Supporting My Community Through the Walk for Hospice

I’ve always strongly believed in giving back to my community, so when a friend of mine asked me in 1997 if I would donate a few hours of my time as master of ceremonies at the Walk for Hospice in

‘Volunteer Vikings’ Go the Extra Mile at Walk for Hospice

As volunteer coordinator at Care Dimensions’ Kaplan Family Hospice House, I meet a lot of people who want to give back to our organization because they are grateful for the compassionate care their loved ones received at end of life.

Why I Love Being a Hospice Aide

Every workday, I meet hospice patients who are in the final stage of their lives. Many realize that death is approaching, and they are frightened.  It’s my goal to make them feel a little less afraid and more like the

‘Dad’s Dream Team’ Lives on at Walk for Hospice

Our dad, Tom DeVeau, became very sick over Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2016. At 81 years old, he had been functioning fine with the help of oxygen for his COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), but his symptoms suddenly got much

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

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