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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.

The Blessing of Care: Why I Chose Hospice Care

Dear friends, My mother received hospice care, and when I reflect on what they did for our family, I am inspired to share our story. My beautiful mom, Corky, had dementia and other medical complications. Since my father’s passing eight years ago, my brother and I had the privilege of caring for her. Mom’s health …

 

A Caregiver Checklist: 5 Things to Prepare When Caring for a Loved One at Home

As Rosalyn Carter noted, “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need a caregiver.” Understanding that caregiving is a universal experience means that we don’t have to view it as uncharted territory. We …

 

Agnes Gross

A Mother’s Wish is Granted with Help from Hospice

Editor’s note: This article is used with permission by the Lakes Country Connection. Agnes Gross is one of those classic people of the greatest generation. A solid citizen, loving wife, who raised her kids, paid her taxes and went to church each week. But now she finds herself on Hospice. Agnes is battling Ball Fungus …

 

Ethel Wischer

Heirlooms Thrift & Gift Volunteer Enjoys Community & Respite in Giving Back

For the past 15 years, Ethel Wischer has spent Thursday afternoons volunteering in the stockroom at Heirlooms Thrift & Gift, a resale store benefitting Hospice of the Red River Valley. Every week she joyfully secures an apron around her waist, rolls up her sleeves and carefully unpacks, washes, shines and polishes the generously donated items. …

 

Heirlooms Thrift & Gift Celebrates 15 Years of Supporting Hospice of the Red River Valley!

In 2002, leaders of Hospice of the Red River Valley had a bold idea. They imagined an additional revenue source to support the organization—an upscale, resale store. Months later, after countless hours of planning, uncertainty and anxiety, their dream was born. Heirlooms officially opened its doors in September 2003. Today, 10 years later, Heirlooms is flourishing as a sophisticated destination for gently used, high quality goods. And, all proceeds support the important mission of Hospice of the Red River...

 

Kriston Wenzel

Hospice Grief Specialist Companions Individuals Through Their Grief

We recognize that the death of a loved one can be one of the most stressful life events a person can experience—whether the death is expected or not. Grief is a natural part of life, but it affects everyone differently, including how a person feels, thinks, behaves—even what they believe. Part of Hospice of the …