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.

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Making the Call to Hospice: What to Expect in the First Conversation

by Naomi Clark, RN, BSN, CHPN Contemplating care near the end of a person’s life can be emotional and challenging. Many times, conversations about end of life are delayed because …


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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 …


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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 …


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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 …


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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 …


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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 …