Northeast Florida Community Hospice

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Stories are powerful. They can make us laugh, teach us a lesson or spur us to action. They often provide a rich oral history and, when captured on video, can unite us in ways no other form of communication can. 

These are our stories  

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Learn about our organization.

Our story begins as a grassroots effort to honor the wishes of one patient.

Music therapy is one of our many programs.

Watch how certified music therapy staff helps ensure our patients enjoy enhanced quality of life.

Initiating the discussion about advance directives.

Talking about your end-of-life wishes isn't always easy. These stories share how we help with Honoring Choices® Florida, the first-of-its-kind advance care planning (ACP) model in Northeast Florida. 

Stories from the community

Often, the people who’ve experienced our care firsthand want to tell their own stories.These are family members, neighbors. Their words can help others find comfort, and the courage to ask for help, when they need it most.


Beth Vissman 
Neptune Beach

Beth Vissman’s dad, J.T. Hill, was larger than life, and he lived that life well. When J.T. was dying of congestive heart failure, Beth and her family reached out to Community Hospice for the care they needed.


Chris and Rick Hoffman
Jacksonville Beach

The beach was special to the Hoffmans. It was home. When mother Pat was diagnosed with cancer, Chris and Rick found the care she needed close by.


David Upchurch
St. Augustine

When David Upchurch was growing up, his grandfather, Hamilton, made a big impression on him. So when Hamilton was diagnosed with advanced cancer, the family reached out to us to help him remain comfortable at home.


Charlene Beymer
St. Augustine

For 15 years, Charlene has educated St. Augustine about hospice care. When her own father faced Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Charlene tapped her “home team.”


Clayton Smith
Fernandina Beach - Amelia Island

Clayton's wife, Rachel, found comfort from her cancer, surrounded by those who mattered, at home. That may have been the greatest comfort of all.

Our Journey Together:
35 Years Serving
Our Community


“From a small seed,
a mighty trunk may grow.” – 


Watch our 35-year journey as Community Hospice has grown from caring for one patient afraid to die alone to making a difference in the lives of thousands.