New program for grieving families began at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

New program for grieving families began at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital
In partnership with the Yankton Federal Prison Camp, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital has begun a new program for grieving families.

A shawl, accompanied by a poem, will be given to a family member after a loved one has passed away.

The idea originated with Jean Hunhoff, Director of Avera Sacred Heart Hospice Department and has since developed into an inpatient program as well.


The hospital, through donations, provides the materials to the prisoners who then knit the shawls. The program has been very positive for all involved, according to one of the program coordinators, Carla Hummel, Director of Volunteer Services at the hospital.

As always, donations are needed – especially donations of yarn – to keep this Mission-driven program going and successful. Anyone wishing to make a donation may call Carla Hummel at 605-668-8104.

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