Patient Stories

“It’s-All-About-Joe Day!”
“It’s-All-About-Joe Day!”
June 11, 2018

There’s a last wish to suit everyone . . . and in Joe’s case, he wished for an actual suit! Joe is a 73-year old Vietnam War Veteran, who now resides at ...

Speaking the Truth in Love
Speaking the Truth in Love
May 25, 2018

When someone dies, their family processes the life and the loss of that person. Reflecting back on our relationships with a loved one at end of life can bring ...

The True Beauty of Hospice
The True Beauty of Hospice
April 26, 2018

When I first met Tara, instead of shaking my hand, she jumped out of her chair, a big smile on her face, and said, “Oh no, I’m a hugger!” I laughed and ...

Learning Life Lessons From A Hospice Patient
Learning Life Lessons From A Hospice Patient
January 26, 2018

About the Author: Lucas Smith is a volunteer with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in New Haven, Connecticut. Lucas is also a medical student at ...

Patsy and Frederick’s New Couch
Patsy and Frederick’s New Couch
December 18, 2017

Hospice care isn’t about just caring for our patient; it is also about caring for each individual family member who is part of our patient’s life. Often, it ...

Hospice: The Gift We Never Knew We Wanted to Receive
Hospice: The Gift We Never Knew We Wanted to Receive
December 07, 2017

“She is going to die. In a couple of weeks.” Those were the words spoken to me that cold, snowy December afternoon. “What is the next step then?” I asked the ...

Christmas in October
Christmas in October
November 06, 2017

Christmas doesn’t usually arrive in the small town of Forest Grove, Oregon until December, but this year, it came early for one family. Audex “Audie” Gay was a ...

The Poet’s Song: Tom’s Legacy
The Poet’s Song: Tom’s Legacy
October 27, 2017

Our patient, Tom Layesman, was a man with a love for the written word. Tom majored in English at the University of Maryland before going on to do graduate work ...

A Farmer’s Last Wish
A Farmer’s Last Wish
October 19, 2017

The Rodney Caulk that our staff knows has always been a man of the Earth, finding his utmost happiness in the simplest things in life. A livestock farmer, ...

The Dream of a Lifetime: A Visit to the Grand Canyon
The Dream of a Lifetime: A Visit to the Grand Canyon
October 19, 2017

    A native of Mexico, Maria worked in the hot Mexican heat, working a number of jobs to make sure there was food on the table for her family. She washed ...

Safe to Float — Our Hospice Experience with Seasons
Safe to Float — Our Hospice Experience with Seasons
October 04, 2017

The oncologist was running late, but took the time to carefully review the results with us. We looked at scans in sequential order while the doctor talked ...

A Pop of Color, a Celebration of Life
A Pop of Color, a Celebration of Life
August 25, 2017

Sometimes in the busyness of life, we all need a reminder of what’s important and what should be celebrated. Recently, we had a patient in Houston who touched ...

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