No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s the one guarantee in life we have--we will all eventually face it. I may be a little more comfortable with the idea of death than some people. I’m fortunate each day to be able to provide comfort, dignity and respect to individuals who face life-limiting illnesses. I work for Hospice of the Red River Valley.
November is National Hospice Month, a time to celebrate this special type of care Hospice of the Red River Valley has been providing for nearly 40 years.
I’m often asked how I can do this work. “Isn’t it depressing?” My response is always, “No.” Hospice care celebrates life more than it focuses on death. It’s not about giving up; it’s about living your best. We help people live comfortably for however much time they have left.
People often tell me, I wish we would have called Hospice of the Red River Valley sooner. When people wait too long to learn about options, like hospice care, people end up missing out on precious time with loved ones at home because they are spending difficult days in the hospital or the emergency room.
During National Hospice Month, or anytime, I encourage you to contact us sooner rather than later—even if you just need information. It’s never too early for a family to learn about the services Hospice of the Red River Valley can provide. And if you or your family needs hospice care, I hope you’ll insist on care from Hospice of the Red River Valley. More information is available at (800) 237-4629 or www.hrrv.org.
Lisa Anderson, RN
Anderson works with Hospice of the Red River Valley.