Husband Entrusts Hospice To Care For His Wife In Her Final Year

Beginning with a long courtship and throughout 63 years of marriage, Larry and Marcella MacLeod experienced a life together full of depth, adventure and, above all, love. Both small-town natives, they knew of each other because they were from neighboring towns, but they each moved away to pursue successful careers. It wasn’t until several years…
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A Natural Death

A “Natural” Death: It’s About Perspective

by Janna Benson Kontz, MDIV The words “death” and “natural” may seem like anything but natural. The question remains: Why are we so afraid to talk about death and afraid of death in general? Death is a natural part of life. If we are born, we will die … yet, we celebrate birth, but we…
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Year End Appeal_Dr. Langlois

My Hospice Story: To Do More Than Cure, Treat And Fix

I am a physician. It’s my calling. I have been taught to cure, treat and fix the patient at all costs. It’s what I do. Or, perhaps more accurately, it’s what I did. I am still a physician. It is still my calling. But the purpose of my work has shifted. I’ve learned much during…
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Resources to help you navigate the holidays

Resources To Help You Navigate The Holidays

by Cheryl Link, LSW, CT Grieving the loss of a loved one throughout the year, especially during the holiday season and other specials days, can be challenging. Is it possible to mourn and celebrate at the same time? While it is difficult to cope with the pain of loss while others are celebrating, there are…
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Julie and Arlene

A Beautiful Bond: Hospice Helps Family Live Each Day To The Fullest

Seize the day. In the Kottsick home, these are not just words hanging on the wall, but a daily reminder. For the past 12 years, Julie Kottsick, a mom of two and wife of nearly 22 years, has lived with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This incurable, progressive disease attacks…
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