Approximately 150 people gathered Saturday at Bittersweet Park in Greeley to remember lost loved ones, many of whom received hospice care from TRU Hospice of Northern Colorado (TRU HNC), at the 19th Annual Butterfly Release & Memorial. An annual tradition in the community, this celebration of life is an important part of the grief process for many family members coping with a loss.
TRU Community Care, founded as Boulder Hospice in 1976, has named a new President and Chief Executive Officer. Michael McHale from Arlington Heights, Illinois, most recently President and CEO of Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, will begin his leadership of TRU Community Care, TRU Hospice of Northern Colorado, and TRU PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) on September 11, 2017.
It’s an all too common situation. A family is at the bedside of a loved one who is seriously ill and nearing the end of life. Each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done and what the patient would have wanted. Far too many people wait until they are in the midst of a health care crisis before thinking about what options are available or what type of care they or their loved ones would have wanted.
TRU Hospice of Northern Colorado has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
Laura Hodge worked alongside her husband Tom at The Real Leather Company in Greeley for more than 27 years. The couple created custom leather saddle bags, repaired and altered customers’ items, and even fashioned bespoke chaps for the Greeley Stampede riders. So when Tom needed the kind of expert care we specialize in at TRU Hospice of Northern Colorado, Laura realized they could apply the same lessons that had guided their work all those years to Tom’s care experience.
As our nation marks Veterans Day, TRU Community Care deepens our commitment to increase Veterans’ access to the compassionate, high quality care available from the nation’s hospice and palliative care providers. One of the ways we’re making this happen is through our active involvement with We Honor Veterans, an innovative program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization that was created in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness. TRU Hospice of Northern Colorado is one of those and makes more meaningful moments possible.
Saturday, August 20 was a peachy day for staff at TRU Hospice of Northern Colorado. Thanks to the support of the local community, the organization raised $16,039 for hospice care for patients in the northern Colorado area who otherwise couldn't afford it.