A Hospice Alternative: The Gathering Together

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 10, 2013)– When families need help or want more personalized care during a loved one’s final days…. Many are gathering their family together and heading to The Gathering Together.

Rita Fiorentino is a hospice-trained nurse who opens her home to patients in the final stages of life and their families.  It’s a non-profit organization that offers any family the medical expertise for the patients comfort in a home-style atmosphere where family and friends can come visit or stay full time during that very delicate time.  Rita was troubled for years watching families struggle with not being able to fully care for family members because of insurance limitations, financial limitations or not wanting to place them in a nursing home.

“ I decided I can do something about that.” Said Rita Fiorentino, “ I can have people come to my house….I can take care of them here.”

And that’s exactly what she’s doing. All of the hospitality, Rita’s hospice care, and those little intangibles are  all free to the families who are welcome to come stay, cook, and begin the healing process with their loved one in Rita’s home. Rita says, “ We’ve seen a lot, we’ve seen families come that maybe haven’t talked for years and years and they get together and cry together, laugh, and love. My philosophy has always been the person who God puts before me is the one who I am to serve.  ”

You are invited to an open house to support The Gathering Together Saturday, December 14th from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 15th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. One-of-a-kind items will be available for sale, crafted by volunteer artisans. There will also be goodies to buy, from the home’s classic red pepper jelly to an array of holiday cookies and confections.

Saturday, December 14th from10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 15th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. One-of-a-kind items will be available for sale, crafted by volunteer artisans. There will also be goodies to buy, from the home’s classic red pepper jelly to an array of holiday cookies and confections. More information can be found here, on their website.