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Reported by Chip Washington

Hospice now helping residents survive the economic crisis

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC) - A DeSoto County hospice known for helping Mississippi residents with their health are now helping them survive the economic crisis.

Hospice care is usually what we think of before the loss of a loved one, but for the staff of Omega Hospice Care in DeSoto County, their memories will live on for years to come.

The loss of someone you care about can be difficult anytime, but one Mississippi hospice care facility is making sure the memories of those individuals are honored in a very unique way.

The owner says the idea came to her from a higher power.

Owner Ramona Matthews-Davis said, "I asked God to reveal to me some way that I could stay humble, to make sure that I never forget why I was called into hospice and that's to take hospice to another level."

Davis owns Omega Care hospice and said the boutique thrift store in Olive Branch was a way to honor her former patients.

She said it was important to make the store's style reflective of those she served.

Davis said, "The couture started as what would make a difference of it not being just another thrift store. That comes from not accepting just anything because when I step into this store it's a reminder of that wall there."

That wall bears the names of patients she cared for since she began the hospice in 2004.

Kimberly Cozart lost her father in 2004.

She said being honored in this way is almost beyond words.

Cozart said, "Nobody knows unless they've lost a loved one what it means to that person's family that someone would go to this extreme."

Davis emphasized sales from the thrift shop do not go into the store operating budget.

Those funds are used to provide anything extra her patients might need in their last days.

She says for her this is more than a business, it's a calling.

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