Marilyn Linsalata

Hospice Volunteer Makes Memories of a Lifetime

Celebration Bears are handmade by Hospice of the Red River Valley volunteers. They are made from a loved one’s clothing as a keepsake to honor their memory. For the recipients, …

Gail Sunny Prudhomme

Longtime Volunteer Pays It Forward

Gail “Sunny” Prudhomme’s passion for volunteering was in part sparked by her father’s experience with Hospice of the Red River Valley. She was working fulltime helping two kids through college …

Sew Happy to Serve: Hospice Volunteer Expands Her Skillset and Perspective

Sew Happy to Serve: Hospice Volunteer Expands Her Skillset and Perspective

[caption id="attachment_4886" align="alignright" width="226"] Barb Bohm, Hospice of the Red River Valley volunteer[/caption] Fifteen years ago, Barb Bohm chose a lovely way to spend more time with her daughter while giving back through volunteering with Hospice of the Red River Valley. Since then, the pair has experienced priceless life lessons together. “My daughter and I began volunteering together in 2003. At...

Hospice Volunteer Shares Music From the Heart With Patients

Hospice Volunteer Shares Music From the Heart With Patients

The patient sleeps most of the time, even when she has visitors. But Julie Aanenson heard her singing, just a little bit, the last time she visited. As a Hospice of the Red River Valley volunteer, Julie sings and plays music for the patients she sees. “The patient was otherwise nonresponsive,” Julie said. “I can say goodbye to her,...

Warren W.

Lisbon-Area Volunteer Is Familiar Face and Comforting Presence to Hospice Patients

Warren Wiltse is a man with many roles: family man, caregiver, retired farmer and rancher, life-long Lisbon, N.D., resident; world traveler, local Kiwanis Club member (for the past 35 years), Gideons International member (for the past 59 years), friend to many, storyteller and conversationalist. One more role looms large in Warren’s heart and in his community: long-time Hospice of the...

Steve Anglin

Hospice Volunteer’s Experiences Encourage Open Communication About End-of-Life

If there’s one topic that’s generally avoided in casual conversation, it’s death and dying. The lack of conversation and planning before end-of-life can lead to confusion within families, missed opportunities to honor final wishes and a general sense of discomfort. Still most people will purposefully avoid talking about death. Not Steve Anglin. Steve, a volunteer with Hospice of the...

Bethany Freeland

The Power of Friendship

The purpose of any hospice volunteer program is to provide companionship and support to patients. But in Hospice of the Red River Valley Volunteer Bethany Freeland’s experience, the program provides so much more than companionship. As a pre-med major and current hospice volunteer, Bethany’s experiences are shaping her mindset and enhancing skills that she will take with her into...