For over 30 years Catholic Hospice, Inc. continues to serve the South Florida community. Established in 1988, Catholic Hospice Inc. is a community based not-for-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of people with a life-limiting illness and their loved ones. Hospice care involves medical supervision, emotional support, spiritual guidance and pain management. We provide care to people of all faiths. The Catholic Hospice Choice provides a journey filled with love, care, compassion and respect for human dignity by highly trained professionals. Catholic Hospice provide our service programs, such as: We Honor Veterans, a program whereby veteran assistance is given to cater their specific needs; Wishes Granted, a program whereby we provide a last wish to the patient at his/her request; Camp Erin, a children’s bereavement camp program; Pet Peace of Mind, a program of volunteers who assist patients’ pet needs, and Support Groups are also provided to family, friends, and to the community after the loss of a loved one.
Wishes granted is a program that Catholic Hospice implemented in order to be able to help grant patients their last wish. Every Wish is specific to the patient or their family's desire and offers a sense of peace of mind to the patient. This family was married in front of their dying loved one.
Camp Erin kids during a three day camp.
Catholic Hospice’s Pet Peace of Mind® is designed to assist hospice patients and families with the care of their beloved pets at a time when they are least able to provide for them. Pet Peace of Mind® will support patients in need, by supplying in-home pet care, pet food and cat litter, routine veterinary care, preventive medications for heartworms, flea and tick control, temporary boarding in emergency patient situations, and assist patients by helping them find a home for their pet when needed.
Each Camp Erin camper brings a picture of their loved one that for the memorial board in which is placed in the cafeteria during the 3 day Camp. When placing the picture on the board, the child share their story about their loved one. This is one of the exercises the therapists use in order for the children to open up about their grief.
We Honor Veterans is a very special program where we have trained psychiatrist and specialist who visit our Veteran patients. We also do a special ceremony to honor their heroic efforts and offer a special ceremony for the family at the passing of the patient. There are also Veteran Volunteers that visit the patient to offer a compassionate listening ear.
Camp Erin is a weekend bereavement camp for children ages 6-17 who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The Camp is free of charge and enables bereaved children to begin the road to recovery from the loss of their loved one. Children have a unique ability of combining sadness and happiness in their attempt to recover from the death of a loved one. Camp Erin provides a safe setting to assist children in dealing with their grief. This is achieved through activities such as music therapy, pet therapy, art therapy sports and a memorial service including a bonfire and much more. All activities are designed and facilitated by a staff of professional clinicians.
Wishes granted is a program that Catholic Hospice implemented in order to be able to help grant patients their last wish. Every Wish is specific to the patient or their family's desire and offers a sense of peace of mind to the patient.
We Honor Veterans
The “We Honor Veterans” program was launched in November of 2012 to cater to veterans with hospice care needs. We Honor Veterans, is a program of Catholic Hospice in collaboration with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Veterans Association, is designed to empower hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of dying veterans.
Pet Peace of Mind
Our philosophy is to provide compassionate care to every member of the family. Catholic Hospice is able to extend this philosophy of care to non-human members of the family through the Pet Peace of Mind Program. We know that the unconditional love pets provide to their owners is priceless medicine for both patients and families living with a terminal illness. Pet Peace of Mind is designed to help provide whatever services are necessary to keep patients and pet together throughout the end of life's journey.
Music Therapy is an established health profession. It is a patient focused, non aggressive treatment modality that has been researched and proven to alleviate physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual symptoms. Music Therapist provide music that is significant to the patient and or family. Activities include easy music listening, imagery and relaxation techniques, songwriting, music prompted reminiscence and memory recall. As part of our services, the music therapist also provides funeral and bereavement support upon requests.
Exec VP and CFO at Baptist Health Systems
Sr. Elizabeth Worley, SSJ
Chancellor for Administration Archdiocese of Miami
Rev. Msgr. Tomas Marin, Pastor
St. Augustine Catholic Church
Director of Professional Services
Tracy Romanello, DO
Director of Finance
Director of Professional Services
Rochelle Clarke,PhD, LMFT, MSHR
Director, Quality and Organizational Development
Director of Business Development
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.