The Still Remembered Project

The Still Remembered Project provides bereaved parents and families Christian-based support and encouragement for a loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death. Our efforts offer hope and healing throughout all stages of the grief journey.  If you’d like more information on The Still Remembered Project, visit www.stillremembered.org 

What You Need to Know About Death Certificates in Pittsburgh

After a loved one dies, there are a million things to do. One of these essential tasks that must be included on the list is completion of the death certificate.  This legal document is issued by the state in which a death has occurred.  Certified death certificates are often needed by family members when probating the estate, closing accounts and liquidating property of the deceased.  Preplanning a funeral through Beinhauer will help make this process easier for your family.  At the time of death, we will help by completing the death certificate and submitting it to the appropriate state agents.  The following is a brief overview of the death certificate process. Continue reading

2017 Peters Township Community Day

Beinhauer booth at 2017 Peters Township Community Day.

 

The Beinhauers want to thank the community for participating in the Peters Township Community Day and supporting our Dunk Tank Fundraiser!

Thanks to your enthusiastic participation, a hefty donation was raised, all of which will be passed along to this year’s beneficiary,The City Mission in Washington!

The City Mission broke ground in May for a new, 22-bed shelter for homeless veterans, The Patriot House.

The shelter, food, clothing, and medical care that the veterans welcomed at The Patriot House receive, will be supplemented by job training, counseling, and spiritual care.

So, every ball thrown, and every dollar raised, on Community Day, will make a difference in the life of a veteran. The Beinhauers say “thank you, Peters Township”, for coming together to make that difference!

Caregiver Excellence Award – May 2017

May Caregiver Excellence Award Winner, Chuck Hier, and Beinhauer Director of Community Outreach, Katie Brandt.
 
The BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for Maywas presented on June 27 to
Chuck Hier, volunteer at Interim Hospice.
 
Congratulations, Chuck!
 
Chuck Hier is a history professor whose love of preserving and sharing memories led him to create a Memoir Program, which was added last year to the volunteer services that Interim Hospice offers. Often families wish they had written down old stories of days and events gone by… Chuck does exactly that for them. He gives each storyteller a caring and safe environment to communicate special memories, and he then turns his notes into a Memoir Booklet. After approval from the storyteller, the booklet is then printed for that patient and for his or her family, or for anyone else the patient wishes to share his Memoirs with. This program has been a big hit! Chuck’s thoughtful and caring manner, and his ear for detail, make him an ideal listener, historian, and caregiver.
 
The Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award, newly awarded each month, consists of a $50 Visa gift card and a certificate, along with an entry into the drawing for theCaregiver Excellence Award of the Year.
All area hospices, as well as the families they serve, are encouraged to nominate an excellent caregiver for this month’s award
It’s quick and easy to fill out a nomination form, and it’s free!
For a nomination form or for more information, please go tohttp://www.beinhauer.com/caregiver-excellence-award/ , or email Katie Brandt atkdb@beinhauercares.com.
 

How to Help Your Senior Loved One Relocate After Losing Their Spouse

Photo courtesy of Unsplash by Fabrizio Verrecchia.

 

Relocating has many benefits for seniors. To avoid loneliness, some seniors may want to move closer to their family and loved ones. Others are simply seeking a refreshing change of atmosphere and pace. Meanwhile, there are others who are looking to retire to a home that is smaller and easier to maintain.

There can also be more heartbreaking reasons for relocation in our Golden Years. These are the reasons we hesitate to discuss as much, such as the death of a spouse. Although we don’t like to think about this situation very often, death is inevitable for all of us. Research has shown that it is possible to die of a broken heart, and moving into a new home after the death of a spouse may help seniors with working through their grief so they can live longer, happier lives.

Helping a Loved One Cope

If you are reading this right now, please know that I am so sorry for your loss. As you already know, it is always difficult watching helplessly while our loved ones suffer. You cannot bring back your loved one’s spouse, nor can you take away the pain each of you  is currently feeling.

 

So what can you do? Here are some ideas for how to help your senior loved one:

 

Selling a Home

If you are assisting your senior loved one with selling his or her home, it is important to realize that this will be an undoubtedly emotional process for everyone involved. To make things easier on both yourself and your senior loved one, experts recommend starting with a clear plan of action.

