Grief and loss are especially challenging during the holiday season, and to remind residents of Dallas that they are not alone, Faith Presbyterian Hospice is hosting a moving candlelight memorial service at its new T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 12477 Merit Drive, on December 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The first event to be held in the center’s new chapel, the nondenominational Winter’s Night service will “honor loved ones who have gone before us,” and it is open to the public. Participants will light candles in honor of loved ones as they say aloud their names. Music will include a performance by the women’s acapella choir Mosaic Song, and participants are invited to make an ornament marked with their loved one’s name and dates of birth and death. Set to open during the first quarter of 2017, the center will be the first standalone inpatient center of its kind in Dallas. The $43 million, 53,388-square-foot center on a 9.3-acre campus is expected to serve 1,200 families annually. Faith Presbyterian Hospice and the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center are part of Presbyterian Communities and Services, a faith-based not-for-profit organization.
“The holidays can be a very difficult time for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, and we want to let people know there is a community resource available and a safe place to recognize their grief during this holiday time,” said Valerie Sanchez, director of bereavement for Faith Presbyterian Hospice. “A grief reaction during the holidays is to be expected and normal. Oftentimes, the mindset for coping is to ignore these feelings. Instead, we need to realize the holidays will be different, and we will have a reaction, so let’s plan for that – maybe festivities are different this year or we change our tradition. At my house, we have candles on our mantel through the holidays as a way to remember.”
Sanchez also suggests that families remember the intangible gifts their loved ones gave them that make them who they are, such as good cooks, handy in the home or a person of good humor. For those who had relationships that weren’t always healthy, Sanchez says they should try to focus on the positive gifts that came about as a result of that relationship, such as the ability to be more compassionate or a desire to achieve stronger goals for success.
“We are honored to be a resource for families in the area, and we look forward to welcoming many families to our center for this service,” said Jannetta Lingle, director of clinical services for Faith Presbyterian Hospice. “Our organization held this annual service at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church for several years, and we are thankful for the church’s ongoing support. With the opening of our center, we are creating a new tradition which will continue for many years to come.”
The T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center will include 36 lake-facing patient rooms in a center holistically designed to provide meaningful end-of-life journeys for patients and their families, as well as transitional care for patients who plan to return home for hospice care. The campus will include five centers of excellence, including The Harold Simmons Foundation Inpatient Care Center, Child and Family Bereavement Center, Spiritual Care Center, The Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Education Center and The Donald and Charlotte Test Outdoor Reflection Center. Although Presbyterian Communities and Services is a faith-based organization, the center will welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds and is accredited by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH).
For more information about The T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, including volunteer and donation opportunities, please visit www.faithpreshospice.org/hospice-care-center/.