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.

Download Roots Nov/Dec 2015

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.

Emmy Lerma Honored at 2015 Garfield County Humanitarian Awards Dinner

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Emmy Lerma one of our volunteers and Sean Jeung (hospice chaplain) at the 2015 Garfield County Humanitarian Awards dinner where Emmy was being honored for her years of service.

The Trees of Hospice

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When people come together around a shared experience such as loss, the result can be magic. These events are offered as a way for hearts to collectively gather with no purpose other than to heal through remembering.

When we remember, we reconnect. When we reconnect, we are strengthened.

In you have experienced loss in your life, please join us for one of these evenings of remembrance and give yourself the gift of this strengthening love.

Time to Remember a Loved One…

Please join us for the annual Trees of Hospice events this December.

For over 20 years, this event has given our communities a unique way to celebrate and remember the lives of friends and family. This year we will host ceremonies in five locations throughout the Roaring Fork, Eagle and Colorado River Valleys.

Those who wish to make a donation in remembrance of their loved ones will receive a handcrafted ornament as a keepsake. We will also read the name(s) of those you wish to honor at the location(s) you designate as a light the Trees of Hospice in their memory. Simply call the office to make your donation.

Please Join Us

December 2 – Viceroy Snowmass, Snowmass Village, 5:30pm
December 3 – Colorado Mountain College, Edwards, 6:00pm
December 4 – Valley View Hospital, Glenwood Springs, 5:30pm
December 8 – The Little Nell, Aspen, 5:30pm
December 11 – Grand River Hospital, Rifle, 5:30pm

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served at a reception that follows each event.


All donations go directly to Hospice of the Valley to ensure excellent and compassionate care for those in our community. Please know that by donating, you will help another family through the hospice journey.

Donations may be sent to:

Hospice of the Valley
PO Box 3768
Basalt, CO 81621

Honoring a hero

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KELLEY COX / KCOX@POSTINDEPENDENT.COM U.S. Marine veteran Clifford “Skitch” Rounsefell, left, was honored for his service to this country by members of the We Honor Veterans on Friday at the Grace Healthcare center in Glenwood Springs. We Honor Veterans is an organization connected with Hospice of the Valley. Also shown are Marie Maloney with Hospice, and U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Dick Merritt of Basalt. See Sunday’s Post Independent for related story.

Veterans Day thanks

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Richard Johnson and Sean Goodman, members of the Colorado Army National Guard, present a We Honor Veterans certificate to Glenwood Springs resident and veteran Buck Buckmaster. The honor was given as part of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley’s thanking veteran hospice patients for their service. Standing behind Buckmaster is his daughter, Connie Bunch, and to the right is Laura Guerrero, registered nurse.

Honoring a Rifle veteran

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Honoring a Rifle veteran Leigh Vogel/Contributed Photo From left, Richard Johnson and Sean Goodman of the Colorado Army National Guard present a “We Honor Veterans” certificate to Rifle resident Ray Petree, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. The honor was given as part of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley’s program to thank veteran hospice patients for their service.

5 Facts About Hospice Care

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One thing we hear most from our families is, “We wish we would have known that we could have called you sooner.”

Here are five facts about hospice care that might help you or a loved one understand the philosophy of hospice.iStock_FB_long stem sunflower

1.  Hospice is a compassionate concept of care.

2.  It’s not about giving up, it’s about surrounding you or your loved one  with the support you need to manage symptoms and pain in the comfort of your own home or any location where the patient has chosen to live.

3.  We don’t do anything to make death come earlier; we help ease the burden on the primary caregiver and focus on keeping the patient as comfortable as possible.

4.  We believe in the quality of life. Hospice is about having peace, comfort and support in the last season of life.

5.  People tend to think hospice is a last resort, but statistics show it is most effective when people call us earlier.

Our home care and hospice programs are designed to enhance the quality of life for those who are struggling with serious health issues.

We offer 24/7 home care and hospice services in an area that covers 6,600 miles in the communities throughout the Roaring Fork, Colorado, Crystal, and Eagle River valleys.

Call us at 970-930-6008 for more information on our services.