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CMC-Union to Host Remembrance Service on Aug. 17
August 10, 2011

In observance of Palliative Care Week, Aug. 15 to 19, Carolinas Medical Center-Union will host a remembrance service to honor hospital patients, family members and friends who have passed away this year. The service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. in the CMC-Union Outpatient Treatment Pavilion Auditorium, located at 600 Hospital Drive in Monroe, NC.

The service will feature comments from the hospital’s chaplain, music, candle lighting in memory of those lost and a dove release. In addition, CMC-Union’s Chapel will be dedicated to Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Wilhelmina “Winnie” Hamer. Dr. Hamer served on the medical staff at CMC-Union for many years and was very active in the community until his death in 1987. Mrs. Hamer died in 2009.

“This remembrance service is a wonderful way for us to pay tribute to those we have cared for during their final days,” says Lynn Hamilton, Palliative Care nurse liaison at CMC-Union. “We’ve come to know many of the patients’ family members and friends over the past year and feel privileged to be able to host this service in memory of their loved ones.”

Palliative care is a medical specialty focused on the care of patients with advanced or life-threatening illnesses. At CMC-Union, the goal of palliative care is to offer patients and their families the best quality of life by providing expert pain and symptom management as well as emotional support. Palliative care helps patients and their families to understand what options for medical care are available to them and provides support for those facing difficult decisions about the direction of their medical care.

RSVPs for the remembrance service are requested. To RSVP, call 704-225-2889.