---- — Appreciating Thanksgiving
TO THE EDITOR: On Dec. 21, 1620, William Bradford and the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, in Plymouth, Mass.
The Mayflower transported the first English pilgrims to America, with 102 passengers. Only 45 passengers survived the first winter because of disease, no shelter and lack of food.
While dabbling in genealogy for the past 10 years, I found records from Ancestry.com, Mormon Family Search, Northern New York Historical Newspapers, Historical Societies, DNA and numerous other sources that indicate my ancestors are descendants of the Mayflower.
Eleven of my descendants were passengers on the Mayflower: William Bradford, James Chilton, Susanna Chilton, William Brewster, Mary Brewster, Francis Cooke, John Tilley, Joan Hurst Tilley, Richard Warren, John Howland, Elizabeth Tilley Howland.
It makes me appreciate my Thanksgiving feast just a little more because I know my ancestors suffered severe hardships during the first years in America.
The 45 pilgrims managed to survive with large families, and today the statistic indicates there are more than 30 million descendants of these pilgrims.
TO THE EDITOR: November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
Many people facing life-limiting illness focus on thoughts of loss and separation. Awareness of this critical need allows us to remind your readers that hospice and palliative care are truly about living.
Over the past 40 years, the number of hospice programs in the United States has grown from 1,500 to more than 5,000.
High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care is a resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect for people at a time of need.
Professional medical staff, social workers, chaplains and trained volunteers work with patients and families to tailor expert medical care, pain management and emotional and spiritual support according to their preferences.
Hospice works with a patient’s personal physician to bring continuity of care to the highest level. Other support services help with managing life’s practical tasks, as well as complicated issues related to their situation.
Hospice can help to resolve conflict, deal with financial issues and submit medical bills and face the burden of grief. Staff and volunteers assume these responsibilities so patients and their families can live the fullest life possible.
Hospice-care providers accept life’s challenges. They are committed to increasing their skills and understanding in order to enhance the care they provide to each person they are privileged to serve.
Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans. Care is provided wherever the person lives: in their home or at an extended-care facility. Care is available to people of all ages, with any life-limiting illness, regardless of their ability to pay.
If you or a loved one is facing a life-limiting illness, learning more about hospice and palliative care could be much more than you think.