Haven Hospice Social Worker Robin Pisano sat with Katt Jones and her 11-year-old daughter at the E.T. York Care Center and offered her time and service as a grief counselor. The two were coping with the recent loss of their husband and father, Michael.
“Michael’s daughter expressed to me that she was concerned that the box her father’s ashes were to be stored in would not do his character justice. She told me that her father was named after the Archangel Michael,” said Robin. “I asked her if she would like to have an urn with an angel on it, and she said, ‘yes.’ So, I asked that she allow me some time to make the arrangements.”
The family had budget constraints that would make the purchase of the urn difficult, so Robin reached out to Crevasse’s Simple Cremation in Gainesville to see what could be done, and she spoke with Director Creg Jordan. “As soon as Robin explained that it was an 11-year-old girl that just lost her father, I decided we had to do something,” said Creg. “I reached out to the owners, Beau and Julie, and we all agreed to lower the price of the urn from $165 to $65 which is the cost to engrave the angel on the urn.”
Crevasse’s owners, Beau Crevasse and Julie Bishop Henderson, are firm believers in giving back to the community. Helping the Jones family and Haven is just one example of working toward that goal. “We just thought it was the right thing to do,” said Creg. “First and foremost, we believe it is important to help a family in need if we are able to do so. Secondly, we think it’s important to help Haven any chance we can.”
However, Robin was not done finding ways to help the Joneses. “I brought the family’s need back to our weekly Interdisciplinary Group(IDG) meeting and by the end of the day, I had collected enough money from Haven staff to pay for the urn,” said Robin. “Crevasse’s had it to me within the week, and I was able to present the urn to the family. It’s an honor to work with organizations like Crevasse’s to achieve our mission of honoring life by providing comfort, care and compassion to those we serve.”