A labyrinth is a walking path with one route that leads into the center point and back out again. A labyrinth is not a maze and there are no tricks, dead ends, or wrong turns.
There is no way to get lost and no wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Walking the labyrinth is a personal journey. Labyrinth walking can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, reduce depression, and induce feelings of well-being. Meditating, reflecting, or praying during the walk can assist with the grieving process, life transitions, and decision-making.
The labyrinth is open to Clarehouse guests and families and the general public daily from dawn to dusk.
At Clarehouse, we acknowledge that dying is a spiritual experience, though not necessarily religious. Our goal is to support each individual’s spiritual journey, whatever that may be. Spiritual support and guidance are available at all times upon request. One-on-one or family support is given by hospice chaplains, leaders of guests’ and families’ faith groups, local ministers, and Clarehouse volunteer chaplains.
The butterfly is a symbol of hope, rebirth, and new life. At Clarehouse, we incorporate this symbolism in our daily life through our butterfly habitat. Butterflies in various stages of the life cycle can be observed. Families are invited to release a butterfly at the time of a loved one’s death. Releasing a butterfly can assist with the transition from the physical presence of a loved one to their presence in our memory and their lasting positive influence on our lives.
Clarehouse invites families to a bi-annual Memorial Service in early spring and early fall honoring all guests who died during the previous months. The service is a time of remembering and celebrating the lives of all those who have been entrusted into the care of Clarehouse.
Asbury United Methodist Church PAWS Program (Pets Are Working Saints) and other volunteers provide pet therapy. Dogs and other pets visit the home to offer unconditional love, warmth, and furry fun. Guests and families can interact with the animals in the living areas, bedrooms, patios, and decks.
Volunteers are available for direct support during a person’s final hours. These volunteers are trained in the art of being present with the dying and their loved ones. They offer emotional and spiritual support, provide comfort measures, and create a calming presence. The Comfort Companion embodies our philosophy that no one need die alone. The vigil is available during the last 24 – 48 hours.