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How Volunteering for Hospice Changed My Life

Sometimes things are meant to be and fall into place. That’s what happened when I became a hospice volunteer for Care Dimensions.   After spending 15+ years in the corporate world working in advertising/marketing and online compliance and fraud prevention,

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April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

This is the 10-year anniversary of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), April 16, a day that was founded to inspire, educate and empower the public and health care providers about the importance of advance care planning. This special initiative creates

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Bishop Fenwick High School Knitting Club Seeks to Heal Hearts of Hospice Patients, Families

I learned to knit in the eighth grade when volunteering at the Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur Retirement Center in Ipswich. I was working toward my Girl Scout Silver Award and a Sister taught me how to create “prayer

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Pet Therapy Dog Tessie Brings Comfort to Hospice Patients

Wednesdays are the best day of the week!   My human says in a cheerful voice, “Do you want to go to the Kaplan House and put smiles on people’s faces?”   Off we go to visit patients at the

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Celebrating Hospice Social Workers

Hospice social workers stand up for people with advanced illness and their families in many ways. They are a supportive presence to the patient and family throughout the end-of-life journey.   In honor of National Social Work Month, Laci Gentry, LICSW,

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Books to Help Children Deal With Death, Grief, and Loss

Death is not an easy topic to talk about. It can make us feel scared and uneasy. Talking about it with children can be even more difficult. Using books can be a helpful way for parents, teachers, or other caregivers

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My Life in the Balance

During the two tough years of my husband’s illness, I lost my balance. Every consideration in my life was laser-focused on his well-being. I never doubted the vital importance of my full-time role as a caregiver; in fact, I considered

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Living with Advanced Cardiac Disease

February is American Heart Month, a time to take preventive measures to care for your cardiovascular system and learn more about living with cardiac disease.   According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 5.8

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Happily Ever After: Even Death Couldn’t End This Love Story

Gene and Helen Galipeau may have lived the consummate love story of their generation.   Both born in 1924, they met and fell in love during World War II. That love grew during nearly 72 years of marriage and culminated

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Volunteering for Hospice Brings Many Rewards

Death is not a stranger to me. Both my parents died before I was 30, and I have lost several other loved ones during the past 20 years.   In March 2016, my uncle spent his final days at the

"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."