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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

Shared Stories Bring Meaning, Joy at End of Life

Note: As we celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12), we’ve asked veteran nurse Trudy Miller to reflect on what drew her to nursing, why she chose hospice nursing, and what inspires her.   I love meeting people, and

Brightening Hospice Patients’ Days

Sometimes a simple friendly gesture can make all the difference, especially for someone who is living with a serious illness.   Recently, during Patient Experience Week, Care Dimensions provided carnations for clinical staff members to deliver to patients on our

Managing Advanced Heart Disease at Home

February is American Heart Month. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5.8 million people in the U.S. suffer from heart failure, and 20 percent of them can die within one year of diagnosis.  

4 Tips for Caregivers of Someone with a Serious Illness

My husband, John, was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) five years ago. Six months later, he retired from his job as a financial advisor, and I became his primary caregiver. Previously, I worked as a hospice volunteer coordinator in

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,

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