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Papi’s Peeps Prepare for Walk for Hospice

Donald “Ace” Adams was a man who knew what he liked. He loved listening to Sunday morning Jazz, going to flea markets, and following the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.   A Concord native, Ace, as he was

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Ipswich Coach Woodworth’s Legacy Lives On

Editor’s Note: Doug Woodworth lived his life in the service of others. A beloved teacher, coach and mentor, he passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House on December 13, 2015. Doug’s wife, Maureen, recalls Doug’s vibrant life and the

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Taking the Walk for Hospice to Heart

When some fellow employees from the Provider Relations department at Care Dimensions issued a Walk for Hospice challenge earlier this year, I saw an opportunity.   Not only could I form a Walk team of co-workers and raise money, but

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Hospice Patient Grateful His Poetry Preserved by Volunteer

Benedict “Ben” Gesmundo of Haverhill, MA, has never thought of himself as a poet.  Although he wrote several hundred poems over 50 years, he rarely shared them. Poetry was an outlet for Ben. When he felt inspired to get his

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My Introduction to Reiki

Before I started working for Care Dimensions, I had a vague idea of what Reiki was, as I recalled my massage therapist talking about a treatment she had a few years ago.  She said the Reiki practitioner uses a very

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Keeping Mom’s Spirit Alive at Walk for Hospice

When I was growing up, my mom shared stories with me about her work day. I had friends whose mothers were out in the workforce, too, but they didn’t hear stories like I did.   My mom was a hospice

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37, Gay, and a Widower

I am a 37-year-old gay widower living in Boston’s South End.  I never thought I would string those three words together.  I didn’t really even know what “gay” was for most of my high school and college years. I certainly

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Yoga for Living with Loss

In 2015, my best friend of 40 years, confidant, and soul sister, Kaiya, passed away from brain cancer. I was by her side and devastated by her death. Only three months later, my sister, Susie, succumbed to lung cancer. How

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Care Dimensions Advocates Planning for Medicare Hospice Patients

Hospice patients on Medicare would have greater access to advance care planning and end-of-life discussions with their care teams under proposed legislation. Care Dimensions staff members and more than 200 hospice supporters from across the U.S. championed the bills this

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Helping Hospice Patients by Honoring Papa

"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."