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18 Lessons of a Hospice Massage Therapist

Working with patients at the end of their lives inspired a massage therapist to share some of the lessons she has acquired. 

New Technology Helps Hospice Patient Communicate

Melvin’s disease made it difficult for him to communicate with his new caregivers at Hospice House. But thanks to the assistance of a high-tech communication device provided by the ALS Association, Melvin was able to communicate effectively and efficiently. 

Let Life Be Like Music

Music therapy helps a lifelong artist and musician honor her past. 

Counting the Moments in 2016

We celebrate the "Moments of Life" campaign by sharing the most viewed stories of 2016. 

A Collector of Hugs

A hospice nurse shares a simply beautiful poem that was entered in NHPCO's 2016 Annual Creative 

Late

A hospice chaplain finds just the right words in a poem he submitted to NHPCO's Annual Creative Contest. 

Delivering Love for Thanksgiving – in 132 Baskets

Annual intergenerational Thanksgiving project delivers 520 dinners to Samaritan Healthcare &Hospice patients & families.

Green Bananas

A poem written by a hospice volunteer shows a "lighter side" of a patient/volunteer relationship.

Arnie Makes a Splash

A 90 year-old hospice patient, known by many for his successful career as swim coach and Director of Aquatics at Harding University, experiences the joy of swimming again.  

Love on a King Size Bed

A Spiritual Care Coordinator describes an emotional scene when he was called to be with a family as their loved one was dying. 

Hospice of the Chesapeake Vet-to-Vet Program Enlisting More Volunteers to Honor Veterans at Their End of Life

The story of a hospice patient and former U.S. Marine exemplifies the need and benefit to the We Honor Veteran's Volunteer Program.

Corynna’s Reflections

A teen’s message of courage continues with a video she left behind and through her mother’s efforts to bring awareness to mitochondrial disease. 

Kite artist is flying high with hospice care

A hobby of kite making, since the age of 10, is now something this 85 year old proudly displays.

To Joey, With Love

In theaters September 20 and October 6

In My Eleventh Hour: “I Wish I’d Had More Courage”

An eleventh hour hospice volunteer writes that more courage in life leads to a better death.

The Gift of Presence

A hospice volunteer shares thoughts on feelings people could experience at the end of life.

Music Therapy Creates Meaningful Interactions

Music therapy helped DeAnn Bryan communicate when words could not.

Tuesdays at the Hospice House

Dawn Landau spends every Tuesday with people who are dying.   Her thoughtful reflection describes life as a hospice volunteer. 

Celebrating Mass With Hugo

The joy exuding from the hospice patient in this story made a lasting mark on volunteer Ted Powers.

Honoring Death

Hospice volunteers are with patients in life and in death.  Read one hospice volunteer’s experience with a patient dying in her presence.

Humor and Hospice

Bill won’t let his debilitating disease stop him from laughing (teasing) and enjoying precious time with his wife, Karen.

Gone Fishin’

George’s declining health left him unable to enjoy one of his favorite pastimes.  His hospice team stepped in to help.

A Double Dose of Dignity

My first exposure to what we now know as hospice care came some 31 years ago...

The Only Guaranteed Moment Is Now

A man with stage three multiple myeloma and a woman who was recently diagnosed with skin cancer were able to experience this moment thanks to the support of hospice. 

Laughing at Death

A supportive sister describes her brother’s experience at the end of life, and what choosing hospice meant to them.

Rooms of Refuge

Unique and comfortable bedrooms for children and teenagers in hospice care.  

The Greatest Gift

Santa and his elves made an early stop in Virginia this year.

In My Eleventh Hour: “I Wish I’d Had More Courage”

An eleventh hour hospice volunteer writes that more courage in life leads to a better death.