You should knock out the easiest parts of the move as early in the process as you can. For instance, get rid of damaged or unused items first, before deciding what to do with bigger items that have more of a significant meaning to your loved one.

You may also want to assist your senior loved one with the home buying and selling process. This helps him or her from becoming the victim of con artists, crooks, and others who are often known for preying upon surviving spouses.

 

Buying a New Home
For a variety of reasons, our senior loved ones may need to consider moving into a smaller and/or more accessible home. For some, this may mean moving into a senior living community or a retirement home. For others, this could mean assisted living, or moving in with a caregiver such as a beloved relative.

When choosing to assist your loved one with relocating to a new home, it is important to consider what type of home environment might be best. Is your loved one able to continue living independently, or does he or she require a caregiver? Does he or she want to live alone or with others? Is purchasing a new home an option, or would your loved one prefer a retirement home or assisted living? Some seniors might even decide that living with a loved one, such as a relative, is best for them.

 

Remember, when it comes to relocation after the death of a spouse, every situation is different. It is up to your family to have a heartfelt conversation with your loved one to determine what is best for his or her unique situation. Whatever you decide is best for them, good luck with the move and with working through all the stages of grief.

Post courtesy of Jackie Waters.  

April Caregiver Excellence Award Winner

The BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for April was presented on May 24 to Kristin PryclAdmissions Manager AND volunteer at VITAS Hospice.
Congratulations, Kristin!
Kristin was nominated as a truly excellent caregiver because she obviously puts the needs of  hospice patients and their families first. Even though she is already busy with her job, her farm, and her family, she also does errands and grocery shopping for some patients who are themselves unable. All the while, Kristin  is  upbeat, enthusiastic, and full of energy — a delight to be around. The April Award for Excellence was presented to her by Katie Brandt, Beinhauer’s Community Outreach Director, in the presence of the Volunteer Coordinator for VITAS, Amanda Olson, who had nominated Kristin.
The Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award, newly awarded each month, consists of a $50 Visa gift card and a certificate, along with an entry into the drawing for the Caregiver Excellence Award of the Year.
All area hospices, as well as the families they serve, are encouraged to nominate an excellent caregiver for this month’s award
It’s quick and easy to fill out a nomination form, and it’s free!
For a nomination form or for more information, please go tohttp://www.beinhauer.com/caregiver-excellence-award/ , or email Katie Brandt atkdb@beinhauercares.com.

March Caregiver Excellence Award

The BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for March was presented on May 16 to Jim Scatteregia, volunteer at ViaQuest Hospice.
Congratulations, Jim!
Jim Scatteregia was nominated as a truly excellent caregiver because he provides both emotional and tangible support to the hospice patients he visits. One of his specialties is finding out what a patient likes, and then surprising them with gifts of homemade casseroles or baked goods, as well as fruit, chocolate or candies. Jim’s cheerfulness, compassion, and obvious caring brighten the days of all whose paths he crosses, and especially the hospice patients he so gladly spends time with on a weekly basis.
The March Award for Excellence was handed to Jim by Katie Brandt, Beinhauer’s Community Outreach Director. SinceViaQuest’s volunteer coordinator, Kim DiPiazza, wanted to be on hand to congratulate him, but had been out of town during the month of April, this awards ceremony was only taking place now. Which means that we’re not long away from the announcement of the winner of the prize for April!
The Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award, newly awarded each month, consists of a $50 Visa gift card and a certificate, along with an entry into the drawing for the Caregiver Excellence Award of the Year.
All area hospices, as well as the families they serve, are encouraged to nominate an excellent caregiver for this month’s award!
It’s quick and easy to fill out a nomination form, and it’s free!
For a nomination form or for more information, please go tohttp://www.beinhauer.com/caregiver-excellence-award/ , or email Katie Brandt atkdb@beinhauercares.com.

Etiquette Lesson: What to Wear to a Funeral

A funeral is a somber occasion, therefore it is important to be aware of tradition and cultural expectations when you decide what you are going to wear to a funeral or memorial service. It’s important, because in some societies, certain colors mean celebration while here in the United States, we may not associate it with a funeral. Read on so that you can make an informed decision the next time you attend a funeral. The last thing you want to do is worry about your clothing after the death of a friend or a loved one. Continue reading

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