Learning From Hospice Patients on Their End-of-Life Journey

I sat at the yellow-stained wooden dinner table, bumping against the edge of a sticky table mat, trying to muster the dexterity of my seven-year-old self to pick up each remaining grain of rice with my chopsticks. My parents were

BankGloucester Remembers Co-worker While Helping Other Hospice Patients

Since 2001, BankGloucester has hosted Care Dimensions’ annual Tree of Lights ceremony for Cape Ann communities as a way to help local grieving residents get through the holidays, but this year’s event is also personal for Bank President Patrick Thorpe

3 Ways to Support Grieving Teens Who Use Social Media

Note: While this article is published in support of Children’s Grief Awareness Day on November 15 (https://www.facebook.com/ChildrensGriefAwarenessDay/), we hope parents of grieving teens find it useful throughout the year.   Social media has become a large part of many adolescents’

Providing Special End-of-Life Care for Veterans

As our nation marks Veterans Day and the celebration of Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Care Dimensions wants to share its commitment to increase veterans’ access to compassionate, high-quality hospice and palliative care for those who are facing serious and

Hospice Massage Therapist: ‘It’s OK to Say Goodbye’

I have had the opportunity to attend some funerals for families that have been on our hospice services for a long time. Although asked many times to attend, I typically bow out graciously thinking that my job with them is

Living With Grief: Learning How to Survive After Loss

Life was good.   My wife, MaryAnn, and I had a great family with two awesome children. We also had many friends, held good jobs, and looked ahead to planning for our future.   But tragedy hit our family hard

Love, Kindness Offer Hope, Healing in Wake of Pittsburgh Massacre

Note: Care Dimensions President and CEO Pat Ahern sent the following message to all Care Dimensions employees following the October 27 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, that killed 11 people.   Each week, I struggle

Nurturing Spirituality in a Challenging World

Note: Oct. 21-27 is Spiritual Care Week, also known as Pastoral Care Week. Care Dimensions recognizes the spiritual caregivers in our midst and the ministry they provide.   “Who am I? Why am I here? What’s the value of my

10 Questions to Ask When Starting New Medication

More than four billion prescriptions were filled at retail pharmacies throughout the United States last year.* Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but we must learn how they can best be used in our own bodies.

I’m a Nurse and Voting No on Ballot Question 1

I am CEO of Care Dimensions, the largest hospice organization in Massachusetts, and a nurse who worked for nearly 30 years in the emergency room and critical care units of a hospital, and I’m voting No on Ballot Question 1.

"Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts."