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For Jill Englar, being named a Hospice Hero is 'an unexpected honor'

For Jill Englar, being named a Hospice Hero is 'an unexpected honor'
Jill Englar

Social worker Jill Englar has helped shape the way Carroll Hospice cares for people in their final journey, as well as their families, since 1991.

Currently serving as the Director of Bereavement and Volunteers Services, Englar was recently named one of six Hospice Heroes for 2019, people and organizations recognized for their outstanding commitment to the hospice and its mission to care for and comfort people in their last six months of life.

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The Times recently caught up with Englar to learn more about how it feels to be a Hospice Hero ahead of the upcoming April 29 Taste of Carroll fundraiser, a food and drink event that supports Carroll Hospice.

Q: How does it feel to be named a Hospice Hero?

A: This is an unexpected honor. Our reward is the pride we feel when we provide compassionate care to patients and families under hospice care.

Q: What did you do prior to coming to Carroll Hospice and how did you get involved?

A: I worked as a licensed social worker in home health care for a local agency before transitioning to Carroll Hospice in the fall of 1991.

Q: Tell me about the work that you do and how long you have been doing it?

A: I am the Director of Bereavement and Volunteers Services at Carroll Hospice. I also work full-time with the bereaved after the death of a loved one. Jessica Roschen, bereavement counselor at Carroll Hospice, and I have provided services for both in-home hospice families and the community at large since August 2008.

Q: What’s one of the most challenging things about this work?

A: The most challenging aspect of this work is ensuring that every community person who needs bereavement services receives prompt attention. We charge no fees, and our goal is to see families within seven to 10 days.

Q: What is one of the most rewarding things about this work?

A: It is a privilege and honor to journey alongside grieving families after the death of a loved one.

Q: Why should people consider coming out to A Taste of Carroll on April 29?

A: We hope people attend A Taste of Carroll to support the work of our Carroll Hospice staff who dedicate themselves to passionately serving patients with a terminal diagnosis and their families. Bereavement then follows the family for 13 months after their loss.

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