Blog

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.

Renda Brooks

Bismarck Hospice Nurse Finds Joy in the Care

Georgia-native Renda Brooks moved to Bismarck, N.D., three years ago. She was drawn to the beautiful landscape and not only the openness of the terrain, but also the people. At her core, Renda possesses a deep love and passion for others. You can see it in her warm smile and when her eyes light up …

 

5 Conversations to Have When a Loved One Nears the End of Life

by Ruby Gramlow, RN During my time as a hospice nurse, I’ve witnessed many of our patients take their last breaths. Many times, when someone is surrounded by those they love and their wishes are honored, there is a great sense of peace when they pass. It’s beautiful to witness.   I’ve also noticed similarities, from …

 

How to Support a Friend Who is Ill

by Kriston Wenzel, LBSW, CT It’s hard to know exactly what to do when a friend is facing an illness. You can feel stuck in how to “be” around your friend—not knowing what to do or say, or if you can even help. You also may have many questions about his or her illness that …

 

Hospice Patient, Family Celebrate 102nd Birthday Amid COVID-19

Joy is not canceled. Kindness is not canceled. And most of all, life is not canceled. COVID-19 may have forced extra precautions, changed our routines and altered our plans, but the virus cannot prevent the human spirit from enduring—even thriving. No one can speak better to the trials and tribulations of life than those who …

 

The Mourner’s Guide to Grief

by Janna Benson Kontz, MDiv Your grief is your grief, and it belongs to you alone. This sentiment may seem obvious. But it’s a good reminder as you may encounter many well-meaning friends and family members who want so badly to help you. Others may try to help by telling you how they think your …

 

Casey Donarski hospice registered nurse

Hospice Nurse Finds Fulfillment Providing Patient Advocacy and Comfort

A Hospice nurse takes on a critical role in caring for terminally ill patients and their families. Providing comfort and advocating for patients is always their primary focus. Hospice of the Red River Valley’s registered nurses (RNs) are specially trained in pain control and symptom management. They provide exceptional patient-centered care guided by the individual’s …