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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.

Trust & Dignity Guide a Hospice Certified Nursing Assistant’s Work

Andrea Brend has worked in the service of others for decades—first for 32 years alongside an eye doctor, then at Luther Memorial Home, and since 2016 at Hospice of the Red River Valley. She describes her work as her calling. Andrea’s friends describe her as the most loving, caring, gifted person they know, and add, …

 

Heartcast, Episode 7: Father’s Day & Grief

In episode 7 of Heartcast, Kriston Wenzel, grief specialist with Hospice of the Red River Valley, shares about the different types of grief people experience around Father’s Day and offers tips to cope with the grief and expectations around the day.  Hospice of the Red River Valley welcomes the opportunity to help guide your journey …

 

Edvina and Savanna Hill

Hospice Helps Strengthen Bond, Make More Memories with Grandma

For Savanna Hill, cherished memories overflow the time spent at her grandparents’ home in Arthur, N.D. A small, tight-knit farming community about 30 minutes northwest of Fargo, it’s where Edvina “Eddie” and Gale Hill first set eyes on each other at the local bank. From that fateful moment on, Eddie couldn’t stop thinking about Gale, …

 

Sharon and Hilmer Baier in the rural Kulm home

Rural Kulm Couple Remain in Farm Home with Help from Hospice

The Baier farmhouse window frames a picturesque spring postcard of North Dakota’s famed Prairie Pothole region. Gently rolling hills remain covered with the stubble of last year’s corn crop. Thousands of geese swarm half thawed sloughs—the refueling stop on their annual journey north. Hilmer and Sharon Baier have shared this view for most of their …

 

Gardening & Grieving: Life Lessons on Pruning & Growth

by Connie DeKrey, LBSW, CT                                         The earliest of gardening chores involves cleaning away the debris left behind by winter. The melting away of snow gives way to a real mess! It can feel much the same following a season of personal loss. We may feel overwhelmed by the aftermath of practical tasks as well …

 

Heartcast, Episode 6: Celebrating the Role of a Hospice Volunteer

In episode 6 of Heartcast, Kristi Ostlund, Hospice of the Red River Valley volunteer coordinator, discusses the volunteer program offered by the organization. Volunteers provide critical support for our day-to-day work while changing lives and truly making a difference in their communities. There are many ways that volunteers can get involved at Hospice of the Red …