Events & Happenings

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


Virtual Dementia Tour

August 22, 2019
1 to 3 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

September 18, 2019
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Watauga Medical Center, AHEC Building
336 Deerfield Road, Boone, NC

November 6, 2019
11 a.m. to 1 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.

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.


Advance Care Planning Workshops

July 11, 2019
1:30 p.m.
Caldwell Senior Center
650A Pennton Avenue SW, Lenoir, NC

July 25, 2019
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. The next workshops will be held July 11, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at the Caldwell Senior Center in Lenoir, and July 25, 2019, 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.


Finding Your Way Through Grief

August 6, 2019
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Watauga County Human Services Building
132 Poplar Grove Connector #C, Boone, NC

August 6, 2019
6 to 7:30 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

Grief is a natural reaction to the death of people who matter to us. It can be exhausting and overwhelming but there is help available. Grief and its many facets will be the topic of discussion at an upcoming workshop by Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care. Finding Your Way Through Grief provides an overview of the grief process, common responses to grief and suggestions for self-care. The workshop is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one regardless of how long ago. Individuals in the community who would like to learn more about grief are also welcome to attend. 

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. As such, this workshop is one of many grief services made possible through the generous support of the community.

For more information about Finding Your Way Through Grief or other grief support services, or to register, call 828.754.0101 or 1.844.MY.JOURNEY, or email ashewood@caldwellhospice.org.


Good Grief Meal

August 8, 2019
4 p.m.
Southern Crossroads
129 Wilkesboro Blvd., Lenoir, NC

Open to all people who are experiencing grief and loss. The meal is dutch treat. This informal event provides an opportunity to share food and fellowship. For more information, please call 828.754.0101 or email ashewood@caldwellhospice.org.


Advance Care Planning Workshops

August 8, 2019
1:30 p.m.
Caldwell Senior Center
650A Pennton Avenue SW, Lenoir, NC

August 22, 2019
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. The next workshops will be held August 8, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at the Caldwell Senior Center in Lenoir, and August 22, 2019, 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.


Support for Grieving Spouses

Tuesdays, August 13 through September 10, 2019
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, August 13 through September 10, 2019, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services, 1002 Ashe Avenue, Lenoir, NC. Caldwell Hospice Bereavement Support Specialist Julie Holman, MA, NCC, LPCA, will facilitate the support group.

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.


I Just Want to Help

August 15, 2019
6 to 7:30 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

How do you help someone who is grieving? What do you say? What should you not say? An upcoming community workshop from Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care answers those and other questions with practical guidance on providing support and encouragement to a grieving person. I Just Want to Help will be presented from 6 to 7:30 pm, August 15, at Caldwell Hospice’s McCreary Family Professional Center 526 Pine Mountain Road, NC. Bereavement Support Specialist Julie Holman, MA, NCC, LPCA, will facilitate the workshop.

Caldwell Hospice is committed to providing community bereavement services to anyone who needs and wants help in coping with their grief, including those with no hospice affiliation. This workshop is one of many grief services made possible through the generous support of the community. For more information about I Just Want to Help or to register, call 828.754.0101 or email ashewood@caldwellhospice.org


Learn at Lunch
Every Child Needs a Superhero: Help for Grieving Children 

September 4, 2019
12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

Learn at Lunch—Every Child Needs a Superhero: Help for Grieving Children will be offered from noon to 1:30 pm, Wednesday, September 4, at Caldwell Hospice’s McCreary Family Professional Center at the Robbins Center, 526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson. This presentation gives practical direction to assist children who are grieving, including ways to begin conversations and suggestions for what to say and do—as well as what NOT to say or do.

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.


Good Grief Meal

September 5, 2019
4 p.m.
Mayflower Seafood
303 Blowing Rock Blvd., Lenoir, NC

Open to all people who are experiencing grief and loss. The meal is dutch treat. This informal event provides an opportunity to share food and fellowship. For more information, please call 828.754.0101 or email ashewood@caldwellhospice.org.


Healing Hearts Support Group

Wednesdays, September 18–October 23, 2019
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services
1002 Ashe Ave., NW, Lenoir, NC

A six-week support group for any parent who has experienced the loss of a son or daughter at any age.

Caldwell Hospice is committed to providing community bereavement services to anyone who needs and wants help in coping with their grief, including those with no hospice affiliation. This workshop is one of many grief services made possible through the generous support of the community. For more information about Healing Hearts or to register, call 828.754.0101 or email ashewood@caldwellhospice.org


Adult Volunteer Training

October 1 and 3, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Hospital, Oak Meeting Room
434 Hospital Drive, Linville, 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 in Ashe, Avery, and Watauga counties. 

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 2019 adult volunteer training opportunity, contact us at 828.754.0101, 1.844.MY.JOURNEY, or volunteer@caldwellhospice.org. You may also register online at https://www.caldwellhospice.org/give-volunteer.


Adult Volunteer Training

October 1 and 3, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Hospital, Oak Meeting Room
434 Hospital Drive, Linville, 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 in Ashe, Avery, and Watauga counties. 

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 2019 adult volunteer training opportunity, contact us at 828.754.0101, 1.844.MY.JOURNEY, or volunteer@caldwellhospice.org. You may also register online at https://www.caldwellhospice.org/give-volunteer.