Originally, a hospice was a place of shelter and rest for weary and sick travelers. Today, it's associated with a philosophy of providing compassionate care for people in the last stages of life. Here at Good Samaritan Hospice, our hope is that at some deep level we can offer comfort and dignity to both the patient and caregiver and help during their time of need.
Because most patients prefer to be at home, Good Samaritan hospice offers supportive care through home visits. But we also provide services to patients in nursing homes or hospice facilities as needed. Our purpose is to assist patients in managing pain and symptoms so they can make the most of their time, surrounded by close family and friends in a comforting environment.
Typically, an interdisciplinary healthcare team of doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, home health aides, clergy, therapists, and trained volunteers care for you, offering support based on their particular areas of expertise. Together, they provide comprehensive care aimed at relieving symptoms and giving social, emotional, and spiritual support.
Bereavement Services for Adults
Stepping Stones is a Good Samaritan Hospice series of events and small groups for adults in the midst of life's changes, losses and transitions. The program is holistic in nature, with a focus on education, encouragement, healing, hope and renewal.
Stepping Stones includes:
Journey of Hope
Support group for adults who are grieving and mourning due to the death of a loved one. This group meets Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Hospice House and Garden Room, 601 S. Ninth Street, Vincennes, IN.
Individuals or families may schedule a session for grief support by calling the Hospice office at (812) 885-8035.
Light Up A Life
Our annual holiday fund raising program of remembrance and dinner was held Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Please call (812) 885-8035 for more information. The 2014 Light Up a Life date is to be announced.
Children Bereavement Program
Heart Song offers a variety of services and resources to help grieving children ages 5-12 and the adults who care for them. Our program is designed to bring awareness that grief is a family process and that a loss impacts the entire family system. Each session is led by professional grief facilitators and trained volunteers. The centerpiece of our program is a monthly support group series for children and their parents who have experienced loss from death of a significant loved one. Our thoughtfully designed curriculum addresses grief, loss and hope by combining outlets to talk about the loss and hands-on activities, music grief videos, puppet role playing and games. Heart Song meets at Public Libraries at no cost. For more information and to register call Good Samaritan Hospice at 812-885-8035.
Summer Grief Camps
Good Samaritan Hospice is offering three grief camps for children, youth and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one. The free camps are a community outreach program to educate, empower and equip children, youth and teens with healthy grief and coping skills. The goal of our camps is to provide a safe and inviting atmosphere for social interaction, grief educational activities and fun. The camps will be facilitated by Good Samaritan Hospice bereavement staff, a trained youth and teen bereavement volunteer team and YMCA lifeguards.
Click here for brochure with dates times, and more information. Click here for camp application.
Volunteering in Hospice is a gift of unselfish giving to people in need and volunteers can make a difference for those people.
Volunteer options may include:
• Provide respite and support for family and caregivers.
• Office work, such as filing and answering telephones.
• Assist in our bereavement program's many events, such as grief camps and weekly/monthly meetings for adults and children.
If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with Hospice, contact Good Samaritan Hospice at 812-885-8035 or 800-604-9203.
Please call 812-885-8035 for more information.
Good Samaritan Hospice, 601 S. Ninth St., Vincennes, IN 47591