You matter. Avow cares.

When illness, death, grief and loss touch your life, or the life of someone close to you, you need loving care and professional guidance to get through. Here in southwest Florida, Avow is that source of expert care.

We compassionately serve those who are:

  • Living with chronic, serious or terminal illness
  • Caring for a frail senior or someone who is seriously ill
  • Grieving any loss: a family member, friend, coworker, fellow student or pet

Avow was founded by area residents in 1983 as a not-for-profit hospice. Today, Avow is one of the area’s premier health care providers with programs of support for everyone in southwest Florida from newborns to our most senior citizens.

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Children’s Weekend Bereavement Camp for ages 11 – 17.

June 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Children’s Weekend Bereavement Camp for ages 11 – 17.

Camp MendingHeart is a fun, creative and therapeutic program designed to allow children to express feelings, build coping skills [...]

Avow Palliative Care Center Now Open for Consultations, Education

November 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Avow Palliative Care Center Now Open for Consultations, Education

Southwest Florida residents suffering from a serious illness and in need of symptom relief and emotional support can now find [...]

Weinig Estate Gift Will Help Seriously Ill in Southwest Florida

September 14th, 2016|Comments Off on Weinig Estate Gift Will Help Seriously Ill in Southwest Florida

Avow Foundation, Inc. announces it has received a gift of $795,000 from the Nancy L. Weinig estate. The gift will [...]

Palliative Care Changed My Quality of Life

November 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on Palliative Care Changed My Quality of Life

When four-time cancer survivor Janice Feenstra was diagnosed with an incurable, but treatable cancer, she was hopeful and ready to [...]

At Group We Listen, Acknowledge and Learn From Each Other

November 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on At Group We Listen, Acknowledge and Learn From Each Other

Connie Hill was apprehensive to attend her first grief support group, but she's very thankful she did. Avow's bereavement counselor [...]

They Cared for Dad and Showed Concern for Me Too.

November 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on They Cared for Dad and Showed Concern for Me Too.

While sitting vigil at his father's bedside at Avow's Frances Georgeson Hospice House, Chris Farrugia observed nurses speaking warmly and [...]

Avow Events Calendar

(In the process of being updated)

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  • 12:00 AM-6:00 PM
    2016.04.01

    Gulf Coast Sailing Club

    Charity Regatta will Benefit Avow

    2016  marks the 40th anniversary of the SWFL Charity Regatta organized by the Gulf Coast Sailing Club. This year, a portion of net proceeds from the event will support the Children’s Bereavement Program of Avow as well as special needs sailing in Collier County and other charitable causes. See below for event details or visit Gulf Coast Sailing Club’s website.

    Gulf Coast Sailing Club

    Click here for more information.

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  • 3:30 PM-5:45 PM
    2016.04.07
    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    Avow children grief support

    Children and teens who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life have the opportunity to participate in a new monthly support group at Avow. The sessions, led by children’s bereavement counselor Raquel Gonzalez, are designed to give children the opportunity to express feelings, build coping skills and reinforce positive memories of their loved ones in a safe and caring atmosphere. Children will join peers who have also experienced loss to engage in age appropriate discussions and activities.

    Sessions will be held on the first Thursday of the month.

    Children age 5 to 11 may attend from 3:30 – 4:30 PM
    Adolescents and teens age 12 to 17 may join the 4:45 – 5:45 PM offering.

    Both groups will be held at Ispiri community center on the Avow campus at 1095 Whippoorwill Lane in Naples.

    There is no fee to participate; signed parental consent is required and may be completed at the first session. Call Raquel Gonzalez at 239-261-4404 for more information.

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  • 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
    2016.04.11
    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    Avow, Remembering, Memorial Service, Grief Support

    Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one is invited to attend Avow’s Rememberingsm memorial service on Monday, April 11 at 7:00 PM.  The program features music, readings, a candle lighting and reading of names of those being remembered. The program will be conducted at the Ispiri community center on the Avow campus at 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples.  Attendees are invited to bring a photo of their loved one to put on display during the service. The service is non-denominational, open to the community, and offered free of charge thanks to an endowment by Mr. and Mrs. Maurice D. Kent. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to (239) 649-3697 and provide the name of the person(s) to be remembered.

