Hospice Patient, Family Celebrate 102nd Birthday Amid COVID-19

Joy is not canceled. Kindness is not canceled. And most of all, life is not canceled. COVID-19 may have forced extra precautions, changed our routines and altered our plans, but the virus cannot prevent the human spirit from enduring—even thriving. No one can speak better to the trials and tribulations of life than those who …

Hospice patient Terry Nelson with her daughter, Pat.

World War II Veteran, 107-Year-Old Bismarck Resident Finds Comfort with Hospice Care

“I, Lorena Charlotte, am the only living member of my family, the eldest daughter born August 27, 1912, in Chicago, Illinois, weighing three and three quarter pounds.” So opens the memoir of nation’s oldest-living member of the SPARs, the women’s branch of the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II. The opening line of Lorena …

Threads of Love Create a Patchwork of Support for Woman on Hospice

A family stitched together with love seldom unravels. – Letty Cottin Pogrebin A living room is transformed into a bustling sewing room. There sit neatly folded fabrics of all sizes and colors, partially completed quilts and other hopeful patterns and plans. The room now whirrs with the comforting hum of sewing machines and the snip …

Donna Ebeling

A Pillar of Perham Community Finds Peace with Hospice Care

Gerald (Gary) and Donna Ebeling built a lifetime of memories in 53 years of marriage. Opposites attract, they say. For Gary and Donna this adage rings true. He enjoyed traveling and she is more of a homebody. Gary had a more serious disposition, while Donna is light-hearted. But they shared a fondness and respect for …

A Love Like No Other: Parents Care for Infant Son with Help of Hospice

Gauge Niemeier had soft, wispy red hair—a trait his father Trent beams about because every generation of the Niemeiers has just one boy with red hair. His beautiful blue eyes were just like his mom, Brandi’s. Gauge’s spirit shined, exemplifying hope, light and unwavering resilience. He was the apple of his parents’ eyes. Gauge was …

Angie Judd

Hospice CNA Discovers Full-circle Connection with Patient

Angie Milner has cared for hundreds of patients in her four-plus years as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) with Hospice of the Red River Valley. In early February, a chance encounter with a patient revealed an unexpected connection. The experience reaffirmed for Angie why she loves her job. As a “float” CNA, Angie travels wherever …

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 …