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Hospitality: Cultivating Inclusion in Spiritual Care

Our patients are asked by many clinicians about their physical well-being during the events leading up to their hospice admission, but it is the chaplain who asks, “How is your spirit?”   Our spiritual self is the part of each

‘Do Your Job’ Takes on Special Meaning for Ipswich Man

For Ipswich native and New England Patriots fan Steve Brown, “Do your job” is more than a popular phrase; it’s a philosophy to which he has subscribed through five bouts of cancer over 32 years.   For his entire adult

Hospice Nurses Make ‘Regular Day’ Special for Patients

I recently got to accompany two of our hospice nurses on patient visits at long-term care facilities. It was a great morning.   One of our nurses was on the hunt for a solution to a patient’s personally owned high-tech

Bill’s Brigade Honors Former Beverly Firefighter at Walk for Hospice

Our grandfather, William “Bill” McPherson, Jr., fought a lot of battles in his life. A Navy combat veteran who served in World War II, he was a third generation Beverly firefighter, and retired as deputy fire chief.   Grampy also

Everyday Miracles in Hospice: Keeping Vigil, Telling Our Stories

As a hospice chaplain, I hear the most amazing life stories that transport us into a vivid history. One never knows where these visits will carry us.   I’ve listened as World War II veterans recall in detail the sights,

Coming Together for Papa’s Crew, Walk for Hospice

Norman Brown of Danvers lived with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for 18 months and received palliative care from Care Dimensions. At 87, the retired engineer still had a decent quality of life: he continued to drive, wrote for “STOCKS & COMMODITIES”, and

Honoring Meme’s Memory at Walk for Hospice

I was close to my grandmother, Muriel “Mernie” Boutchie. My brothers, cousins, and I called her Meme.  I was the oldest of seven grandchildren, and she was just 40 years old when I was born. Her life centered on family,

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

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

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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