Seeking volunteers to help hospice patients’ pets

Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care provides compassionate care for patients on the end-of-life journey. Increasingly, that care means giving people peace of mind when it comes to decisions about their pets. Since 2014, the nonprofit’s Pet Peace of Mind program has taken stress away from patients worried about who will care for their furry companions. In many cases, volunteers … [Read more...]

They’re not ‘just pets.’ They’re family.

A woman sits inside a modest chapel in Zephyrhills, and her voice is shaking. She's describing the loss of a loved one, and the guilt she feels about that loss. A chaplain and a therapist sit with her and listen, then try to comfort her by sharing their own perspectives. Her grief is natural, they say, and a normal part of life. Beginning that afternoon, she takes important steps on her … [Read more...]