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Hospice Healing and Hugs - Fall Appeal

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Hugs. Research tells us how important they are – they instantly boost oxytocin levels, which decrease stress and heal feelings of loneliness, anger, and isolation. Hugs build trust and a sense of safety. Hugs lift one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness. Hugs strengthen the immune system.


For patients and families in our care, hugs are not only still possible, they abound.


Patients in home hospice likely have a safe “pod” of family and friends around them for socializing, support, and regular physical closeness. Patients at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House can have up to four visitors each day (before COVID, there was no limit at all), and once visitors have successfully screened at the front door, there are no restrictions on physical closeness, including – yes, you guessed it -- hugs.


Your support helps make this possible – thank you.


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