Four Seasons Featured in National Hospice 'Moments of Life' Campaign

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., July 9, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Four Seasons Compassion for Life has been chosen by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization as part of its new "Moments of Life: Made Possible By Hospice" campaign. Through one patient's personal story, Four Seasons demonstrates the hospice focus on living and enabling special moments and memories at end of life for patients and their loved ones.

The "Moments of Life" campaign debuts in celebration of the 40th anniversary of hospice care in the United States, featuring stories gathered by hospices across the country of patient and family experiences, at

Four Seasons recently celebrated its 35th anniversary as a nationally respected, award-winning non-profit hospice and palliative care organization with a focus on quality of life at end of life.

"We need to break through myths about hospice," says Anita Brikman, a senior vice president with NHPCO. "The common misconception is that hospice patients are merely lying in bed, waiting for their end to come. For families who have experienced hospice, they see the focus is not on dying - but about living as fully as possible."

The Four Seasons contribution to the "Moments of Life" campaign focuses on former patient Deneen Fendig's heart-warming relationship with her son, Jeff Trussell, and her experiences of his wedding day. The ceremony was held at Elizabeth House, an in-patient residence, and officiated by Jane McKown, a Four Seasons chaplain.

The story is prominently featured in the national public service announcement, in national news coverage, and on the "Moments of Life" micro-site at

The tender interactions of mother and son on camera included the types of personal moments "we haven't seen anywhere else," says Brikman. "Her thoughts and his narrative clearly show that hospice not only provides the highest quality care, it affords more moments, memories and opportunities."

"Ultimately, hospice helps patients obtain the end of life care they prefer at home, free of pain, and surrounded by loved ones," says Chris Comeaux, CEO of Four Seasons.

"Stories like that of Deneen and Jeff show that even when you're dying, there is still a lot of living to do," Comeaux says.

Four Seasons Compassion for Life is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a dedicated team of health care professionals, social workers, spiritual care professionals and volunteers deeply committed to its mission of co-creating the care experience. Nationally known for its leadership in innovative, quality hospice and palliative care services, Four Seasons is a former Circle of Life award recipient from the American Medical Association, and is nationally featured in the 2014 "Moments of Life" campaign of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

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* Photo Caption: Deneen Fendig anticipates the wedding of her son, Jeff Trussell. The bride and groom moved up their wedding date so that Deneen could attend. Four Seasons' staff made this beautiful moment possible, holding the ceremony in Elizabeth House, a residential hospice care facility.

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