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Editorial: Taste of Carroll a fulfilling way to support Carroll Hospice

We are in the middle of publishing interviews with “Hospice Heroes” this week in the lead-up to one of Carroll County’s biggest — and tastiest — fundraisers. The annual Taste of Carroll, which benefits Carroll Hospice, is set for Monday night at Carroll Hospital. It’s a chance to contribute to a worthwhile cause while also enjoying food and drink from some 40 of the area’s best restaurants, caterers and distilleries.

All of the “Hospice Heroes” we spoke with talked eloquently about the calling that is hospice care, the service Carroll Hospice provides and what it means to the community. Pamela Naumann, a registered nurse and a 20-year veteran of Carroll Hospice, is the organization’s liaison and ambassador to the community. She said she knew she wanted to go into hospice care after helping to provide end-of-life care for her mother-in-law. She has tried to take that experience to her work.

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“My goal is to make everyone feel valued and to walk along their journey ensuring their care is the same as I would want to be treated and supporting their families,” she told us. She gave some examples of the out-of-the-ordinary activities in which she’s participated with patients, such as a baptism, a wedding reception and a beach party. Maybe most special of all, she said she helped make arrangements with Carroll Hospital’s Family Birthplace to enable a patient to be able to see his unborn child and listen to her heartbeat. “I truly believe when you can make memories like this, it helps in the healing process after their loved one is gone,” she told us. Her fellow “heroes” have noted what a blessing it is to be allowed into the “sacred” space that is families spending final days with loved ones.

Carroll Hospice is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients needing end-of-life care, allowing them to live as fully and comfortably as possible by providing quality palliative care, pain and symptom management and support for their families, according to its website. Carroll Hospice and its in-patient facility Dove House aim to provide patients with palliative care and effective pain symptom management, allow patients to make their own decisions regarding care and treatment, promote a caring community sensitive to the needs of hospice patients and their families, support family members and other caregivers in their efforts to care for their loved one, coordinate community resources to ensure continuity of care and offer bereavement support to families.

Their signature fundraiser is a big part of how Carroll Hospice is able to offer many of its services.

Taste of Carroll is turning 20 years old this year, a fact that will be reflected in its Roaring ‘20s, “Great Gatsby” theme. The 20th Taste will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday in the East Pavilion of Carroll Hospital. The 19th edition drew nearly 700 attendees last year and raised more than $186,000 for Carroll Hospice and Dove House, a new record, according to hospital spokeswoman Simone Lindsay.

Tickets are $100 and available online at www.carrollhospice.org. Some of the programs will benefit from Taste of Carroll include bereavement, grief counseling, its veterans program and its programs for children. Some such programs are Camp TR, for children who have lost a loved one, and support groups for parents who have lost a child or families who have lost a loved one to an opioid drug overdose.

So it’s a great cause — one that just happens to feature some great local grub — and we encourage anyone able to support Taste of Carroll.

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