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  • 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
    2016.04.12
    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

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    Clear the Mind; Refresh the Body; Lift the Spirit… at Restorative Guided Meditation

    2nd Tuesday of each month 4:30 – 5:30 PM

    4th Thursday of the month 5:15 – 6:15 PM

    If you are coping with a serious illness, fatigued from caregiving or grieving a loss, we invite you to take some quiet time to “unplug” from your daily challenges and fears through restorative guided meditation.

    Guided meditation sessions combine music, breathing techniques and guided imagery to help you relax, de-stress and connect with your higher self.  The sessions are led by Louise Kenny, LCSW and held in the peaceful, serene setting of the Ispiri community center located on the east end of Lake Glenna on the Avow campus (1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples).

    Come… relax, restore and give your spirit a lift.

    And feel free to bring a friend!

    No fee to attend; no RSVP necessary.

    For more information call 239-261-4404 and ask to speak to Louise Kenny.

    *The sessions will be offered monthly through June, 2016.

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  • 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
    2016.04.13
    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    Every Wednesday 1:00 – 3:30 PM

    Ispiri community center on the Avow campus, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples

    This group is open to any adult in the community who has experienced a loss of any kind. The group is most helpful for those who have experienced a loss within the past year.

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  • 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    2016.04.14
    Moorings Park Drive, Naples, FL, United States

    Moorings Park Drive, Naples, FL, United States

    In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Avow presents:

    Helping Patients and Families with End-of-life Decisions
    Avow, Hospice, End-of-life, spiritual care, Hard Choices for Loving People, Naples FL, Workshop

    Presented by Hank Dunn
    Author and nationally renowned speaker on the topics of end-of-life decision-making, spirituality, and healthcare

    Thursday, April 14, 2016
    6:00 – 8:00 PM
    Auditorium at Moorings Park, Moorings Park Drive, Naples

    Professional development program for physicians, nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators and professional guardians

     EARN 1 CME/CE

    Serious illness challenges the spirit and soul. In most cases, treatment decisions made at end of life are, at heart, emotional and spiritual. At this session, Chaplain Dunn will provide practical suggestions to aid professionals in addressing these issues with their clients.

    No fee to attend; registration required by April 12. Seating Limited.

    All pre-registered participants will receive a complimentary copy of Hank’s book, Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care, and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness. Dinner included.

    Call 239-430-3194 or send an email to saceto@avowcares.org

    About the presenter:
    Hard Choices for Loving People, Hank Dunn, Avow, Workshop, Spiritual Care, End-of-lifeHank Dunn is an ordained healthcare chaplain, best-selling author and speaker who, for more than 30 years, has been helping patients and their families as they struggle with end-of-life decisions. Chaplain Dunn’s top-selling books on end-of-life decision-making include: Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care, and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness and Light in the Shadows: Meditations While Living with a Life-Threatening Illness. His books have sold more than three million copies.

    A graduate of the University of Florida, Hank received his master of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has served as president of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, on the Ethics committees of the Fairfax Nursing Center and the Reston Hospital Center and on the Chaplaincy Advisory Board for the Loudoun Hospital Center. He currently volunteers as a chaplain at Loudoun Hospital.

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  • 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
    2016.04.15
    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    Avow, Hospice, End-of-life, spiritual care, Hard Choices for Loving People, Naples FL, Workshop Pastoral Care and the Seriously Ill: The Journey to Letting Be

    Presented by Hank Dunn
    Author and nationally renowned speaker on the topics of end-of-life decision-making, spirituality, and healthcare

    Friday, April 15, 2016
    8:00 – 10:00 AM
    Ispiri Center at Avow
    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples

    (West of I-75 exit 107, Pine Ridge Rd.)

