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 …

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 …

Don’t Wait to Find a Place of Refuge with Hospice Care

Special thanks to Judy Peterson for contributing her and her husband Lynn’s experience with Hospice of the Red River Valley. This post was published with permission from Judy. In Webster’s dictionary, the definition under ‘hospice’ states that it stands for hospitality, a place of refuge for a traveler. Now, I do not know the Hospice …

Using Her Voice: Detroit Lakes Teacher Gains Gifts of Time, Joy on Hospice Care

A great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart. Laurie Meyer-Olson is a teacher. Her mannerisms, eye contact and authoritative yet comforting voice commands attention in the way one would expect from someone who has spent a lifetime instructing others. It’s a voice whose carefully measured responses shaped the futures of …

Hawley resident finds normalcy, friendship on hospice care

Richard “Dick” Beckett was miserable and just wanted to be done taking so many pills. Heart disease and the side effects of his medication had eroded his quality of life. Chronic pain and fluid build-up made him so uncomfortable that his family feared he was at the end of his life. He planned to stop …

The Blessing of Care: Why I Chose Hospice Care

Dear friends, My mother received hospice care, and when I reflect on what they did for our family, I am inspired to share our story. My beautiful mom, Corky, had dementia and other medical complications. Since my father’s passing eight years ago, my brother and I had the privilege of caring for her. Mom’s health took …

A Mother’s Wish is Granted with Help from Hospice

Editor’s note: This article is used with permission by the Lakes Country Connection. Agnes Gross is one of those classic people of the greatest generation. A solid citizen, loving wife, who raised her kids, paid her taxes and went to church each week. But now she finds herself on Hospice. Agnes is battling Ball Fungus …

Faith and Family: Dependable Hospice Care Keeps Grand Forks Man in His Home

A well-worn Bible lies within easy reach of Bob Becker’s recliner. The creased cover and dog-eared pages provide evidence of the many hours its owner’s hands have opened it. “I read it often and have read it cover to cover,” Bob said. “Every word holds some importance.” Each moment is increasingly important to Bob. While …

Preserving Meaningful Moments: Valley City Resident Lives Well With Hospice Care

Sometimes, just being able to enjoy your cherished hobbies means so much, and helps you feel like yourself when facing a delicate time in life. Since Leo Hecker, 88, hung up his spurs and saddle as a ranch hand 20 years ago, his days have been filled with selfless service for a cause near to his heart. With purpose...

The Circle of Life: A Daughter Reflects on Caring for Her Father

A father is often one’s first source of strength, comfort, safety and stability for a daughter. The special bond formed between the two is unlike any other, and it’s one which is seldom outgrown. As life evolves and transforms so does this type of relationship, and with age, many daughters find themselves serving in a similar role for their...