Lisa Brown: Hospice thanks you

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Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate Hospice on June 9 at Catamount Ranch and Club golf course and The Larson Barn. More than 300 supporters of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice and Palliative Care program joined us to golf and celebrate. It was a picture-perfect day and a cool Colorado evening, filled with celebration, remembrance and support of the much-needed service Hospice provides to patients with a life expectancy of six months or less.

This year, we asked our staff, Hospice families/patients and volunteers how Hospice helps. Here’s what they had to say:

■ “We really try and do the things that are important to the patient — sometimes it’s seeing family members or a bucket-list item, sometimes it’s the last ski down the hill with a child. I’m very much in favor of people having opportunities to close their life in a way that is meaningful to them.”

— Carole Milligan, MD, Routt County medical director

■ “Grieving is a complex, confusing and an often overwhelming process. It is so different for each individual and can impact a person mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Hospice helped me navigate the new and unfamiliar path of grief after the loss of my husband.”

— Jean Stetson, board of directors president

■ “It’s an honor to be allowed into a family’s home during one of the most difficult times in their lives. We address physical, spiritual and emotional needs for the patient and their families, which allows the patient to live their last days to the fullest. Hospice also helped me let go of my husband. It allowed me to be my husband’s wife and not his nurse.”

— Robbie Frentress, RN, Hospice and Palliative Care nurse

■ “Words and shared moments with others are often taken for granted. Participating in Hospice helps remind me to be present for every conversation and experience. Each patient interaction is a chance to embrace what we have today.”

— Tom Scilacci, volunteer

■ “Hospice is not a place to go and die, it helps you live.”

— Ken Farmer, Hospice patient

I would like to extend a very big thank you to our incredible staff, dedicated volunteers, committed board of directors, generous event and in-kind sponsors, all of the family members of those that we serve, community vendors and to all who came out to celebrate and with us. The support of this community continues to inspire and to remind us all why this is such a wonderful place to call home.

Hospice helps patients, families and community members and would like to thank you for helping Hospice.

Lisa Brown, CEO

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

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