May/June Issue of Roots

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The May/June 2016 issue of Roots is out. You can download an electronic copy here.

Roots – May June 2016

HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley Receives Generous Daniels Fund Grant

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HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley announced today they have received a $100,000 Daniels Fund grant to support the Palliative Care for Colorado’s Western Slope.

The mission of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley is to provide compassionate and dignified palliative and end of life care to patients and their families.

“The Daniels Fund is a wonderful philanthropic organization and we greatly appreciate their support and their very generous grant,” stated Markey Butler, HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley Executive Director.

“We provide three core areas of service to patients and their families who reside in any of the local communities in the Roaring Fork, Crystal and Eagle River Valleys,” added Butler. “The Daniels Fund grant will enhance our Home Health Services, our Private Pay Services and our Hospice care for individuals diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.”

In addition to caring for our patients, our mission is to support families and their loved ones with peace, comfort, and dignity.

The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. Visit to learn more.

HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. For more information call (970) 930-6008 or visit

Volunteer Training Rifle

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Grief Support Groups

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Conversations before the Crisis: Intersection of Family, Faith, & Policy in Advance Care Planning – Eagle Public Library Monday, Jan. 11th at 6 p.m.

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This free presentation to the public is offered by staff at Home Care & Hospice of the Valley.
They will present a review and conversation about advanced directives, as well as end of life wishes and planning.

Andrea Grohmann, MSW, will educate the class about what Advance Directives are.
Gail Britt, Chaplain, will be presenting the 5 Wishes form.
Alison Bloom, LSW, will discuss how to go about having the difficult discussion.
Kristen Finneran, LPC, will touch base on bereavement.

Introduction to Roots

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HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley (HCHOTV) is proud to announce the arrival of Roots, the bi-monthly grief and bereavement newsletter.

Grief is one of the hardest things we experience as humans. Many metaphors are used in the description of loss. Grief is like a tidal wave crashing over our heads. At times the wave can suffocate us, taking our breath away; but at other moments the waves gently lap at our feet.

A root metaphor is an image, narrative or fact that shapes an individual’s perception of the world and understanding of reality. Much like a root metaphor, the process of bereavement, grief and mourning is the attempt to accept our new reality. Many times after a death our sense of what is right and what is wrong in the world is shattered. Bereavement represents the state of loss as a fact that someone we love has died.

Our grief is the internal response we experience physically, affectively, cognitively, behaviorally and spiritually. Our grief is how we react to the fact that someone has died. When we mourn we outwardly or publicly express loss through ritual and cultural practices. Many times we process grief and bereavement through sharing our stories.

Our hope is that Roots will offer helpful articles and suggestions in your time of loss. We grieve so heavily because we loved so much. Even in the most complicated relationships, we grieve. May this newsletter offer some guidance and support to you and your loved ones.

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2015 Trees of Hospice

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  • December 2 – The Little Nell – Aspen – 5:30 p.m.
  • December 3 – Colorado Mountain College – Edwards – 5:30 p.m.
  • December 8 – The Viceroy – Snowmass Village – 5:30 p.m.
  • December 9 – Valley View Hospital – Glenwood Springs – 5:30 p.m.
  • December 10 – Grand River Health District – Rifle – 5:30 p.m.

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Holiday Bereavement Workshops

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Hospice Chaplain to Speak at Aspen Center for Social Values

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Sean JeungWe are excited to announce that, on July 20, 2015, the Aspen Center for Social Values (ACSV) will host a free panel discussion featuring our own chaplain, Sean Jeung, in a discussion of the determination of death, end of life care and the right to die.  Other panelists will include Dr. Teodora Forcht Dagi, a neurosurgeon and medical ethicist at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard University, Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, bioethicist at NASA, and Rabbi David Shabtai, MD.

This free public program will take place on July 20, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 435 West Main Street, Aspen, Colorado.