Focusing on Adults 50+ in Mesa, Delta, Montrose Counties

Offering peace through beauty

Apr 23, 2012, noon
Local philanthropist Gene Taylor generously donated the Miller Homestead and an acre of land to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.


Like many of the other gardens in Tanglewood, the Rose Garden is beginning to bloom with flowers.


The Tanglewood Society uses natural beauty to promote the sense of peace found in their many gardens, such as this butterfly garden.


Volunteer Judy Frisk at Cups.


The waterfall on the grounds are soothing to Hospice patients and visitors alike.


The best part is that you need not be sick or grieving to enjoy Dan's Walk.


There’s a garden for everyone at Tanglewood.


A volunteer tending one of the many gardens.

By Patricia Scholes

Many of you have already traveled this road. You’ve lost a spouse, a parent, a child or a best friend. Although many travel this path, the journey is always a lonely one, because no one can carry your grief for you.

Many can ease the burden of that grief, however. That is the purpose of the Tanglewood Society. The Tanglewood Society brings beauty and peace to those who are in the process of seeing a loved one through their last earthly journey. Working within Hospice and Palliative Care, they bring the beauty of nature into the patients’ very rooms and the families who sit beside them.

When Amelia Miller settled in her homestead in Mesa County, she had no idea what her home and gardens would inspire. But as she longed for the gardens she had left in the east, she began to grow them here and called her Victorian gardens Tanglewood.

Gene Taylor eventually owned the property and donated the Miller Homestead plus one acre of the land to Hospice. But Taylor did not stop there. He then facilitated the remaining three and a half acres to be purchased by Hospice for pennies on the dollar.

Each year several nurseries and greenhouses donate many plants. Brad and Tom McKee, father and son owners of Palisade Greenhouse have been major contributors.

Now the Tanglewood Society maintains the beauty that Miller started and have added an even greater variety of gardens for those visiting to enjoy. They have also added two delightful eating establishments, Cups Coffee House & Gift Shoppe for a scone or roll with your coffee or tea, and Spoons

Bistro and Bakery for a little more sustenance.

When you enter Spoons Bistro and Bakery, take a moment to browse their gift shop. Sue Settje, the Tanglewood Coordinator, buys all gifts and cards for both Cups and Spoons.

“If you’re looking for that special, unique something, you might also check out the downtown Heirloom store at Sixth and Main, or the store in Montrose. They offer gifts in a variety of prices,” Settje said.

Hospice & Palliative Care has grown tremendously, both in the number of people served as well as in the Western Colorado communities now being served since its beginning in 1993. There are offices in Mesa, Montrose, Delta and Ouray counties, with over 1,400 patients being served each year. Not all those use the facility behind the Miller Homestead, of course. A patient and the family can access hospice and palliative services in skilled nursing facilities as well as in their own homes. The fact of the matter is, those who receive hospice services live, on the average, 29 days longer than those who don’t. This professional group has done much to positively impact their patients and the patients’ families.

For example, in palliative care seriously ill patients receive services designed to minimize the impact of their illnesses, such as relieving pain and other physical symptoms. This is not a one-size-fits-all program. They also assist families by helping them choose the best care and treatment for their loved one. They coordinate the care between health care providers, and they address both the practical and financial needs that coincide with a seriously ill patient.

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