For the month of October, the Eva H. Perry Regional Library will showcase a selection of more than 25 journals hand made specifically for hospice patients and their families.
The books were constructed by local women under the guidance of Raleigh book artist Kathy Steinsberger, part of a project entitled “Heartmade Books for Hospice.” In addition to the journals, the display will feature information about Hospice of Wake County.
The genesis of “Heartmade Books for Hospice” was the personal experience of Raleigh resident Kirsten Moe, one of Ms. Steinsberger’s students, who suggested the idea following an experience capturing her own grandmother’s life stories, in a book she had made and given to her grandmother, while she was a hospice patient.
Fellow student Cheryl Ward of Garner brought the idea to both Hospice of Wake County, which distributes the books to patients and families, and the library.
“We are so appreciative of these gifts of love, and in awe of the creativity shown in each journal. Often at end of life, patients begin to tell stories they’ve never before shared. These journals are the perfect means to capture memories, family events, photos, or even emotions,” notes Darcy Dye, Hospice of Wake County’s public relations manager. “Family members and patients alike can tell their stories in a keepsake journal, then pass it on as a permanent memento of their loved one.”
The bookmakers donate time and materials to create the journals. “Heartmade Books for Hospice” will be showcased at the Eva H. Perry Regional Library from October 1 through 30. For additional information about Heartmade Books for Hospice, contact Kathy Steinsberger at email@example.com.
Hospice of Wake County was founded in 1979 and provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to those living with an advanced illness, their caregivers, and those who have lost a loved one regardless of age, race, religion, or financial circumstances. The service area includes Johnston, Franklin, Durham, Harnett, and Wake counties.
For more information on Hospice of Wake County call 919-828-0890 or visit www.hospiceofwake.org.