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Hospice of the Red River Valley is a non-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.

Kristina Dathe

Hospice Nurse Reflects on Many Years of Providing Comfort, Compassion & Education  

For the past 15 years, Kristina Dathe has provided education, comfort and compassion to her patients as a nurse with Hospice of the Red River Valley. In this time, she’s …

 

Bunnie and Mike Messelt

Personal Losses Bond Couple Through Life’s Journey

Bunnie and Mike Messelt met through unusual circumstances. Their friendship and eventual relationship developed through intense personal loss. Bunnie first met Mike as a volunteer through the Hope Care Ministry …

 

Heartcast, Episode 9: Death & Funerals – How to Talk with Children

In episode 9 of Heartcast, Jennifer Messelt, Hospice of the Red River Valley grief specialist, discusses how to talk to children about death and funerals. Click here to learn more …

 

5 Tips for Talking with Kids about Death & Funerals

by Jennifer Messelt, LMSW, LGSW  Adults often question how or even if children should be involved when a loved one is dying. What do you tell children? Should kids attend …

 

What is Self-care? Tips for Practicing Self-care

by Kriston Wenzel, LBSW, CT “When you discover something that nourishes your soul and brings you joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” – …

 

Heartcast, Episode 8: How to Say Goodbye to a Loved One

In episode 8 of Heartcast, Janna Kontz, Hospice of the Red River Valley grief specialist, discusses ways to say goodbye to a loved one and how to approach goodbyes for …