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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.

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

My final days with Dad

By Bob Weflen

I had the good fortune to work side by side with my father for more than 40 years at our family business. My message today is to share the experience I had with my dad as he was nearing the end of his life.

It began when my dad fell at his... + Read More

Arnie and Bob Weflen

Couple on hospice care honored for service

Carl and Jennie Piccarreta led parallel lives that intersected 67 years ago when they were married.

They were born in Rochester, N.Y., both first-generation Americans. Though they lived just a few houses apart, as children they didn’t... + Read More

Jennie and Carl Piccarreta with Salutes volunteer Jimmy Vercellino.

Farinella family works through loss with inspired changes

The death of a child is among the hardest burdens to bear. Sophie Farinella, 5, battled cancer since infancy before the disease overcame her in 2011. In her final months, she was cared for by Hospice of the Valley and Ryan House... + Read More

The Farinella family