Sign up for Changing Aging News


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.


Ecumen Hospice Team Honors a Client’s Last Wish in a Heartfelt Singing Goodbye

Hazel Erickson of Litchfield was an independent and strong-will woman who loved her family, her church and her community. She also really loved to dance and was always dressed to the nines.

Hazel never let on that she was dying and in intense pain.  She kept going to church as usual, and the folks there had no idea she was in hospice — or even sick.  That’s how she wanted it. She just kept living gratefully each day.


Ecumen Names Hospice Manager

Seth Kalhagen has been named Hospice Program Manager at Ecumen as the company expands its home care and hospice services.

Kalhagen comes to Ecumen from St. Croix Hospice, where he was regional administrator overseeing hospice operations in Wisconsin.  Prior to that he was Associate Director of Marketing at the Institute for Western Surgery in Guangzhou, China. 


Jane’s Beautiful Birthday Dream Grows at Ecumen of Litchfield

Jane Magnuson rarely speaks.  She does not ask for much.

She is wheelchair bound.  And does not like to call attention to herself.

So it was particularly difficult to figure out what to do for her birthday.

But the staff at Ecumen of Litchfield was determined to find the best possible way to celebrate.

Jane is a hospice client.  This birthday is especially important.