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Blog: Hospice Views

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Difficult Breathing: Treatment & Remedies

Dyspnea, or shortness of breath, is often seen in individuals facing a serious illness. The sensation of being unable to catch their breath or like the room is closing in on them can be terrifying. That only makes the symptoms worse.
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Gentle Horse Shares a Kiss with Hospice Patient

When our Gift of a Day team heard that our 90-year-old patient Gwen Koppen wanted to ride a horse, they wasted no time in making it happen for her. Within a few hours, Gwen was dressed in country western finery and setting off on her ride.
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What Do End-of-Life Wishes Mean to You?

One of the most beloved programs at Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care is our Gift of a Day program. Inspired by Jim Stovall’s book, The Ultimate Gift, we ask our patients, “If you had one perfect day, what would it look like?” Based on their answer, our team works to bring these hospice ultimate gifts to life as a Gift of a Day.
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Hospice Volunteer Stories: Robert D’Angelo

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care volunteers donate their time and talents to improving the lives of terminally ill patients. They come from a wide range of experience, backgrounds and age groups. They volunteer in a variety of ways from office work to visiting patients to helping with special events.
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Picking a Fight with God: The Positives of Anger

“She will throw you out!” warned the nurse as I arrived to make my initial visit. As a hospice chaplain, I encounter many terminal patients who have spiritual pain. Gratefully, I was not thrown out of Mrs. Hope Deferred’s room, but she did shake her fist as I introduced myself. Not at me, but at “her God” whom she thought sent me. Her husband welcomed care for his dying wife and as the visit continued, I not only began to connect with Hope, more importantly, I started to understand her.