Planting Seeds of Memories: Hike for Hospice House 2022
“Losing someone is hard, but having opportunities to celebrate their life, reflect on incredible memories you have, and continue to bring their name forward is healing,” Brandon Randall, Executive Director of the Hospice House of Williamsburg says. “It’s a powerful thing.”
The Hike for Hospice House offers attendees the opportunity to do just that. Since 2013, Hospice House of Williamsburg has raised over $600,000 through its annual Hike for Hospice House. The 9th annual iteration, presented by Branscome, Inc., Anderson Financial Advisory Group of Davenport & Company, LLC, and Colonial Williamsburg, is set to take place on the morning of Saturday, May 28th, returning in-person for the first time in two years.
This year’s hike is in a new location on the Lawn at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Participants will embark on a scenic one-mile loop through the historic area, led by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, returning to the lawn for music, games, activities, and a memorial program led by Hospice House’s Chaplaincy Director, Rev. Reese Washington, Jr. The event will also feature a special remembrance of our country’s servicemen and women.
The Hike serves as an opportunity to gather, memorialize, and celebrate the lives of loved ones while supporting a vital resource for our community.
A Rare Gem in Our Community
At Hospice House, no one ever receives a bill for their services. As a 501c3 nonprofit, all services are provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of the community. Funding raised through events like Hike for Hospice House ensures that all services to guests and their loved ones are cost-free and that Hospice House can remain an accessible resource to serve the Williamsburg community and beyond.
A social model hospice, the mission of Hospice House is to give care, comfort, and compassion through and beyond end of life. As end of life becomes overwhelming for caregivers and loved ones, Hospice House allows loved ones to return to the roles they’re supposed to have – as spouse, child, sibling, friend, or family rather than caregiver.
Additionally, Hospice House offers bereavement and grief support to all – whether you’ve had a loved one as a guest of ours or not.
“We’re one of around 50 social model hospices in the country, and it’s truly a blessing to have a resource like this in our community,” shares Randall. “It’s not something that most people will have the opportunity to take advantage of.”
In 2022, Hospice House has already served 40 guests during their end of life care and supported countless loved ones and community members through their grief.
An Opportunity for Your Support
The Hike for Hospice House is a chance to memorialize the lives of loved ones and join together in community to gather, connect, and reflect. Attendees can walk in honor of a loved one and opt to have their loved one’s name read aloud during the memorial program. In addition, it’s an opportunity for the entire family to come together to support this worthy cause and keep all services cost-free.
“I hope people leave the event feeling like they’re contributing to something that is truly unique and special in this community, because we can’t do the work we do without the community rallying around us,” says Randall. “To actually have an event where you literally see the community come together for Hospice House is something people should feel good about…we feel grateful.”
For more information and to sign up for the event, visit www.hikeforhospicehouse.org. The event will take place on Saturday, May 28th from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Lawn at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.
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For more information about Hospice House of Williamsburg, visit www.williamsburghospice.org.
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