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Hospice of the Red River Valley is a not-for-profit hospice that provides intensive comfort care to enhance quality of life for individuals with life-limiting illnesses. Our site shares patient, caregiver and volunteer stories—demonstrating how hospice allows people to live well, and tools and resources about end-of-life and grief.

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Heirlooms Employee Brings Knowledge, Love of Antiques to the Store

Heirlooms Thrift & Gift is an upscale resale store and gift shop benefitting Hospice of the Red River Valley. It’s a one-stop destination for new and gently used furniture, clothing, housewares, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, gift items, greeting cards, home décor and more. Community members generously donate the merchandise sold in the thrift store. The store …

 

Threads of Love Create a Patchwork of Support for Woman on Hospice

A family stitched together with love seldom unravels. – Letty Cottin Pogrebin A living room is transformed into a bustling sewing room. There sit neatly folded fabrics of all sizes and colors, partially completed quilts and other hopeful patterns and plans. The room now whirrs with the comforting hum of sewing machines and the snip …

 

Social Distancing & Grief: 5 Tips for Good Self-care

by Janel Ruby, LBSW Does it feel like overnight the world as you know it has changed? If it does, you aren’t alone. Trying to balance the recommended guidelines for social distancing while grieving can be daunting. Does your daily life look different right now? Yes. Will this go on indefinitely? No. Taking good care …

 

5 Tips to Help with Long-distance Caregiving

by Janna Kontz, MDiv Caregiving is rewarding, and it’s also a tough road to travel. When you are unable to be physically present with the person you are helping care for, it’s even tougher. Many families these days are spread across the country or globe. Physical distance can make a challenging situation even more overwhelming …

 

How Do You Grieve When You Can’t Attend the Funeral or Participate in Rituals?

by Janna Kontz, MDiv William Kent Krueger writes in “Ordinary Grace:” “I had been to visitations before and have been to many since and I’ve come to understand that there’s a good deal of value in the ritual accompanying death. It’s hard to say goodbye and almost impossible to accomplish this alone and ritual is …

 

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A Pillar of Perham Community Finds Peace with Hospice Care

Gerald (Gary) and Donna Ebeling built a lifetime of memories in 53 years of marriage. Opposites attract, they say. For Gary and Donna this adage rings true. He enjoyed traveling and she is more of a homebody. Gary had a more serious disposition, while Donna is light-hearted. But they shared a fondness and respect for …