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Stories about Our Patients

Hospice care is about living well. Read these inspirational stories about our hospice patients. They’re about hope, caring and going the extra mile to make life the best it can be.

Hospice patient gets Navy promotion
Hospice of the Valley’s Thunderbird palliative care unit was the setting for a rare and touching U.S. Navy ceremony honoring the promotion of John Francis Hubbert Jr. to Chief Petty Officer only a few days before his death at age 45.

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Landon’s Story

Our transition from Good Samaritan Hospital NICU began June 8, 2014. After one month and two days at the hospital, we were brought to Ryan House by our choice after doctors at the hospital told us that Landon’s condition would not get better.

The moment we... + Read More

Alvaro and Sabrina Lopez with baby Landon.

Happy couples say “I Do’’ at Sherman Home

Chaplain Barry Schwartz has performed some 200 weddings in his career but none in the year he has served Hospice of the Valley. That changed in late May, when Sherman Home became a wedding chapel twice in one week.

The first request came from... + Read More

Patient Madeline Vanderploeg and Jim Branson are surrounded by family after their wedding at Sherman Home.

Music is the best medicine

Herb, an 87-year-old patient, had packed his suitcase and pulled it up to the front desk at our Sun City Palliative Care Unit. He announced: “I’m ready to go home.” So I asked him to sit with me while I called his daughter to find out if she could come get him.... + Read More

Harpist Jocelyn Obermeyer plays for a patient.

Bringing church to a hospice patient

All Peggy wanted to do was go to church -- to worship with friends in her beloved Mennonite community.
But the patient was too ill to leave Thunderbird Palliative Care Unit (PCU). So church came to her.

Nurse Gerri Goodman suggested... + Read More

Dream comes true for HOV patient

As a young boy, Tom Pickering dreamed of spending the day at an amusement park in California. At 55, his dream came true.  

Pickering and his wife Lisa enjoyed a California vacation – complete with a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood theme park –... + Read More

Tom Pickering