    A no-cost workshop for spiritual leaders, Stephen Ministers & medical professionals

    Serious illness challenges the spirit and soul to grow in ways we might not have thought possible in our healthy years. This time of illness offers great opportunities for pastoral care. Chaplain Dunn will discuss some of the medical decisions that might have to be made such as what to do about CPR or feeding tubes. Each of these medical decisions has a spiritual and emotional element. He will conclude with looking at the emotional and spiritual issues at the end of life. He calls this “the journey to letting be.”

    No fee to attend. Registration required by April 12

    Hard Choices for Loving People, Hank Dunn, Avow, Workshop, Spiritual Care, End-of-lifeContinental breakfast included and all pre-registered participants will receive a complimentary copy of Hank’s book, Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care, and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness

    Call 239-430-3194 or send an email to saceto@avowcares.org

    About the presenter:

    Hank Dunn is an ordained healthcare chaplain, best-selling author and speaker who, for more than 30 years, has been helping patients and their families as they struggle with end-of-life decisions. Chaplain Dunn’s top-selling books on end-of-life decision-making include: Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care, and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness and Light in the Shadows: Meditations While Living with a Life-Threatening Illness. His books have sold more than three million copies.

  • 2:30 PM-3:30 PM
    2016.04.15
    650 East Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL, United States

    650 East Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL, United States

    Third Friday of the Month 2:30 – 3:30 PM

    5/3 Bank Conference Room, 650 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island

    This group is open to any adult in the community who has experienced a loss of any kind. The group is most helpful for those who have experienced a loss within the past year

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  • 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
    2016.04.19
    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    Every Tuesday 6:00 – 7:30 PM

    Ispiri community center on the Avow campus, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples

    This group is open to any adult in the community who has experienced a loss of any kind. The group is most helpful for those who have experienced a loss within the past year.

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  • 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
    2016.04.20
    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    Every Wednesday 1:00 – 3:30 PM

    Ispiri community center on the Avow campus, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples

    This group is open to any adult in the community who has experienced a loss of any kind. The group is most helpful for those who have experienced a loss within the past year.

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  • 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
    2016.04.26
    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    Every Tuesday 6:00 – 7:30 PM

    Ispiri community center on the Avow campus, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples

    This group is open to any adult in the community who has experienced a loss of any kind. The group is most helpful for those who have experienced a loss within the past year.

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  • 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
    2016.04.27
    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    Every Wednesday 1:00 – 3:30 PM

    Ispiri community center on the Avow campus, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples

    This group is open to any adult in the community who has experienced a loss of any kind. The group is most helpful for those who have experienced a loss within the past year.

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  • 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
    2016.04.28
    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, United States

    avow, caregiver, meditation, naples fl,

    Clear the Mind; Refresh the Body; Lift the Spirit… at Restorative Guided Meditation

    2nd Tuesday of each month 4:30 – 5:30 PM

    4th Thursday of the month 5:15 – 6:15 PM

    If you are coping with a serious illness, fatigued from caregiving or grieving a loss, we invite you to take some quiet time to “unplug” from your daily challenges and fears through restorative guided meditation.

    Guided meditation sessions combine music, breathing techniques and guided imagery to help you relax, de-stress and connect with your higher self.  The sessions are led by Louise Kenny, LCSW and held in the peaceful, serene setting of the Ispiri community center located on the east end of Lake Glenna on the Avow campus (1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples).

    Come… relax, restore and give your spirit a lift.

    And feel free to bring a friend!

    No fee to attend; no RSVP necessary.

    For more information call 239-261-4404 and ask to speak to Louise Kenny.

    *The sessions will be offered monthly through June, 2016.

  • 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
    2016.04.28
    417 North 1st Street, Immokalee, FL, United States

    417 North 1st Street, Immokalee, FL, United States

    Support groups in Immokalee are held on a rotating schedule.

    Sessions are held from 5:00 – 6:30 PM at the Immokalee Branch Library (417 N. First Street, Immokalee).

    This group is open to any adult in the community who has experienced a loss of any kind. The group is most helpful for those who have experienced a loss within the past year.

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