Embracing the Final Journey: Hospice Helps Husband Care for Wife with Alzheimer’s

“I will take care of you as long as I can,” Bill explained to his wife, Judy, in May 2008 after leaving the doctor’s office. Judy had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “That was the only time she questioned what would happen to her when she didn’t know anyone anymore,” he said. “She never asked again after I...

An Attitude of Gratitude: Couple Gives Thanks for Extra Support

During any visit with Mike, a Hospice of the Red River Valley patient, and his wife, Eileen, you quickly realize you’re gaining an unintentional education in grace and gratitude. The couple is warm, welcoming and unassuming. Mike faces serious health challenges, but rather than becoming bitter, they are acutely aware of the blessings and kindness surrounding them. In mid-September, Mike...

Reaching the End Zone: Hospice Staff Go Long for Patient

Woven tightly into the fabric of his life, sports and a sense of brotherhood remain close at heart for Dennis, Hospice of the Red River Valley patient. Even with a prognosis of five to six months to live, Dennis and his partner, Cindy, are determined to make the most of the time he has left by living life to...

Passion for Learning Bonds Hospice Patient and Chaplain

Hospice care may not readily come to mind as an intersection for science and spirituality, but for one patient and his chaplain, the connection they’ve forged was built from discussions about these very topics. Dr. Watson, a retired internist and a current patient receiving care from Hospice of the Red River Valley, approaches the world from a clinical, scientific perspective. During...

Salute to Service: Hospice Cares for Veteran

For Bob, Hospice of the Red River Valley patient, the Pledge of Allegiance is etched in the fabric of his life and memories past, as he gazed contentedly out the window at his picturesque farmstead. He sat upright in a hospital bed in his bedroom, watching the comings and goings of life on the farm where he shared his...

True Grit: Patient Celebrates a Year on Hospice Care

For 365 days, Duane, Hospice of the Red River Valley patient, has received hospice care in his home, with his beloved wife, JoAnn, by his side. Each day is an adventure that Duane has met with true grit, gratitude and a little humor. A year ago, Duane left the hospital for the last time with a three-week prognosis. His persistent...

Heart to Heart: Hospice Staff a Precious Aid to a Patient

Mark Twain once said, “Praise is well, compliment is well, but affection—that is the last and final and most precious reward that any man can win, whether by character or achievement.” Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Jenny, at Hospice of the Red River Valley, has earned that ultimate prize—affection—from our patient, Caroline. At age 89, Caroline was accustomed to taking care...

A Dream Comes True for a Hospice Patient

  [caption id="attachment_1423" align="alignleft" width="150"] Sonny with his daughter, Pam[/caption] Sweet Surprise On a rural farm in Ulen, Minn., a long-sought-after dream came true for Sonny, Hospice of the Red River Valley patient, when he received a phone call from Nashville, Tenn. On the other end of the telephone Sonny heard the voice of his favorite country music singer, Bill Anderson (also...

Marjorie Wright Enjoys the Comforts of Home

Enjoying the Comforts of Home with Hospice

Receiving a terminal diagnosis raises a flood of emotion. For those living in rural communities with limited medical resources, an additional fear can be the need to travel hundreds of miles for doctor’s appointments or face hospitalization in a city far from home. When Marjorie Wright of Gwinner, N.D., received such a diagnosis, she immediately knew she wanted something better....

Irwin and Cora

Sharing the Last Journey: A Love Story

“The love they shared and demonstrated was unbelievably strong—a relationship many people had never witnessed.”   “We have talked, and we have prayed we will be able to leave this earth together.” Irvin and his wife of 69 years, Cora, shared this decision with their daughter, Pat, several times during the last months of their lives. Irvin and Cora’s love story began...