Events & Happenings

"The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others."
Mahatma Gandhi


Virtual Dementia Tour

September 1, 2020
9 to 11 a.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

September 14, 2020
1 to 3 p.m.
Watauga County Project on Aging
Boone, NC

October 19, 2020
1 to 3 p.m.
Ashe Services for Aging
180 Chattyrob Lane, West Jefferson, NC

November 10, 2020
1 to 3 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

The truth is that when dementia strikes, it strikes the whole community, not just the individual. Thanks to the Virtual Dementia Tour, health care professionals, family caregivers, business leaders, first responders and educators are experiencing for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

The Virtual Dementia Tour—a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction—is Your Window into Their World.

*The Virtual Dementia Tour is not appropriate for persons diagnosed with dementia.

Additional Virtual Dementia Tour dates for 2020 will be available soon. Please check back or call 828.754.0101.

Caldwell Hospice is excited to offer the Virtual Dementia Tour to our community. Participants are led through the approximately 45-minute experience in 10-minute intervals and only need to be present for their appointment time. Call today for an appointment! Space is limited. For more information, to register or be placed on the VDT waiting list, call 828.754.0101 or email prc@caldwellhospice.org or 828.754.0101.


Learn at Lunch: Complicated Grief 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

Learn at Lunch will be offered from noon to 1:30 pm, Wednesday, June 3, at Caldwell Hospice’s McCreary Family Professional Center at the Robbins Center, 526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson. 

Learn at Lunch is held quarterly to help grieving people throughout the community understand grief and loss, ask questions and find healing through their grief journey. Lunch may be purchased for $5 on site or bring your own. For more information or to register, call 828.754.0101 or email ashewood@caldwellhospice.org. Pre-registration is required for lunch.


Adult Volunteer Training

June 8 and 10, 2020
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference? Do you have the compassionate spirit needed to be a companion for someone’s journey? Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care is hosting a two-day training session in June for adults who are interested in becoming hospice volunteers. 

An array of topics will be covered to help prepare attendees to become successful volunteers. Participants will learn about the strong community history and commitment of Caldwell Hospice, the physical, spiritual, and psychosocial issues hospice patients face, and much more from Caldwell Hospice’s staff of end-of-life care experts.

Currently, there is a need for volunteers to provide companionship to patients in the patient’s homes or long-term-care facilities. Other specific needs include volunteers who can provide transportation to doctors’ appointments and shopping excursions for patients, etc., and veterans to visit and make Veterans Honoring Veterans presentations to patients who are veterans.

Attendance is required at each session and meals will be provided. For more information or to register for the June 2020 adult volunteer training opportunity, contact us at 828.754.0101 or volunteer@caldwellhospice.org. You may also register online at https://www.caldwellhospice.org/give-volunteer.


Advance Care Planning Workshops

June 11, 2020
1:30 p.m.
Caldwell Senior Center
650A Pennton Avenue SW, Lenoir, NC

June 25, 2020
1:30 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care and the Caldwell Senior Center will partner to offer two Advance Care Planning Workshops at no cost to the community on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Workshops will be held June 11, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. at the Caldwell Senior Center in Lenoir, and June 25, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. at Caldwell Hospice’s McCreary Family Professional Center, 526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson. Join retired local attorney Houston Groome in Lenoir and attorney Hugh Wilson in Hudson for either of these inspiring workshops. “Advance Directives: Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney are gifts to your family,” says Groome. “Deciding, discussing and documenting your healthcare wishes helps ensure your healthcare wishes are known and honored. It also gives you peace of mind that you have made appropriate preparations.” Notaries and witnesses will be available to help anyone who wants to complete their documents at the clinic. For more information, or to register, call 828.758.2883.


Coffee, Grief, & Hope

Monday, June 29, 2020
6 p.m.
The Local Bean
536 Central Street, Hudson, NC

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care will hold its monthly Coffee, Grief, & Hope at 6pm, Monday, June 29, 2020, at The Local Bean, 536 Central Street, Hudson, NC. The informal time of coffee and conversation is open to anyone who is experiencing grief and loss due to the death of a loved one or close friend. Coffee is Dutch treat.  

The Coffee, Grief, & Hope is sponsored through Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services, grief support services of Caldwell Hospice, and is one of many opportunities offered to help individuals of all ages and families cope with the loss of people they love. Because of the generous support of our community and the belief that grief support services improve quality of life, Caldwell Hospice offers community grief support services to anyone who needs help in coping with grief. For more information about the upcoming Coffee, Grief, & Hope or other grief support services, call 828.754.0101, or visit www.caldwellhospice.org or the Caldwell Hospice In The High Country Facebook page.


Support for Grieving Spouses

Tuesdays, July 7 through August 4, 2020
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services
1002 Ashe Ave., Lenoir, NC

The death of a spouse can leave the survivor feeling empty, confused, and vulnerable. Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services of Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care will offer an opportunity to understand your grief process, receive support from others who are coping with similar situations and share your experiences and insights. Support for Grieving Spouses, a five-week support group for men and women who have lost a spouse at any age, will meet on Tuesdays, July 7 through August 4, 2020, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services, 1002 Ashe Avenue, Lenoir, NC.

