“Hospice of Southern West Virginia is part of the ‘We Honor Veterans’ program, which is a program that is part of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Veterans Affairs,” hospice volunteer coordinator Becky Lilly said.
“They recognize that veterans have unique needs at the end of life. We honor veterans when we go into their home, we pin them with a flag pin and honor them for their years of service. We present them with a certificate. We have a great relationship with the VA here in Beckley.
The float hospice was showing in the parade was made to look like the inside of someone’s living room, complete with photos on the wall and a lamp on the table.
“It’s supposed to be a hospice patient and then we’ve got our team, which is our social worker, our nurse, and our volunteer going in to do the pinning,” Lilly said. “That’s normally what we would do with any of our veteran patients. We would offer them all of those things. Anyone can make a referral to hospice. They just have to contact our referral nurse, Della Lane.”
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