Mary Sluke sitting near a hot air balloon

Uplifting Experience: Hospice Patient Enjoys Hot Air Balloon Ride

On an early fall morning, Hospice of the Red River Valley Patient Mary Sluke was up with the birds, quite literally. She awoke with excitement in the air and prepared for the ride of a lifetime in a hot air balloon. Mary and her family set off from their West Fargo home through the backroads …

Donovan Johnson_family on a pontoon

One More Fishing Trip Creates Family Memories for Hospice Patient

The view from Donovan (Don) Johnson’s window at Pelican Valley Health Center overlooks a fishing pier and pond in the heart of downtown Pelican Rapids, Minn. Lily pads bob and pencil reeds ring the outer fringes of the pond, a scenic oasis of nature created by an iconic dam in the middle of the town …

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 …

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 …