The time to find out about hospice care is before there’s a need for it, said Becky LaSalle, Home Hospice of Cooke County Communications and Development Coordinator.

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties is celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in November.

A slate of upcoming events will help residents find out how hospice care can make things better for individuals facing life-limiting illnesses.

The organization has planned an open house for 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., November 1 at the Home Hospice of Cooke County office at 316 S. Chestnut Street, in Gainesville.

“Our open house is to allow residents to see our facility, meet our staff and get comfortable with us,” LaSalle said. “If you’ve never had to deal with hospice, the word is terrifying, to the world it means it’s over. But first and foremost, hospice means hope. We are offering patients the chance to live the rest of their life the way they want to.”

Hospice services include pain control, medical equipment, spiritual counseling, bereavement support and services for both hospice clients and their families.

The open house includes refreshments, LaSalle said in a news release.

The event is also “a time of fellowship and remembrance,” executive director Tina Garner said.

The organization will host its annual Light Up a Life Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. November 17 at First United Methodist Church in Gainesville.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony is a time to honor and remember loved ones, especially those who are on hospice care or who have passed away. 

The event is also a fundraiser to help the agency fund care for those who cannot afford it. Residents may purchase doves in their loved one’s name to place on the hospice Christmas tree. The doves are available at www.homehospice.org and clicking on the Light Up A Life link.

Cooke County Commissioners Court, and the city of Gainesville are scheduled to issue proclamations recognizing Hospice and Palliative Care Month and the contributions that Home Hospice makes to those in the community, LaSalle said.

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