A Message from Don Schumacher in Response to Recent Tragedies

NHPCO President and CEO has recorded a video message with some thoughts he would like to share with the hospice and palliative care community following the recent shootings in both Newtown, CT and in Portland, OR.  He reminds all of us of the importance of caring for ourselves and our communities during times of grief and loss.

In time of public tragedy people often discover the strength and power of community.  As people come together to support each other and grieve, people find they are not alone in the questions raised and the grieving that is experienced.  In can be helpful, in times of public tragedy, to seek out opportunities in your community to join others in remembrance, reflection, prayer and meditation. It can be comforting to be with others who are affected by the enormity and trauma of the loss. 

NHPCO’s Caring Connections website offers information about grief and loss that might help people to better understand grief and how to support one another, visit CaringInfo.org/grief.

Hospices hoping to support that community

In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, the outpouring of support and love to that community has been extraordinary. Many hospice providers throughout the country have been reaching out to offer their assistance and support.

NHPCO has heard from some providers in the state that they have been a bit overwhelmed with the many well-intentioned gifts and messages. Many are asking agencies in Connecticut to distribute gifts and cards to the community of Newtown.  Providers in the state are not equipped to do this sort of work.  

If providers have messages or gifts they want to send to victims of the tragedy in Newtown, a special mailing address has been established to process those items.  Colleagues in Connecticut have asked that we share this information with the hospice palliative care community.

Messages of Condolence for Newtown can be sent to:

Condolences for Newtown
PO Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06470


Donations may be made to the National Hospice Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and earmarked for hospice programs in Connecticut who are providing support and services to victims of the tragedy.  Donations may be made securely online at the National Hospice Foundation website – in the field to note who a gift is made in memory of, please note “Newtown Support” and from the drop down list at the end of the form please select “Disaster Relief Fund.”

Also, the United Way of Newtown has information on their website for those wishing to make donations or learn about other ways to support the community.

Thank you:

NHPCO extends its appreciation to all the members of the hospice community that are moved to reach out to those who are suffering following this horrible tragedy.