Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care is there for people during life's most difficult times--when they or a loved one is facing a serious illness or nearing the end of life. We provide resources and support to help ensure that all Minnesotans know about and can access the best possible serious illness and end-of-life care. And we provide education, resources, and advocacy for the hospice and palliative care professionals and volunteers who skillfully and compassionately care for patients and their loved ones.
In the era of COVID-19, access to quality serious illness and end-of-life care is more important than ever. While we look forward to the promise of brighter days ahead, it's clear that we'll feel the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for some time. SpringForwardMN will help MNHPC plan for what's next. Hospice and palliative care professionals are experts in the tough stuff. They are specially trained to deliver bad news with honesty and compassion. They help patients and families make difficult decisions. They manage the pain, discomfort, fear, and stress that comes with having a serious illness. They support families dealing with complex emotions and tense situations. And they honor the many layers of grief and loss that accompany illness and death. May 1st to 11th is the Minnesota Spring Forward campaign. It is a time to celebrate and support organizations that have been directly involved in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic and continue to keep us moving forward.
Over the last year, MNHPC has faced unprecedented need from our community. COVID-19 brought catastrophic impact to our families and communities, and in those first days following initial lockdowns, as we started to understand what we were dealing with, MNHPC quickly recognized and addressed urgent needs. Our organization assembled expert teams to come together and provide critical guidance, support, care and communication through the challenges of the pandemic. As the numbers of individuals impacted by Covid increased we leaned in to support providers and families. We provided education on symptom management, end-of-life visitation in long term care, and we advocated for our most vulnerable. And while the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, as we move out of the intensity of the past year we are putting increased focus on the after-effects of the pandemic and dealing with prolonged grief.
During SpringForwardMN (May 1-11), and as we continue to "help the helpers", please consider investing in the future of serious illness and end-of-life care by making a donation to Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care.
Click here to read an article from the Star Tribune that profiles three Minnesota families who experienced hospice care with a loved one.
To learn more about us, visit our website at www.mnhpc.org