At Hospice of the Midwest, we use whatever means possible to enhance the quality of life for our patients during the end stages of life and the dying process. After death, we continue to support caregivers and families through the bereavement period.
Earlier this month Hospice of the Midwest partnered with Junior High students from Open World Learning (OWL) in the West St. Paul Art Department. Since then, we have received 250 handmade watercolor cards from their 7th and 8th grade classes!
The students learned about our hospice care through our Volunteer/Bereavement Coordinator, Nichole Paladie, with an informative presentation and Q&A session. In the following weeks, the students were then taught how to water color. Each student designed 4 cards and it was very evident the pride each student showed as they presented their finished cards to the staff.
This was a fantastic way for students to showcase their gifts and talents as well as doing outreach with the hospice community! Each patient receives a handmade card that includes a meaningful message from the student and a blessing from our staff.