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Join Pet Therapy Dog Patrick at Walk for Hospice

By way of introduction, my name is Patrick! I am proud to say I was the first Therapy Dog for Care Dimensions. My work began seven years ago when I arrived from Arizona where I was initially trained to be

The Kaplan House: A Place of Solitude and Peace

  By: Susan Hughes from Marblehead   My husband of 31 years, Jay, passed away in August 2014 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House after battling pancreatic cancer for two years. The last few weeks prior were spent in the

Beyond the Classroom

An Inside Look at the Hospice Nurse Residency Program   By Erin Dunphy, RN   Since I last wrote, I have been spending more time visiting patients with my nurse preceptor, Tracey Schwartz. I am learning so much from all

An Inside Look at Care Dimensions’ New Hospice Nurse Residency Program

By Erin Dunphy, RN Care Dimensions Hospice Nurse Resident   Care Dimensions launched a new hospice nurse residency program in August 2015. A one-of-a-kind program, it gives nurses without experience in hospice additional classroom and in the field training to

The Edge of Grief: A Summer Reflection

By Ellen Frankel, LCSW   This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post.    “The pain passes but the beauty remains.” — Pierre August Renoir   Will it ever stop hurting so much? Will we ever get over the grief?

Who Will Speak for YOU if You Are Too Ill to Speak for Yourself?

Most Americans are very clear when asked to envision what medical treatments they want if faced with a life-limiting illness or accident, yet the statistics show that only about one-third of adults have any documents in place expressing their wishes

When Should A Family Call Hospice?

People facing a serious illness are often overwhelmed by a multitude of physical, financial, emotional and spiritual concerns. All too often, a simple call to hospice is delayed because of the misconception that hospice services are only for patients about

Helping Grieving Children

by Kristen Goodhue, Children’s Program Coordinator at Care Dimensions   Most children experience loss at some point in their childhood – a grandparent dies, a parent becomes seriously ill or a best friend moves away. Experts say that intense grief

Tools for the Journey: Integrative Therapies & Bereavement Support for Grieving Parents

By Nate Lamkin, Director of Bereavement Services & Program Development   “Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak whispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it break. Grief fills up the room of my absent child…” – William Shakespeare,

Caring for Veterans at End of Life

  According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), it is expected that in the next five years half a million veterans will need end-of-life care. Many of these veterans served in World War II and the wars in

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