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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.

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Finding Solace in Expressive Arts — Part 2: A Hands-on Approach

by Connie DeKrey, LSW, CT When I was a very small child, the favorite gift I received at Christmas was my first set of Play-Doh. Naturally I was drawn to the brightly colored lids atop enticing yellow cans. But oh, then to open them, revealing the soft, malleable mass of possibilities! I would occupy myself …

 

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Finding Solace in Expressive Arts — Part 1: In the Garden

by Connie DeKrey, LSW, CT The role of expressive arts in helping individuals move through their journey of grief is an idea that has always excited me. I have witnessed so many examples not only in my work as a bereavement specialist, but also in my personal life. While the concept of working through one’s …

 

Ruby Gramlow

From Ashley to Wyndmere: Hospice Nurse Covers Thousands of Miles Caring for Patients

Hospice of the Red River Valley’s registered nurses (RNs) specialize in pain control and symptom management for terminally ill individuals. They advocate for the patient and provide exceptional patient-centered care guided by the person’s wishes. They monitor vitals and manage all equipment, medications and supplies in the patient’s home. Another important aspect of the field …

 

Albert Shirek

Getting Things Right in the Final Season of Life

Albert Shirek remembers everything in life from age five on. As a life-long farmer, many of his memories stem from 33,000 hours on a tractor, combing the fields. He and his wife, Stephany, spent their lives on a farmstead, from birth through retirement. They understood firsthand the lesson imparted by famed businessman and philanthropist Howard …

 

5 Self-care Tips to be an Effective Caregiver

An American author and public speaker Jim Rohn once wrote, “One person caring for another represents life’s greatest value.” This value is instilled within many individuals who are responsible for caring for a loved one with a terminal diagnosis. For many, it may feel like a privilege and a reward to be entrusted with such …

 

Paul Fellbaum

Lidgerwood Community Celebrates Hospice Patient’s Passion for Photography

Paul Fellbaum spent his childhood years on the family’s New Effington, S.D., farm, surrounded by nature—a landscape in which he found much inspiration. At age eight, Paul’s Aunt Sharon gave him a camera for Christmas, setting in motion his lifelong passion for photography. “That summer, my baby brother was born, and I took all of …