Why I Volunteer at Camp Stepping Stones for Grieving Children

As a special needs preschool teacher’s assistant at the Riverside School in Danvers, MA, I work each day with a myriad of children, all with different abilities and personalities. All of them make me smile. I am drawn to helping

Why I’ll Always be Grateful for Hospice

When I was 25, I was living at home with my father in Gloucester, MA. My two older brothers had left the house, and my mom was living in Maine. I had begun my career as an artist, but couldn’t

Helping Patients, Families Understand Benefits of Hospice

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.   As a hospice admissions nurse for Care Dimensions, I know this saying well because I live it every day.   Once someone with advanced illness has called us

Telling Veterans’ Stories for the Memory of Others

As Memorial Day approaches and we as a nation remember the service members we’ve lost in conflicts near and far, I sometimes wonder who and what it is we are trying to remember.  What lifts these men and women off

Sifting Through a Lifetime of Mother’s Days

Note: This article originally appeared in Jewish Journal.   As Mother’s Day approaches, I’m flooded with memories of those gone by. Some are happy, some are sad, but each one is a part of me, of the person I am

Nurse and Patient: When Lives Intersect

In the early ‘80’s I was absolutely convinced that the only thing standing between life and death was me:  the trusty, capable and ever-vigilant bedside nurse in the critical care unit (CCU). I was like a sharp shooter with all

Shared Stories Bring Meaning, Joy at End of Life

Note: As we celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12), we’ve asked veteran nurse Trudy Miller to reflect on what drew her to nursing, why she chose hospice nursing, and what inspires her.   I love meeting people, and

Brightening Hospice Patients’ Days

Sometimes a simple friendly gesture can make all the difference, especially for someone who is living with a serious illness.   Recently, during Patient Experience Week, Care Dimensions provided carnations for clinical staff members to deliver to patients on our

Care Dimensions Advocates for Hospice in Capitol Hill Meetings

Two Care Dimensions clinical directors joined 260 other hospice supporters from across the nation on Wednesday in Capitol Hill meetings that stressed preserving timely access to high quality hospice care for patients and their families.   The meetings with congressional

Artwork Connects Hospice Mission with Local Scenery, History

When I was asked to create art for the new Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, MA, I knew where to go for inspiration.   As I’ve written previously, I am inspired by nature. I sought to create a group

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