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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

From Hospital Nurse to Hospice Reiki Volunteer

I am a nurse. I worked at North Shore Medical Center (formerly Salem Hospital) for 43 years, and for the last 25 years of my career, I prepared people for surgery.  I liked making connections with patients. I had people

What My Dog Taught Me About End of Life

Two months ago, our Maxie, a 16-year-old black Standard Poodle, died. During her 14+ year career as a therapy dog, she made over 300 visits with nursing home residents, hospice patients, and distressed college students. Watching how people responded to

18 Lessons of a Hospice Massage Therapist

I started working as a hospice massage therapist over a year ago. Two hundred and sixty seven visits later, I am humbled by this work.   During my professional life as a massage therapist, many moments have touched my heart

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

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

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

Music Therapy with Nonverbal Patients: ‘No Words Necessary’

In my time with Care Dimensions as the music therapist based out of the Wellesley office, I have worked with a variety of patients experiencing varying needs at end of life. Patients who are nonverbal – whether incurred by traumatic

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