ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — Making the end of a life as meaningful as possible is a purpose shared between hospice and funeral home workers alike. Whether it’s by proving comfort before an impending death or serving as a guide through the funeral arrangement process, both professions form a bond with those they serve and share a mutual concern for the family’s welfare.
And as a funeral director, Nancy Lohman felt especially privileged to be the guest speaker at Florida Hospital HospiceCare’s annual volunteer recognition luncheon. The March 12 event, which was held at Oceanside Country Club, honored nearly 200 volunteers who had a combined total of 15,000 hours of service in 2012.
"I was honored to share my thoughts on 'Finding Balance in our Lives,'” said Lohman, who now serves as regional director of Florida Funeral Operations with StoneMor Partners. “It’s a challenge for all of us to find balance in our lives and as funeral and cemetery professionals, we certainly are looked to by others in the community as people who should understand the importance of enjoying the journey. It was also a wonderful opportunity to share with them that we as funeral service providers recognize how they make a difference to the families we mutually serve."
Florida Hospital HospiceCare is the area’s only faith based, not-for-profit hospice. They provide “life affirming care” to the residents of Volusia and Flagler Counties facing life-limiting illnesses and injuries since 1996 and extended services to Orange and Osceola Counties in 2011.
Barbara Cady, Florida Hospital HospiceCare volunteer specialist, recognized individual volunteers for their contributions.
“A volunteer’s contribution touches the lives of many,” Cady said. “Whether they are supporting patients and families directly or are staffing the inpatient units at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center or at the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House or assisting with administrative tasks and special events, our volunteers truly make a difference.”
Lohman Funeral Homes, Cemeteries & Cremation has been a leader in funeral, cremation and cemetery services since 1997. Now with 14 locations in East Central Florida, Lohman has earned a reputation for the caring and respect shown to the families they serve. StoneMor Partners L.P., which now has 22 locations in Florida, is an owner and operator of 276 cemeteries and 92 funeral homes throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.