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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.

Hospice Volunteer Remains Connected with Patients Despite Visit Restrictions

In light of COVID-19, Hospice of the Red River Valley’s in-person volunteer activities have been temporarily paused to protect both our patients and volunteers. Even during this time, our volunteers are finding creative, meaningful ways to connect with patients. Hospice of the Red River Valley Volunteer Lee Roggenkamp is spreading cheer to patients by recording …

 

Offering Comfort & Education: A Hospice Nurse’s Calling to Care

Hospice nurses take on a critical role in caring for terminally ill patients and their families. Providing comfort is 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 …

 

Hospice patient Terry Nelson with her daughter, Pat.

World War II Veteran, 107-Year-Old Bismarck Resident Finds Comfort with Hospice Care

“I, Lorena Charlotte, am the only living member of my family, the eldest daughter born August 27, 1912, in Chicago, Illinois, weighing three and three quarter pounds.” So opens the memoir of nation’s oldest-living member of the SPARs, the women’s branch of the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II. The opening line of Lorena …

 

Steve Johnson_Heirlooms Assistant Manager_man standing next to retail counter

Heirlooms Employee Brings Knowledge, Love of Antiques to the Store

Heirlooms Thrift & Gift is an upscale resale store and gift shop benefitting Hospice of the Red River Valley. It’s a one-stop destination for new and gently used furniture, clothing, housewares, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, gift items, greeting cards, home décor and more. Community members generously donate the merchandise sold in the thrift store. The store …

 

Threads of Love Create a Patchwork of Support for Woman on Hospice

A family stitched together with love seldom unravels. – Letty Cottin Pogrebin A living room is transformed into a bustling sewing room. There sit neatly folded fabrics of all sizes and colors, partially completed quilts and other hopeful patterns and plans. The room now whirrs with the comforting hum of sewing machines and the snip …

 

Social Distancing & Grief: 5 Tips for Good Self-care

by Janel Ruby, LBSW Does it feel like overnight the world as you know it has changed? If it does, you aren’t alone. Trying to balance the recommended guidelines for social distancing while grieving can be daunting. Does your daily life look different right now? Yes. Will this go on indefinitely? No. Taking good care …