Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH) and National Life Group present Being There, a collection of portraits and stories from 14 hospice caregivers in central Vermont by photographer Corey Hendrickson.
The individuals featured include members of CVHHH's interdisciplinary hospice team, CVHHH's Hospice Medical Director and the Director of Palliative & Spiritual Care at Central Vermont Medical Center, a hospice volunteer, and family members of people cared for by CVHHH's hospice team.
For two years, Corey photographed these people in spaces and doing activities that bring them joy and a sense of peace.
“When my grandmother died, I received help from several hospice volunteers. I was moved by their willingness just to be there and wanted to use my art to explore the ways that hospice caregivers recharge and reflect on their profession," says Corey.
"Conversations about hospice are often, understandably, told from the patient’s perspective,” says Emily McKenna, Marketing & Communications Manager at CVHHH. “I was intrigued by Corey’s idea to explore the lives of hospice caregivers, volunteers, and family members of hospice patients. What do they do to maintain a sense of balance after they give so much of their time and energy to care for someone else?"
“The exhibit is a good fit for National Life Group, which has had a relationship with CVHHH for many years,” says Beth Rusnock of National Life Group. “We see our role as helping families manage major life events with life insurance and annuities. CVHHH also helps families during challenging times by providing hospice care and other services. The exhibit shines a light on hospice caregivers and celebrates their work, demystifies what hospice is, and encourages individuals and families to take advantage of hospice when they need it.”