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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

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

Happily Ever After: Even Death Couldn’t End This Love Story

Gene and Helen Galipeau may have lived the consummate love story of their generation.   Both born in 1924, they met and fell in love during World War II. That love grew during nearly 72 years of marriage and culminated

Hospice Chaplains Bring Peace to Patients, Regardless of Beliefs

We live in an increasingly non-religious society. Many people abandon organized religion. More people identify as spiritual, not religious. I believe God gave us faith; humanity created religion!   I find this belief in spirituality encouraging. I am part of

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

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

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."