2014 Las Vegas Events
Veterans Day Blood Drive
Find the hero in you this Veterans Day! To salute the brave men and women who have served our country, United Blood Services and Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care are teaming to encourage Southern Nevadans to give back by donating life-saving blood. The Community Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2014, in the parking lot in front of the Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care Administration Building, 5550 S. Jones Blvd. The blood drive is one of Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care's initiatives to recognize National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in November. Donors can make an appointment by calling 877-827-4376 or by visiting www.unitedbloodservices.org/LV
and using sponsor code: solari. For more information, click here
Weekly Grief Support Group
As part of its ongoing commitment to bereavement education and support, Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care wants to remind the community that it offers a free weekly Grief Support Group to help individuals who are struggling with feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety and abandonment following the loss of a loved one. The group meets on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care Administrative Building, 5550 S. Jones Blvd. All members of the public are welcome to attend. To register for the Grief Support Group or for more information, please contact Chris Kopoew, bereavement counselor, Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care, at 702-870-0000.
Camp Solari for Bereaved Children and Families
Camp Solari is held each spring at Mt. Charleston Lodge (located at the end of Highway 157, about a 35-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip). All weekend activities -- including lodging, meals and materials -- are free to camp families. Camp Solari is sponsored by the non-profit Solari Hospice Foundation in partnership with bereavement professionals at Las Vegas-based Clear View Counseling. The Spring 2014 camp, held May 2-4, was funded in part by a donation from Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care and HealthCare Partners Nevada, along with a grant from Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation. For more information about future camps, call 602-589-5952.
Celebration of Life Memorial Service
In recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care will host its annual "Celebration of Life" service from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Garden Theater of the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas. This event honors the lives of Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care patients who passed away from Sept. 1, 2013 through Aug. 31, 2014. The non-denominational memorial service includes comments from Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care administrators and staff, words of inspiration, a message of comfort, special music and the reading of patients' names. Family members also have an opportunity to come forward and say a few words. At the conclusion of the service, refreshments are provided. The event is open to the community. For more details, click here.
Tips to Help You Heal
Chris Kopoew, bereavement counselor, Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care, notes that it’s not good to hide from grief, but to find productive ways to express it. He offers the following basic guidelines to help individuals who are mourning.
• Give yourself permission to grieve.
• Retell the story of your loved one.
• Be judicious and selective with your social activities. If you don't feel like attending a party or other event, skip it.
• Set aside time to mourn and don't try to bottle up your feelings.
• Accept help from family, friends and neighbors.
• Honor your loved one with a special ceremony or other symbolic gesture that follows your spiritual or religious traditions.
• Don't feel pressured. Make decisions that feel right to you, and accept that holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other significant dates may trigger special memories. This is a normal part of the mourning process.
• Remember that the grief experience is unique to every person. No emotions are right or wrong. At times, you may feel joyful; at other times, you may shed tears.
• Share your experience with other grieving people. Know that you aren't alone. Consider joining a bereavement support group.