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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.

Landon Solberg family

Of Light & Love: Hospice Helps Solberg Family Care for Their Young Son

Landon Solberg’s eyes were as blue as the sky, his hair golden like a sunray, and a heart that radiated even more warmth. His smile was contagious, and his spirit lit up any room he occupied. But more than anything, Landon was incredibly kind and thoughtful; traits he is beloved for and well-remembered. “Landon was …

 

5 Ways to Help Teens Grieve

by Janna Benson Kontz, MDiv The death of a loved one is a difficult and profound lesson for any of us. Now imagine you’re already living in a continual and changing swirl of emotions even before someone you love dies. Teens are in a constant state of change even without something as dramatic and life-altering …

 

7 Tips to Help You Provide Dignity While Caring for Another Person

by Renda Brooks, LPN Dignity is a basic human need; it’s our sense of self-worth, respect and esteem. Preserving dignity in another person means respecting their whole self and caregiving in a way that respects their preferences and individuality. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a caregiver is to know you’ve provided dignified …

 

Renda Brooks

Bismarck Hospice Nurse Finds Joy in the Care

Georgia-native Renda Brooks moved to Bismarck, N.D., three years ago. She was drawn to the beautiful landscape and not only the openness of the terrain, but also the people. At her core, Renda possesses a deep love and passion for others. You can see it in her warm smile and when her eyes light up …

 

5 Conversations to Have When a Loved One Nears the End of Life

by Ruby Gramlow, RN During my time as a hospice nurse, I’ve witnessed many of our patients take their last breaths. Many times, when someone is surrounded by those they love and their wishes are honored, there is a great sense of peace when they pass. It’s beautiful to witness.   I’ve also noticed similarities, from …

 

Signs & Symptoms of Pain

Signs & Symptoms of Pain at End of Life

If you or your loved one has a terminal illness, managing your pain is a high priority. Pain can be many things to many people; it can be described in many ways. People most naturally tend to think of their physical pain, but pain can also be emotional and spiritual. Physical pain can be caused …