Asheboro, N.C. – Hospice of Randolph County will host an evening event focusing on “Coping with Traumatic Loss” on Tuesday, August 5 at 6:00 pm. Kellie Moran, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, will be the featured speaker. It will be held in the Educational Building at the Hospice of Randolph campus located at 416 Vision Drive, Asheboro, NC.
The event is open to surviving family and friends, as well as those who want to help people affected by suicide, homicide, accidental or sudden, traumatic death. Guidance counselors, clergy, therapists, and healthcare professionals are invited to attend as well. The event is free of charge, but the agency asks attendees to pre-register by August 1, in order to assure adequate seating, refreshments and materials.
“The loss of a loved one is in itself a deeply emotional experience, even when it is expected due to illness or gradual decline,” noted Tim Pheagin, Chaplain with Hospice of Randolph County. “Most people, before their first loss, assume that the grieving experience is simply deep sadness that fairly soon gives way to a return to normal feelings; however, once they have a significant loss, they are surprised at the variety and intensity of different emotions, including fear, anger, loss of self-esteem, guilt, and other things. When you add the element of a sudden, traumatic event, the experience becomes quite complex.”
Dr. Rodney Otwell, Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator, added: “When a loved one dies accidentally, family members struggle to understand ‘why,’ not just in terms of cause and effect, but in trying to find a deeper meaning. People ask the age-old questions like, ‘Why did God allow this to happen?’ Survivors are often filled with regret about things that were left unsaid or undone. Since they can’t easily come to grips with the loss, such feelings as guilt, anger, and blaming, are magnified, along with the deep sense of sadness and loss. The term bereaved literally means to be robbed. This certainly applies to accidental and homicidal deaths.”
Both Otwell and Pheagin went on to say that loss by homicide carries the added pain of a yearning for justice, which may take years to resolve. In cases where the homicide is unsolved, that yearning may never be fully addressed. Particularly with homicide, profound fear may become a survivor’s constant companion because it leaves a person with an indelible image and realization that his/her own life can be taken in a moment.
Suicide loss is a deeply painful, complex and traumatic experience. Often survivors are left with an endless array of intense emotions and unanswered questions. Sometimes they struggle with unspecific guilt – wondering what they could have done differently, thinking they could have been more attentive and aware, etc. Others struggle with very specific guilt over past conflicts and careless words. Some struggle with a sense of shame and stigma, while still others struggle with the possible spiritual implications of the decision to end one’s own life. Accidental death has many of the same emotions, along with its own set of emotional issues, with survivors struggling to make sense of the loss.
Featured speaker Kellie Moran, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Randolph County, is a supervisor with Therapeutic Alternatives Mobile Crisis Management. She has worked in mental health since 1994 with community agencies and EMS. She served with the Triangle J Critical Incident Stress Management Team and has extensive experience responding to communities and individuals following traumatic events.
For more information or to register for the session, interested persons should call Hospice of Randolph County at 336-672-9300, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Hospice of Randolph County by visiting www.hospiceofrandolph.org.
Contacts: Dr. Rodney Otwell [email@example.com]
Tim Pheagin, M.Div. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
On May 28, 2014, Toni Marley received the “2014 Service Above Self Award” presented by the Randolph Rotary Club. Toni’s volunteer service to Hospice of Randolph County (HRC) not just in the past year but over the last 31 years has been outstanding. Hospice of Randolph County is a nonprofit hospice based in Asheboro, North Carolina that has served Randolph County and surrounding areas for the past 31 years.
Born December 15, 1921, Antionette Gilmore; she married Joe Harris Marley, who died unexpectedly at the age of 36 and Toni raised 2 children from the ages of 9 and 5 as a single mother. Her son Harris lives in Chapel Hill and daughter Joann passed away at the age of 22.
She has been a member of Jordan United Methodist Church in Ramseur since the age of 16, member of the ladies group, church choir, assists with the newsletter, works weekly with the Food Pantry, and Soup Kitchen. She is the oldest member of The Round Dozen Book Club; which still meets after 50 years. In her spare time she works out at the YMCA in Asheboro 3 times a week. Toni was formerly employed with Coble Dairy in Ramseur and retired from the office of Dr. Tony Cranford, optometrist in Ramseur after 18 years.
Toni is an outstanding lady who has given 31 years of dedicated service to Hospice of Randolph County. In those many years she has devoted over 8000 hours to patients and families. She is the only charter volunteer who is still active today. As a patient volunteer she visits patients to offer support and assist in any way possible. As an event volunteer, she helps coordinate desserts and assists with food service. In fact, along with her serving patients, she is an avid cook and baker in which she has had the responsibility of getting many of the desserts donated & delivered for the Auction-BBQ event each year. Through her leadership she has enlisted her friends and neighbors in an amazing fundraising effort. Over the course of time her baking has brought in over $20,000.00 for Hospice of Randolph County.
Volunteers are a large part of what makes Hospice of Randolph County outstanding. Toni has been instrumental with the fund raising efforts over the last three decades which plays a huge part in the care that HRC provides to their patients. With such a large scope of illnesses, cost of equipment, and medications; without it, services could not be provided at the scale that they are offered today. Over the past 5 years Hospice of Randolph County has provided over 2.5 million dollars of unreimbursed services and care.
Toni’s character is exemplified by her warm caring spirit. She gives so freely of her time and resources in such an unselfish way. At the age of 92 plus, Toni Marley’s life has been blessed through her giving. Other volunteers aspire to be “Toni Marley” in making a difference in the lives of others.
( Pictured left to right: Rhonda Moffitt, CEO- Hospice of Randolph County(HRC);
Toni Marley, HRC Volunteer and Lisa Huffman, HRC Volunteer Coordinator.)
Asheboro, NC- As of last month, Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc., (ACHC) notified Hospice of Randolph County that they have been approved for renewal of accreditation for Hospice Clinical & Support Services for its home health program with a recommendation for initial “Deemed Status”. This renewal is valid through April, 2017. The services approved are Home Health Aide Services, Medical Social Services, Occupational Therapy Services, Physical Therapy Services, Skilled Nursing Services and Speech Therapy Services. The Accreditation Commission for Health Care certifies that Hospice of Randolph County has demonstrated a commitment to providing and demonstrating a high level of integrity, quality care & specialized services to consumers through compliance with ACHC’s nationally recognized accreditation standards. For the past 31 years, Hospice of Randolph County has been helping patients and their families face the challenge of dealing with terminal illness with strength, courage and dignity. Hospice of Randolph County provides medically directed care through a highly skilled team of doctors, nurses, social workers, personal care aides, chaplains, volunteers and bereavement counselors. For more information about hospice services & care, and how they can help your family, contact Hospice of Randolph County by calling (336)672-9300 or visit their website at www.hospiceofrandolph.org.
Asheboro, NC- The instruction of a father… the influence of a mother. A good heritage is without equal. Parents are the most influential individuals in a person’s life. Habits, preferences, character and so much more are the things we learn from our mothers and fathers. The loss of such an influential person in our life can be overwhelming.
As we are in the midst of the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day holiday seasons, Hospice of Randolph County understands that a recent loss of a parent can be especially difficult during these days. You are invited to come and be part of a special evening of reflection and hope with others who are having the same feelings and challenges. This heart-warming event will be held on Thursday evening, June 5, 6:00 pm in the Educational Building at Hospice of Randolph County, located at 416 Vision Drive in Asheboro, NC.
This program is offered FREE to the public and pre-registration is requested by calling 336-672-9300 by
May 30, 2014 to reserve your space (or) by email at: Rodney.Otwell@HospiceofRandolph.org