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.

Man's hand on woman's back providing comfort

Who’s Got Your Back? Hospice Chaplain Explains Role of Support Systems

by Pastor Randy Spahr A story I often like to share is about love and support. In the story, a teacher asks her kindergarten class what they’d like to be …


Larry Zahradka

Community Relations Specialist Empowers Patients Through Education

Hospice of the Red River Valley provides communities with education about different healthcare plans and options as a way of empowering people to make their own health decisions. As a …


Hospice of the Red River Valley nurse talks with a caregiver

Understanding the Four Levels of Hospice Care

by Chelsey Pollert, RN Hospice care helps people live well during life’s final months with intensive, comfort-focused care. It includes pain and symptom management, medication and equipment needs, emotional and …


elderly woman sitting in wheelchair holding a tea cup and saucer

Navigating Care: 8 Tips to Help You Decide What is Right for You & Your Loved One

by Robyn Johnson, LSW, CT Taking care of yourself in addition to a declining loved one can be challenging. Caregiving is a labor of love, all-consuming journey, and in many …


Female character in different phases of sadness

The Grief You’re Feeling is Normal & Tips for Coping With It

by Janel Ruby, LBSW Is there a “normal” way to feel grief? Grief is a normal, natural part of the human experience. Every person grieves a loss in their lifetime—whether …


Corey Knauss

Hospice Nurse Uses Holistic, Individualized Care to Connect with Patients

Corey Knauss has served people his entire life. His passion for caring for people eventually lead him to obtain his registered nurse (RN) degree, which brought him to hospice care. …