Voices of Care

Living With Grief: Learning How to Survive After Loss

Posted on October 29, 2018 by Frank Comparato

Fairly soon after this new life became a reality, I realized that survival is all about taking steps in the right direction. Sometimes it’s one step forward and two steps backwards or sideways, but it’s all about just taking that next step forward. ...

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Love, Kindness Offer Hope, Healing in Wake of Pittsburgh Massacre

Posted on October 29, 2018 by Patricia Ahern, RN, MBA, FACHE

For the families in Pittsburgh, nothing will ever be the same. For anyone in the world who experiences hate crimes and daily disparagement, how can we even describe our worry, respect and love for them? We can pray. We can embrace. We can witness and speak out ...

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Nurturing Spirituality in a Challenging World

Posted on October 23, 2018 by Sharon Dunbar-Link, M.Div.

At the root of everything that chaplains do is helping people to explore their own spirituality. Mostly we listen intently, ask questions and try to help people find their own best answer. We counsel patients of all faiths and those who don’t follow a formal religious faith. ...

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10 Questions to Ask When Starting New Medication

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Alifia Waliji-Banglawala, Pharm.D.

Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but we must learn how they can best be used in our own bodies. This article lists 10 questions you (and your designated primary caregiver) should ask before starting any new medication. ...

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I'm a Nurse and Voting No on Ballot Question 1

Posted on October 11, 2018 by Patricia Ahern, RN, MBA, FACHE

I am CEO of Care Dimensions, the largest hospice organization in Massachusetts, and a nurse who worked for nearly 30 years in the emergency room and critical care units of a hospital, and I’m voting No on Ballot Question 1. ...

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Writing About Grief to Cope with Life as an Adult Orphan

Posted on October 9, 2018 by Susan Mineo

It's impossible to prepare for losing one's parents, and I am forever changed after losing both of mine. I am an orphan at 59. When I look in a mirror, it is a stranger looking back. I am forever, in my very soul, changed! ...

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Check and Balance: Supporting Walk for Hospice Behind the Scenes

Posted on September 28, 2018 by Lisa Conti

With more than 75 years of combined Walk for Hospice finance experience, the Salem Five team makes sure that all cash gifts are accounted for properly. ...

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Team Murphy: Good Hospice Care Extends Good Life

Posted on September 27, 2018 by Janet Zipes

It’s been a little over a year since Marilyn Favreau’s mother, Kathleen Murphy, died from complications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Despite the significance of that loss, Marilyn finds solace in knowing that her mother’s wishes were honored and that the last year of her life was spent at home in Lynn, MA, cared for by family and by Care Dimensions.   Team Mu...

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Committed to Volunteering, Making a Difference

Posted on September 14, 2018 by Anne Williams

In 1980, she made a commitment to improve the lives and deaths of people with terminal illnesses and she continues to live out that commitment today. Volunteers at the Kaplan Family Hospice House say that Gail’s sense of humor and her kindness are evident in her interactions with patients and fellow volunteers. ...

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Taking a Walk That Matters for High School Classmate

Posted on September 4, 2018 by Kate Costin

I wanted to remember my friend and do something positive in her memory, so I thought, “What better way than the Walk for Hospice?” It would be nice if I could get some of our classmates together to raise money for hospice patients and their families in Debbie’s memory. ...

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