile Park & Mansion. This fun and lively event will benefit the forthcoming North Star pavilion, the only dedicated children’s residential hospice in the Northeast and one of only five in the country. Please support our local youth community in their commitment to helping babies, children and teens with terminal illness!
Wish Upon the North Star Virtual Event
On December 3, 2020, Regional Hospice launched its first virtual event, Wish Upon the North Star. Hamilton star Miguel Cervantes and his wife, national health advocate and activist, Kelly Cervantes, hosted the fundraiser for Regional Hospice’s North Star, the only residential hospice space in the Northeast (and one of only five in the country) dedicated to end-of-life care for babies and children.
Robert Bedoukian Joins the Non-profit Organization’s Volunteer Board of Directors
This month, Regional Hospice welcomes Robert Bedoukian of Danbury, Connecticut to the organization’s volunteer Board of Directors. As President of Bedoukian Research, Inc, an international supplier of fragrance and flavor ingredients, Bedoukian is a skilled leader and dedicated chemist.
Lisa Esneault Joins the Non-profit Organization’s Volunteer Board of Directors
As Vice President of Communications and President of Global Giving at Linde, Lisa Esneault has more than 25 years of experience in driving organization change and business results through development and execution of strategic communication.
Regional Hospice Appoints John Capilli to the Board of Directors
John Capilli began a relationship with Regional Hospice when his wife of 23 years, Patti Collins Capilli, became a patient at the Center for Comfort Care & Healing in Danbury.
The RH Mask Donation Program: the Kindness and Creativity of our Volunteers and Supporters
Volunteers Judy Rickert and Yan Hurlbut have helped spread the call for handmade face masks to help protect the RH community—and have helped us collect hundreds upon hundreds of masks in our fight against Covid-19.
Meet the Regional Hospice Development Team!
Our dynamic development group has had to pivot due to Covid-19, moving from in-person events to virtual fundraisers. While we are hard at work, we wanted to introduce you to the RH Development Team!
A Surprise Symbol of Hope
Recently, we lost a patient who had been on our services for almost a full year. Michele had been back and forth, living in the community and in our Center for Comfort Care & Healing during her eleven months with us.
Running Full Circle: The Philadelphia Marathon became a surprising part of Josephine Simko’s grief process
Regional Hospice has come into Josephine Simkos' life at the most unexpected times allowing her to give back to her community with her passion for running and to grieve the passing of her son.
Volunteer Spotlight: Dan & Lindie Bacon
If you’ve walked through the front doors of RH, you might have seen Dan and Lindie Bacon behind the lobby desk. For the past six years, the two have been volunteering their time to make patients and families feel warmly welcomed as soon as they arrive.
Danbury/Bethel Giving Circle Breakfast 2020
Due to the pandemic, we were so sorry to have cancelled our 5/5/20 Danbury/Bethel Giving Circle Breakfast. We are hopeful for future in-person events!
Brookfield Shamrock Breakfast
We hosted our first virtual St. Pat’s fundraiser—with no people or pancakes! Thank you to all who supported our efforts!
Volunteer Spotlight: Ellen Raspitha
Ellen Raspitha has been a volunteer at Regional Hospice for over 22 years. For the last four years, she has volunteered over 300 annual hours and earned a “Silver Level” President’s Volunteer Service Award.