Below are the latest news and updates from Cornerstone Hospice. Be sure to check out our events section for a calendar of our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.
Every spring, the good folks of Cornerstone Hospice turn their focus to children in Lake and Sumter Counties who have lost a loved one and may be having issues dealing with their grief.
Camp Bridges is a no cost, two-day, overnight camp for children age 6 to 11 years that provides structured activities that encourage group sharing, bonding and team building.
Children participate in arts and crafts sessions that help them share their feelings. For instance, they make collages about themselves and their loss. They also decorate “bricks” honoring their loved ones and place it on the campground “bridge” (where Camp Bridges gets its name).
From a nature walk in the morning to stories around a campfire at night with lots of fun in between—swimming pool with slides, movie night complete with popcorn—Camp Bridges provides a much needed escape for youngsters.
“We often forget how beneficial it can be to get out in the great outdoors and leave the rest of the world behind,” says head camp and grief counselor Mike Barnett. “Camp Bridges reassures kids who may have felt alone and isolated with their grief that others feel exactly the same way they do. They can talk to their teachers, their parents or even me, but it’s not the same as sharing with peers their own age. The experience is powerful for them. And it’s healing.”
On May 2 and 3, Camp Bridges will celebrate its 20th anniversary of helping young ones deal with the pain of loss. The celebration will take place at the Warren W. Willis United Methodist Youth Camp, 4990 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park, FL 34731. For more information about Camp Bridges please contact counselor Mike Barnett at: 352.742.6808.
Posted on Sun, 29 Mar 2015
Posted on Wed, 14 Jan 2015
November was National Hospice Month and Margaret Scarfia staged a celebration of her own. With help from the folks at the Serenades Assisted Living Facility in The Villages, Florida, Margaret turned 104 surrounded by family and friends. Her daughter, Rosemary Scarfia, says about 22 people attend her Nov. 28 party, many traveling from out of town. “It was a real celebration with balloons, food provided by Serenades, and drinks,” Rosemary said. “We definitely had wine. My mother likes her wine. And a cheesecake with whipped cream and strawberries.” Asked about any secrets her mother may have about living to be 104, Rosemary says, “she lives one day at a time and just enjoys life. She always has a wide circle of friends and is very happy, very social. She lived independently in St. Petersburg (Florida) until she was 100-and-a-half and drove until she was 97!” Margaret entered into the care of the team from Cornerstone Hospice in April 2013. “We wanted to make her more comfortable and the Cornerstone team that’s taking care of her has been outstanding,” Rosemary said. “They’ve answered all of my questions, been very communicative, very well informed. They’ve been very supportive of my mother and our whole family. Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care truly is a wonderful organization and we should all be thrilled that an organization like this exists.”
Posted on Wed, 3 Dec 2014
Posted on Tue, 16 Sep 2014
Robert “Bob” Longson was in high school in Newark, N.J. when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He waited almost exactly a year, until he graduated in December of 1942, to enlist in the U.S. Navy. His timing could not have been better. The Navy needed pilots and had created the Aviation Cadet Training Program to help fill their ranks. Bob was an excellent student, in prime physical condition and the Training Program was glad to have him. Over the next couple of years, Bob’s training took him all over the United States. He took courses at various colleges, attended aircraft manufacturers classrooms and the Navy’s own flight training program. He earned his wings on January 16, 1945 and received his commission as a US Naval Aviation Officer with the rank of Ensign. He immediately hitched a ride on the battleship USS Pennsylvania, bound for the spot where the war began for the U.S.—the Naval Air Station at Pearl Harbor. Once there, he began logging flight time in an observation aircraft, the Vought Kingfisher. Launched by catapult from the fantails of battleships and cruisers, the Kingfisher performed scouting missions, spotted targets and aided in sea rescues. When its mission was over, the pontoon-equipped plane would land in the water, to be hoisted back aboard its ship like a giant fish caught in a huge net. Bob’s duty station was the light cruiser, USS Vicksburg. He was released from active duty aboard the Vicksburg on December 7, 1945—four years to the day after Japan’s treacherous sneak attack.
Posted on Tue, 29 Jul 2014
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