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Surviving Valentine’s Day with a Broken Heart

Alright. Breathe. Don’t panic. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I know some of you are dreading this day. While this holiday can be tough enough for some of us, those who are grieving this Valentine’s Day may have it worse. While your intentions may be to spend the day alone and sad,

Celebrating the Holidays when a Loved One is in Hospice

This time of year can be challenging for those who have a terminally ill loved one. If this friend or family member is in hospice, the holiday season may feel “off” or a little less joyous this year. While there are certainly challenges you will have to face, there are still ways you and your

My Experience as a Veteran Volunteer | A Personal Testimony

I first met Pat in May of 2019. I visited Pat over 9 times this summer, my last visit just two days before he passed away on August 23, 2019. When we were first introduced, we shook hands, and I remarked how his full name sounded so distinguished; he chuckled, looked at me and said

Fall Motorcycle Ride

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers with Hospice of the Midwest who took one of our patients on a beautiful, fall motorcycle ride! As one of the volunteers put it, “I feel blessed to be able to serve & make someone’s day a bit brighter!” Well, they definitely made this patient’s day brighter. Thank you

Team Abode Walks to End Alzheimer’s

Our team in Colorado Springs with Abode Hospice & Home Health participated in the Alzheimer’s walk in 2019. This video highlights some of the best parts of the day. Team bonding, supporting an important cause, getting dunks and making memories!

A Recital to Remember | Abode Hospice & Home Health

Many people have a passion that they develop and grow to love during their lifetime. For one of our patients, she dedicated many years of her life to performing and teaching students how to play the harp and piano. As a patient with Stage IV lung cancer, she has become increasingly weaker, forcing her to

Soaring Above & Beyond for Our Patients | Abode Hospice & Home Health

        Being able to grant our hospice patients one last wish is always a very heartwarming experience for everyone involved. In this case, having the chance to facilitate a flyover for this WWII fighter pilot and Vietnam veteran, who had been flying for more than 40 years, had everyone involved feeling a

All My Life’s a Circle | Hospice of the Midwest Music Therapy

Music therapy is an important part of what Hospice of the Midwest has to offer our patients. Our Music Therapist, Crystal Berkenes, provides services that help with pain management and end-of-life support. Crystal utilizes music and instrumentation to reach non-musical goals, increase self-expression and decrease anxiety or restlessness. Collaborating with team members who work with

The Calming Presence of Pet Therapy | Hospice of the Midwest

“Carol LOVES cats!” Community Liaison for Hospice of the Midwest, Nick Blees stated as he asked if we had a therapy cat and volunteer to visit Carol. Volunteer Lynnette had just the right cat, Noodle, to visit with Carol in her last weeks of life. Lynnette sat nearby as Carol would pet noodle, over and over

250 Reasons to Smile | Hospice of the Midwest

Earlier this month Hospice of the Midwest partnered with Junior High students from Open World Learning (OWL) in the West St. Paul Art Department. Since then, we have received 250 handmade watercolor cards from their 7th and 8th grade classes! The students learned about our hospice care through our Volunteer/Bereavement Coordinator, Nichole Paladie, with an