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November 13, 2018
Grandparents’ group helps heal “double” loss

Her name was Ellie. A beautiful baby with rosebud lips and the sweetest little smile. A tiny bundle of hopes and dreams to last a lifetime. But Kent and Jeanine only got 10 days.

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September 18, 2018
Getting the right people in the right place

The oncologist suggested more treatment to extend life a few months, but Carolyn’s quality of life had deteriorated so much that neither she nor Albert saw the sense in that.

“Then I guess you guys have to do hospice,” Albert recalled the doctor telling them. “That was it. No guidance, no nothing.”

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April 23, 2018
Young people learn about end-of-life care by doing it

As a high school student, Sandra Villalobos didn’t think she could handle hospice work emotionally when she first heard about a Teens in Nursing volunteer program offered by Hospice of the Valley. But she decided to give it a try.

“After the experience, I knew I really, really, really wanted to do this,” Villalobos said. “I don’t see myself doing anything else. I love it!”

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January 01, 2018
MediCaring: Best of both worlds

In the time I’ve been privileged to serve with Hospice of the Valley, I’ve had countless conversations with patients and family members. It’s not uncommon to hear how reluctant they were to sign up for hospice. Yet in the next breath, they confide they would have done it sooner, had they known how wonderful the care was.

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July 03, 2017
HOV Salutes offers respect and compassion to veterans

As the nation celebrates July 4th, Hospice of the Valley celebrates the lives of our military veteran patients and the volunteers who support them through our Saluting Our Veterans program.

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June 14, 2017
Honor certified nursing assistants June 15–22

Hospice of the Valley’s certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are on the frontlines of care, giving physical, social and emotional support to our patients and families. One of them is James McGarrahan, based in the Northeast Valley.

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June 13, 2017
One Hospital Stay Is Enough

Coming home after a hospital stay can be a bewildering experience. Beyond simply having to process the question of “what just happened?” patients are faced with an often confusing list of new medicines, instructions and follow-up tests. It’s no wonder that the risk of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days exceeds 20%.

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May 01, 2017
6 Myths of Hospice Care

As I walk through the cereal aisle at Safeway, someone taps me on the shoulder. I already know what’s coming. A lovely compliment about missing me on the news… and a question: How do you like working for Hospice of the Valley?

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April 03, 2017
Living wills important for all ages

It’s been quite a month. A coworker was in a car accident and spent days in the ICU, a family member was in a serious trauma and spent weeks in the hospital, and I caught the flu and ended up with a bronchitis that lasted five weeks and made me appreciate how I take breathing for granted. In each of these situations, the person in question was in the prime of life; all three of us had a reasonable expectation of a long life ahead. And yet, with each, it could have ended differently.

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March 01, 2017
Helping your doctor with a difficult conversation

Over the past 10 years working in hospice and palliative medicine, rarely have I had a day when I did not discuss advance directives and goals of care.

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February 12, 2017
Welcome to our new website

In honor of our 40th anniversary, we have created a new website, designed to make it easy for you to learn about hospice and palliative care, explore our services, get involved through volunteering and participate in many other important ways.

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January 25, 2017
Celebrating 40 Years: Meet The Rev. Q. Gerald Roseberry

The Rev. Q. Gerald Roseberry was sitting in a sauna-like “sweat box” testing an antiperspirant for Armour-Dial in the summer of 1976. He and parishioners from his church were engaging in product testing to raise money for the church’s youth group to travel to Alaska.

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January 03, 2017

1981 was a pivotal year in my life’s journey as I had the privilege of joining Hospice of the Valley. At the time I could not have begun to envision what we would become and the marvelous ways in which we would grow.

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December 13, 2016
Respecting all faiths

 Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.”
Jalaluddin Rumi, 13th century Sufi mystic

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November 01, 2016
Supporting our loved ones in grief

Many of us have friends and family members who are grieving – either in anticipation of a death or because a loved one has died recently.

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August 06, 2016
‘Dying to Know Day’ invites conversation

Australia is known for koalas, kangaroos, Crocodile Dundee—and now—Dying to Know Day. August 8 is set aside for families to talk about the really important stuff in life—including death.

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January 01, 2016
From Conception to End of Life

We realized that in order to support expectant mothers who are told their babies will not survive birth, we needed to create a pediatric team to walk beside them through pregnancy, birth and hospice care. We are able to provide those services at Ryan House and through our Pediatric Palliative Home Care program.

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