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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.

5 Tips for Talking with Kids about Death & Funerals

by Jennifer Messelt, LMSW, LGSW  Adults often question how or even if children should be involved when a loved one is dying. What do you tell children? Should kids attend …

 

What is Self-care? Tips for Practicing Self-care

by Kriston Wenzel, LBSW, CT “When you discover something that nourishes your soul and brings you joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” – …

 

Heartcast, Episode 8: How to Say Goodbye to a Loved One

In episode 8 of Heartcast, Janna Kontz, Hospice of the Red River Valley grief specialist, discusses ways to say goodbye to a loved one and how to approach goodbyes for …

 

Grief & God

by Janna Benson Kontz, MDiv When we’re dealing with the death of someone who is important to us, we oftentimes struggle with the larger questions in life. Many times, those …

 

Nonprofit vs. For-profit Hospices: Key Differences

Every hospice provider is different, and patients and caregivers have a choice of which hospice organization they want to provide their end-of-life care in such a tender time in life. …

 

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 …