May 26, 2006

Letters to the Editor

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Thank you for new columnist in The Criterion

I enjoyed the article “Remembering the Church’s Original Top Model” by Christina Capecchi in the May 12 issue so much that I read it a second time.

Thank you for a noticeable improvement in our Catholic paper.

-Kathleen Naghdi, Indianapolis

Palliative Care Fund provides necessities to special ministry

Thank you for the beautiful articles on “A Good Death” by John Shaughnessy in the April 21 issue of The Criterion.

Dr. Gregory Gramelspacher and his students make over 400 consultations annually through the Wishard Palliative Care program, bringing comfort to many poor patients and their families.

Anyone moved by the articles can become an important part of this special ministry of mercy and compassion.

The Palliative Care Fund at the Wishard Memorial Foundation provides necessities for patients, such as medications, food, transportation and even burial assistance. It supports community outreach efforts and the costs of making the home visits referenced in the articles.

The fund also increases the quality of life for the living with life “celebration” activities, such as balloons for birthdays, bed quilts and cassettes or CD players for the patients to use in their hospital rooms.

Finally, the families of the deceased are supported with bereavement activities and sympathy cards.

Donations may be sent to Wishard Memorial Foundation, Palliative Care Fund, 1001 W. 10th St., Myers Building, Room W4523, Indianapolis, IN 46202 or donate online at

-Kristen LaEace, Indianapolis


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