Hope Healing Hearts: Counseling
Hope offers compassionate grief counseling for adults, children, and teens. Help is available to everyone in the community at no charge, thanks to generous donations. Our grief support groups are led by Hope’s professional bereavement counselors.
Music therapy is a creative opportunity to express emotions within an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation. No musical background or experience is necessary to enjoy its many benefits, including:
- Positive changes in mood
- Relaxation, peace, and comfort
- Anxiety and stress reduction
- Social interaction with caregivers and family members
- Memory recall, reminiscence, and satisfaction with life
During art therapy, people of all ages can express themselves creatively while dealing with stress, grief, and loss. Common goals of art therapy include finding relaxation and stress relief, or it can be a tool for sharing memories and exploring coping skills. These goals may be achieved through:
- Self-Expressive Art – based on current emotions, moods, and thoughts
- Art Studio – a healing outlet for stress and life transitions
- Legacy Projects – gift-making, inter-generational art projects, memory books, or albums
VALOR Program: We Honor Veterans
Hope is a five-star partner of the NHPCO’s We Honor Veterans program. We offer personalized recognition ceremonies for our nation’s heroes, help with Veterans History Project submissions, and provide professional support for PTSD.
Donations to this important program help all veterans receive the specialized care they deserve.
Volunteer Pet Visitors
Pets have a special way of showing unconditional love and uplifting spirits. Hope’s volunteer pets are reviewed before acceptance into the program; they bring smiles and joy to everyone they meet.
Help for People with Pets
During a serious illness, the physical and financial responsibilities of pet care can be challenging. Fortunately, Hope offers support to keep hospice patients and their beloved pets together. We provide pet supplies, veterinary care, and help with adoptions thanks to community donations and grants.
Important Tools for Planning Ahead
“Completing your advance directives is much more than simply getting your records in order. This is one of the greatest gifts that you can give your family. Dying is inevitable, but leaving your family with difficult, heartbreaking decisions is not. Planning ahead will save them from a heavy burden and will give them peace of mind when they need it most.”
The Conversation Project
Discover The Conversation Project, a website with resources dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. All too often, families struggle with guilt or uncertainty after a loved one’s passing. The Conversation Project will help bring about transformational changes, as our culture shifts from the avoidance of difficult conversations, to embracing honest and open talks about the things that are most important to us.
With the help of The Conversation Project, you can share your preferences for how you want to live – to communicate the kind of care you want and don’t want in difficult circumstances. Ensure that your own wishes – or those of your friends, family, or loved ones, are discussed and documented. If you’re ready to get started, download Your Conversation Starter Kit.
Five Wishes: Advance Directives
Hope provides complimentary tools for people to talk comfortably about their end-of-life wishes with family, friends, and healthcare providers. Five Wishes is a simple booklet that documents your instructions for your future medical care in the event you become unable to speak for yourself. There are several components, including a health care power of attorney, a living will, and a declaration of an anatomical gift.
Please note we only send copies of Five Wishes within our service area. To have a copy mailed to your Southwest Florida address, please call 239-482-4673.