A bat mitzvah service held on the Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service Care Center grounds was featured in the August 9, 2007 issue of the Akron Beacon Journal. A 13-year-old girl chose to move up her bat mitzvah service a month early so that her grandfather, who was dying of leukemia, could attend one of her life’s memorable events.
This service stands as a reminder that the hospice concept is not one of death, but about empowering individuals to live out their days with dignity and comfort, while involving their families and loved ones in giving care and having opportunities to make more memories and reflect on good times.
“It is a wonderful experience when families come to us with their wishes to hold a ceremony such as this bat mitzvah. Many family events have been held at our Care Center, including birthday parties, anniversary celebrations and even a wedding. We emphasize quality of life and living life to the fullest, even to the last days — that is what makes hospice care so special,” said Debby Berkey, Vice President of Hospice of VNS. Date Updated: 14-MAR-2012