Caldwell Hospice is committed to providing grief support services to anyone who needs and wants help in coping with their grief, including those with no hospice affiliation. This support group is one of many grief services made possible through the generous support of the community.

To register, or for more information about Support for Grieving Spouses or other grief support services, call 828.754.0101, visit www.caldwellhospice.org or facebook, or email ashewood@caldwellhospice.org. Pre-registration is required.


Working Your Way Through Grief

Tuesdays, August 18 through September 15, 2020
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services
1002 Ashe Ave., Lenoir, NC

When we are coping with the death of someone who matters to us, loneliness and unpredictable emotions can slow down the healing process. Good support systems and real answers to our questions are important. Working Your Way Through Grief, a five-week support group for anyone who has suffered the death of a loved one, will meet on Tuesdays, August 18 through September 15, 2020, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services, 1002 Ashe Avenue, Lenoir. 

Caldwell Hospice is committed to providing bereavement services to anyone who needs and wants help in coping with their grief, including those with no hospice affiliation. As such, this workshop is one of many grief services made possible through the generous support of the community. For more information, or to register for Working Your Way Through Grief, call 828.754.0101, email ashewood@caldwellhospice.org, or visit www.caldwellhospice.org or Facebook.


Learn at Lunch 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

Learn at Lunch will be offered from noon to 1:30 pm, Wednesday, October 7, at Caldwell Hospice’s McCreary Family Professional Center at the Robbins Center, 526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson. 

Learn at Lunch is held quarterly to help grieving people throughout the community understand grief and loss, ask questions and find healing through their grief journey. Lunch may be purchased for $5 on site or bring your own. For more information or to register, call 828.754.0101 or email ashewood@caldwellhospice.org.


Crafting Your Way Through Grief

Wednesdays, October 7 to 28, 2020
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services
1002 Ashe Ave. NW, Lenoir, NC

Wednesdays, October 7 to 28, 2020
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Watauga Project on Aging
132 Poplar Poplar Grove Connector #A, Boone, NC

A four-week support group that provides an opportunity for creative expression and healing. A new craft will be created at each meeting with crafting materials supplied by Ashewood Grief and Counseling at no cost to participants. Education is provided at each session about the grief process and services available. For more information, or to enroll in either of these limited space groups, please RSVP to 828.754.0101 or ashewood@caldwellhospice.org. Pre-registration is required.


Adult Volunteer Training

October 19 & 21, 2020
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference? Do you have the compassionate spirit needed to be a companion for someone’s journey? Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care is hosting a two-day training session in October for adults who are interested in becoming hospice volunteers. 

An array of topics will be covered to help prepare attendees to become successful volunteers. Participants will learn about the strong community history and commitment of Caldwell Hospice, the physical, spiritual, and psychosocial issues hospice patients face, and much more from Caldwell Hospice’s staff of end-of-life care experts.

Currently, there is a need for volunteers to provide companionship to patients in the patient’s homes or long-term-care facilities. Other specific needs include volunteers who can provide transportation to doctors’ appointments and shopping excursions for patients, etc., and veterans to visit and make Veterans Honoring Veterans presentations to patients who are veterans.

Attendance is required at each session and meals will be provided. For more information or to register for the October 2020 adult volunteer training opportunity, contact us at 828.754.0101 or volunteer@caldwellhospice.org. You may also register online at https://www.caldwellhospice.org/give-volunteer.


Coping with the Holidays

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
5:30 to 7 p.m.
High Country location to be determined.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services
1002 Ashe Ave. NW, Lenoir, NC

The holiday season can be emotionally stressful when you are coping with a loss. Caldwell Hospice staff will lead a discussion of ways to plan holiday events, remember the missing loved ones, avoid additional stress, and care for yourself during a festive but difficult time. For more information, or to enroll in either of these limited space groups, please RSVP to 828.754.0101 or ashewood@caldwellhospice.org.


Learn at Lunch 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

Learn at Lunch will be offered from noon to 1:30 pm, Wednesday, December 2, at Caldwell Hospice’s McCreary Family Professional Center at the Robbins Center, 526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson. 

Learn at Lunch is held quarterly to help grieving people throughout the community understand grief and loss, ask questions and find healing through their grief journey. Lunch may be purchased for $5 on site or bring your own. For more information or to register, call 828.754.0101 or email ashewood@caldwellhospice.org.


Coping with the Holidays

Thursday, December 3, 2020
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services
1002 Ashe Ave. NW, Lenoir, NC

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services
1002 Ashe Ave. NW, Lenoir, NC

The holiday season can be emotionally stressful when you are coping with a loss. Caldwell Hospice staff will lead a discussion of ways to plan holiday events, remember the missing loved ones, avoid additional stress, and care for yourself during a festive but difficult time. For more information, or to enroll in either of these limited space groups, please RSVP to 828.754.0101 or ashewood@caldwellhospice.org.