November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time when hospices across the country focus special attention on educating their communities about End-of-Life Care.
To mark this annual celebration, The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in Washington, DC started the tradition of creating a “National Hospice Quilt” 12 years ago.
Why a Quilt?
Historically, quilting was a time for communities to share creativity, stories and memories. Quilts were made for special occasions like celebrating the arrival of a newborn, or to memorialize the life of a loved one. They provide warmth and comfort, but also represent love, care and compassion- the very essence of Hospice.
In each Hospice quilt, there is a lotus flower, which is part of the National Hospice emblem.
It represents the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of end-of-life care. These are the four components that make Hospice care unique from any other kind of care.
The last quilt design was sewn by our Hospice Volunteer, Mrs. Naomi Finlay, and depicts “The Season of Caring- the Caring of Hospice.” This handmade quilt was made in honor of our patients, and hangs in the lobby of our Xenia office as a constant reminder of our seasons of caring.