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.

Heartcast, Episode 2: Grief During a Pandemic

In episode 2 of Heartcast, Janna Kontz, Hospice of the Red River Valley grief specialist, discusses the losses and grief people are facing because of the pandemic. She also talks about practical tips that can be used to manage grief and loss. Click here to learn more about this topic.


Managing Grief During a Pandemic

by Janna Kontz, MDiv During this time of limited contact and connection, grief can accompany the struggles people are experiencing with COVID-19 challenges. Times are uncertain, and with that, come questions: How long will this last? When can we return to normal? Who can I see and who should I not see? Is it safe …


Heartcast, Episode 1: 40 Years of Compassionate Care

In the debut episode of Heartcast, a podcast of Hospice of the Red River Valley, Tracee Capron, executive director, reflects on the organization’s 40-year history and how it’s helping people live with dignity and meaning at the end of life. LISTEN NOW


Gladys Carlson

Hands in Care: Hospice Staff Serves as Important Link to Family  

Gladys Carlson always took great care and pride in her hands. She loved well-manicured hands—nails polished with the perfect shade of pink. Her hands were her constant confidants and the means to accomplish her favorite pastimes that included cooking, baking, playing bingo and dancing. And most importantly, they were her source of comfort and connection. …


Eating & Drinking at End of Life: Beneficial or Harmful?

By Roxanne Smedsrud, RN, CHPN One of the hardest things for a family to accept and understand is when a loved one quits eating and drinking near end of life. Families often don’t know exactly what is happening to the person who is dying. They question, “Is my loved one dehydrated? Are they starving?” These …


The Journey Home: Reflections on Grandma’s Passing

by Jordan Weeda Here we are. No more poking and prodding. No therapeutic goals to achieve. No pandemic protocols. No hurried doctors and nurses. This is a world of quiet voices, laughing great grandchildren in the other room, smells of food wafting from the kitchen, hand holding, hair brushing, foot rubbing, resting—just being. Grateful to …