Patient & Family Stories

Laurie Meyer-Olson

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 …


Hospice of the Red River Valley patient Bob Becker enjoys a quiet afternoon at home.

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 …


Leo Hecker

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 …


Brenda Giere

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 …


Hospice Employees Help Couple Celebrate Their 25th Wedding Anniversary

The old saying, “love at first sight,” rings true for Cyndy and Tony Andren, a Valley City, N.D., couple, who recently celebrated 25 years of marriage, filled with love, compassion, faith and family. Their courtship began as friendly neighbors and effortlessly grew into a deeper affection. “I really started to notice Tony when I witnessed …