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Stories To Warm Your Heart During National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to create awareness for this special kind of care. We have some special stories to share.

 

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Arlo the Amazing Ecumen Hospice Hound Takes Patient Care to a Higher Level

To qualify as a hospice volunteer, being human is not essential.  Take Arlo, for example. He’s the cutest little toy poodle you could ever hope to meet – spunky, happy, smart, intuitive. And his hospice skills are off the charts.

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Wednesdays with Genny, Ecumen Hospice Volunteer

Genny Swanner of Chisago City shares the rewards of hospice volunteering.

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The Soothing Role of Music in Hospice Care

At the end of life, music’s natural calming effect can help hospice patients express and experience a wide array of emotions at a time when self-expression and coping matters more than ever.

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The Comfort of Touch in Hospice Care

Massage therapy is one of the most effective ways to help hospice patients relax and find comfort in their last days and hours. 

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Grief and the Holidays: 15 Ways to Cope

With the holidays approaching, Ecumen knows that those who have lost a loved one will be facing changes and, inevitably, grief. Read this post for 15 ways to cope with grief through the holidays.

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Facing the Holidays with an Empty Chair: Ecumen Hospice Hosts Remembrance Service

The first holidays after the death of a loved one can be a looming and stressful time for loved ones. To help the family and friends of those who passed away in Ecumen Hospice this year cope with the upcoming holidays, Ecumen Hospice staff hosted a remembrance service on Sunday, Nov. 6at Ecumen Seasons at Maplewood.

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The Mission of Hospice Vigil Volunteers: Comfort at the Very End of Life

As St. Paul resident Molly McCarthy was considering volunteer opportunities, she remembered a significant event in her own life – when her father was in hospice just before he died.

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Why and How To Be a Hospice Volunteer: Your Questions Answered

Cori Ballew, Ecumen Hospice Volunteer Specialist, talks about how and why to become a hospice volunteer.

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Brain Fitness Takes More Than a Game App

Using brain-game apps to improve mental acuity are good as far as they go. You get better at playing games but not necessarily smarter or fitter.

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