National Hospice Month

National Hospice Month


November is National Hospice Month. You may think that has little to do with cremation– that the need for hospice has already passed when aCremation’s services are needed. In fact, the opposite is true.

At aCremation, much of our time and energy goes toward tending to families’ needs following a death. However, one of the most rewarding parts of our job is working with medical professionals and hospice in helping families make final arrangements for a loved one. In cases where death is likely in the near future, families that have accepted the circumstances and have planned ahead often are better able to cope with their loss.

We want to recognize the hospice and palliative care professionals who give far more than medical care. The difference they make for patients and families is truly inspiring.

In a recent news release from the National Hospice Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), president and CEO J. Donald Schumacher said, “Not only is it important for each of us to clearly make our wishes known but it is one of the most important gifts we can give to our families and loved ones. During the holiday season, families are often gathered together and that’s the best time to have these caring conversations with one another.”

The NHPCO says earlier access to hospice care can reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations; additionally, quality of life for patients and family caregivers can be greatly improved.

aCremation works with hospices on a daily basis. One of the many, many services hospice organizations provide is the willingness to help families who are struggling with making the first call to make cremation arrangements. We frequently have wonderful social workers and chaplains literally dial our number for a family to help them take this important step in preparing for a loved one’s death.

We at aCremation understand how difficult making plans can be and we will assist you in gathering the needed information. At the appropriate time, we will take your loved one into our care. I encourage you to use the resources in our online Memorial Planning Guide. Or you can call us anytime, toll-free, at 1-877-353-3626.

Mary Beth Barnett

Mary Beth Barnett is a licensed Funeral Director in Texas. Her involvement with aCremation began before our doors opened – researching how we could provide affordable cremations and still keep quality and service standards high. Through this process, she developed a passion for working with families who are going through one of the most stressful phases of life – planning for death.

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