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Blog: Stories and Insights

How Do Your Cope with – Mother’s and Father’s Day if You’re Grieving?

The Absence of Presence at Mother’s and Father’s Day If you’re grieving on Mother’s Day and or Father’s Day, know that you are not alone. These special days may be especially difficult for children or adults who have lost a … Continued

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Navigating Grief – Spring Holidays

Grief During Spring Holidays  Grief, like the weather, can be ever changing and hard to predict. Spring brings the promise of warmer, longer, days with more hours of light and the blooming of spring flowers. It can be a welcome … Continued

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Navigating Grief in the New Year, Valentine’s Day, and Ramadan

Navigating Grief in the New Year, Valentine’s Day, and Ramadan Many grievers exhale following the end of year holidays, only to find that those are followed by even more celebrations like New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, and Ramadan. These holidays can … Continued

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Samaritan Patient – A Musician at Heart

John D. was born with a love of music. “I’m a whiz on piano,” he tells me with a mischievous smile. We sit in the fifth floor community room of the local care and rehab center where John now lives. … Continued

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Should Children Attend Funerals?

We are often asked the question, should children attend funerals when someone close to them dies?   While there is not an easy answer to this question, we hope the following information and considerations will be helpful to you.   Adults often … Continued

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Threshold Choir Bring Music to Samaritan Patients

The Threshold Choir sings at the thresholds of life in over 200 communities around the world, bringing songs of comfort with their words and music. Now, the South Jersey Threshold Choir has volunteered to share their songs with Samaritan patients … Continued

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Navigating Grief and the Winter Holidays

Bodhi Day, Sukkot, Diwali, Mawlid al-Nabi, Dia de los Muertos, Hanukkah, Christmas. This is a short list of some of the major religious holidays celebrated during the last 3 months of the year. There are also important cultural holidays that … Continued

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Hospice: The Gift of Comfort

Even though she battled kidney cancer on and off for 25 years, Tara Smith’s mother, Charlotte, was still feisty at 89, spending her days driving, dancing, and enjoying life. But in early 2021, Charlotte underwent a difficult surgery. When her … Continued

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Phillip W. Heath, a black man with grey hair and grey mustache. Samaritan logo to the right.

A Message From Phillip W. Heath – Samaritan President and CEO 

  Greetings, I am Phillip W. Heath, and I now have the privilege of serving as Samaritan’s President and Chief Executive Officer. While new to my role, I have been committed to Samaritan since 2018, as a Trustee and Board … Continued

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Terry Sheerin – A Gift of Hope

Read about Terry Sheerin’s Samaritan Palliative Medical experience and how you can support palliative services in South Jersey.

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