Author Archive

Grief support group for parent loss Solace House

No right way to grieve

by Susan Wurtenberger, MS, LMSW, Grief Support Specialist There is no right or wrong way to grieve. There are no acceptable or unacceptable emotions. There is no timeline for adjusting. There is no prescribed way to cope. Am I doing...

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Jacque Amweg

Sprinkle Day

by Jacque Amweg, LSCSW, LCSW, CT, Clinical Social Worker, EMDR Therapist Sprinkle Day. Did you ever think it would feel so good to simply drive through town or sit ten feet from a loved one in the driveway? Could you...

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hospice care

Fall is a season for reflection

by David S. Wiley, President & CEO, Kansas City Hospice Fall is a season for reflection. I love this time of year because of the change in the weather and the beauty of the Fall colors that will appear in...

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A benefit for Kansas City Hospice

Celebrating our 40th Anniversary

This year is our 40th anniversary of caring for the families of Kansas City. On November 3, 1980, Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care was founded to bring expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and hope to people who are...

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grief and loss

Telehealth grief support is easier than you think!

By Melissa Waugh, MS, Grief Support Specialist Did you ever imagine meeting with a Grief Support Specialist via telehealth? Probably not before the current pandemic, especially if you are not comfortable with technology. Perhaps your loved one handled all of...

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Hannah’s Story – a teen in hospice

Balancing emotions and finding expressive outlets can be especially difficult during cancer treatment. Seventeen-year-old Hannah Viens is acutely aware of this challenge. “I struggle with emotions, sometimes they can go from one to the next really quickly,” she shares. “My...

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Pen Pal Program matches volunteers with people in hospice

by Mary Alice Weimer, Kansas City Hospice Volunteer A new Pen Pal Program lets volunteers continue working with hospice patients in a time of social distancing, nursing home lock-downs, and quarantines. As a volunteer for the past 7 years with...

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Grief Programs for the Kansas City Community

Grief Programs for the greater Kansas City community — services offered at modest or no cost Solace House A Community Center for Grief and Healing, designed to be a nurturing place to guide children and adults through the difficult time...

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The Lady in the Blue Car

Update Jul6 6, 2020 — Top Drawer is now Story Boutique! We hope you enjoy this STORY about one of our wonderful donors. Originally published May 30, 2018. For the past eight years, a lady in a blue car has...

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Volunteering in a time of COVID-19

Volunteers Tackle COVID-19 during National Volunteer Week

by Melissa Basgall, Volunteer Manager at Kansas City Hospice April 19th-25th is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is fortunate to have a passionate, dedicated team of volunteers. COVID-19 is a challenge that they have met...

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