The following announcements were made by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County

Volunteers Honored by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County

The volunteers of Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County were honored recently at an awards ceremony and luncheon at Bernard’s Inn at Ridgefield. Eleven individuals were singled out and received recognition for their outstanding commitment, compassion and dedication to volunteer service.

Among the volunteers who were recognized were several from Wilton. Thom Healy (pictured above, right, with Sharon Bradley, president and CEO of Visiting Nurse & Hospice) received an award for his volunteer work on the agency’s Board of Directors; Carol Bernhard received an award for her volunteer work at the Turnover Shop of Wilton; and Inge Maerowitz received an award for her volunteer work as a patient support volunteer.

In addition, Norwalk resident Dawn Jeffrey received the Agency’s highest honor—the Carol B. Bauer Community Spirit Award—for outstanding service as a Hospice Volunteer. The award was established in honor of Carol Bauer of Wilton, whose spirit of support and devotion to volunteerism is unmatched in the community, and is presented each year to an individual who embodies the ideals of volunteerism.

“Dawn exemplifies the true spirit of volunteerism,” said Bauer, who was present at the awards ceremony. “It is with deep gratitude and great pleasure that we recognize Dawn for her exceptional contribution to the mission of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.”

A non-profit community organization for more than 100 years, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management, physical rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice care for adults and children in Wilton and throughout Fairfield County.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Hosts a Celebration of Life to Honor Loved Ones

Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will honor the patients and families it has served during the past year with an ecumenical Celebration of Life memorial service on Thursday, June 9, from 5:45-7:15 p.m. in the Great Hall at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane, in Westport.

The Celebration of Life is open to anyone who has lost a loved one. The interfaith service will begin at 5:45 p.m. and include readings, music and acts of remembrance as well as a candle-lighting ceremony conducted by the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County team of nurses, counselors and caregivers. A reception will follow the service.

“It is important to celebrate the lives of our loved ones and to give thanks for all they have meant to us,” says Christine Pfeffer, hospice director at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. “We wish to express our gratitude and to acknowledge that our loved ones remain in our hearts.”

“The Celebration of Life embraces all those in our community who wish to honor the memory of a loved one who has died,” said agency president and CEO, Sharon M. Bradley, RN, MSN, DNP. “In addition to those individuals and families we have served directly, we invite all our friends and supporters to participate in the Celebration of Life. All are welcome to send us the names of loved ones who have died and we will light a candle in their honor at the memorial service on June 9.”

For reservations or more information about the Celebration of Life, call Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at 203.834.6341, ext. 416.