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PALM COAST, Fla., June 3, 2014 – During the breezy afternoon of May 28, Florida Hospital HospiceCare hosted the fourth annual Blessing of the Bricks event in “Kelly’s Corner,” the memorial butterfly garden at the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House, located on the campus of Florida Hospital Flagler.
Each year at this special event, hospice friends, family members and supporters come to honor and remember hospice patients who have passed through Florida Hospital HospiceCare.
During the event, Florida Hospital Flagler Chaplain Robert Nickell offered a beautiful song while playing his guitar softly in the background. Robert Davis, Florida Hospital Flagler chief nursing officer, led the gathering litany and Pam Niland, Florida Hospital HospiceCare inpatient coordinator, led the dedication. Florida Hospital Flagler CEO Ken Mattison concluded the ceremony with a poignant prayer to honor those patients memorialized and comfort the bereaved guests. In addition, Florida Hospital HospiceCare volunteers Susan Cole and Richard Sowle shared a special memento with each family to honor and acknowledge the loss of their loved ones.
Following the ceremony, many family members and friends find their loved ones’ bricks and spend time reflecting, honoring and remembering their loved ones.
“One guest at the event shared with me that they drive from Melbourne every year just to attend this ceremony,” said Diane Trask, Florida Hospital HospiceCare community liaison.
Janine Regina, owner of Hammock Gardens Nursery, donates her time and talents to maintain the garden and the specially-chosen plants and flowers that line the brick path.
Outside of the annual ceremony, the memorial butterfly garden serves as a place where current hospice patients and family members can relax and reflect.
The eight-bed Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House opened in 2007 in Palm Coast and is the community’s most comprehensive hospice, offering acute, respite, home health and continuous care. No other hospice in Flagler County offers all four services.
About Florida Hospital HospiceCare
Florida Hospital HospiceCare, a division of Florida Hospital Flagler and a member of Adventist Health System, is the area’s only faith based, not-for-profit hospice organization accredited by The Joint Commission. Florida Hospital HospiceCare has provided “life affirming care” to the residents of Volusia and Flagler Counties facing life-limiting illnesses and injuries since 1996. With an interdisciplinary team of hospice-trained specialists, Florida Hospital HospiceCare provides services to those in need, whether the patient is in their own home or in one of the Florida Hospital HospiceCare inpatients units designed for acute care. For more information on Florida Hospital HospiceCare, call our administrative office at 386-671-2138 or 1-800-404-1133 or visit www.floridahospitalhospice.org.
On May 28, friends, family members and supporters joined Florida Hospital HospiceCare at the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House to honor and remember patients during the annual Blessing of the Bricks event in the memorial butterfly garden. During this special event, Florida Hospital Flagler Chaplain Robert Nickell offered a beautiful song.