Patient Stories

Undying Love at the End of Life
Undying Love at the End of Life
March 17, 2021

If you knew you only had a little while left to live, what would you do? This question is very real to our patients, some of whom only have months or even days ...

Mail From the Chiefs
Mail From the Chiefs
January 29, 2020

The Kansas City Chiefs have a lot going on right now, but that didn’t stop them from taking care of one of their biggest fans. When our social worker Terrell ...

Music Therapy for Baby Denisha
Music Therapy for Baby Denisha
September 18, 2019

Most of us realize the power of music to motivate, express, and connect with our higher power as we use it to help us exercise, dance with our partner, share ...

Making Music and Memories
Making Music and Memories
July 18, 2019

Music therapy can be such a powerful instrument to bring joy and peace to our patients, or to soothe and calm during agitation or restlessness. Even if you’re ...

Ms. Hilda’s 106th Birthday Party
Ms. Hilda’s 106th Birthday Party
January 21, 2019

If you’re about to celebrate your 106th birthday, there probably aren’t too many things left on your wish list. For our patient Ms. Hilda, however, there was ...

Rowena’s Softball Game
Rowena’s Softball Game
October 23, 2018

Sometimes you have to put yourself in someone else’s shoes to understand the emotions, stress, and difficulties they are experiencing. That’s not always an ...

Miracle Monday
Miracle Monday
September 06, 2018

Once the music started and Sonia began to walk down the aisle, all the flurry and chaos of getting things ready in time on that Monday morning faded away, and ...

“Joan Is About Life”
“Joan Is About Life”
August 14, 2018

Joan has always been a free spirit. After growing up in Michigan, she found her home in California where she lived with her husband, and loved to swim, climb ...

My Dream Became a Reality
My Dream Became a Reality
July 31, 2018

Our San Diego patient José Sanchez-Martinez was a painter; whenever our staff went to his house, you could find half-painted artwork everywhere. He also loved ...

“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 ...

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