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Hospice of the Western Reserve Helps ‘Young Frankenstein’ Fan See Favorite Comedy Adapted to Stage

September 24, 2014

Former WJW-AM exec, WWII vet is Emeritus Professor of Journalism at Kent State Teacher, director, pastor, and poet Bob West embodies many talents; cherished a night out with his family thanks to the help of Hospice staff. Through Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Life Enrichment program, West’s care team organized an evening out that let […]


Providing Dignity to the Dying Under Daunting Circumstances

February 18, 2014

A middle-aged man, healthy and active, was stunned when he heard the news.  A diagnosis of Huntington’s disease was overtaking his daily being.  Having no relatives except his estranged son, who wanted no contact with him, the man was put in touch with Hospice of the Western Reserve.  The unthinkable was true. Ray had Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s […]


“She isn’t teaching me how to die; she’s teaching me how to live.”

January 10, 2014

A couple weeks ago, two students from a local high school approached me and asked if they could interview a Hospice of the Western Reserve employee. I recommended they consult with one of our Spiritual Care Coordinators, Chuck Behrens. Chuck and I met the students at Ames Family Hospice House where they filmed some of […]


The decisions doctors make at end of life show us how to live until we die

November 25, 2013

Doctors are trained to cure. So what happens when the doctor becomes the patient?  What lessons can be learned from the decisions physicians make for themselves when they are nearing the end of life? Click here to read this powerful account by New York Times reporter Dan Gorenstein.  It includes the story of Dr. Elizabeth […]


Choosing Joy

November 7, 2013

Brent McKinley, a school teacher from Connecticut, shares this moving account of courage, gratitude, and love. It’s the tale of two sisters, and their determination to live life in the moment and hold onto joy.  In early fall, I became aware that my sister’s cancer had taken yet another downward turn when she was told […]


Multiple Care Options Help Patient Make the Most of Life

October 31, 2013

Eighty-nine-year-old Leonard Dzigiel has a primary diagnosis of aortic stenosis along with chronic rheumatoid arthritis. In 11 short months, he was transported to the ER three times for heart-related symptoms. Mr. Dziegiel felt that he had little quality of life. Together with his family, he consulted with his cardiologist, Dr. Lloyd Green of University Hospitals. […]


“Future nurses” cannot do enough for Grandma

July 24, 2013

As hospice providers, we are privileged every day to witness heartwarming family stories of love and tenderness. When time is limited, spending time with loved ones can be the most precious gift of all.  Recently, Carole Klingler, R.N., who is Community Facility Coordinator for the Lorain County Office, shared this story about a Lorain County home care […]


Car Enthusiast Gets His Own “Cruise-In” at David Simpson Hospice House

July 3, 2013

Wonderful memories were recently created for Dan Stofan, a resident of David Simpson Hospice. His family, friends, and the classic car community came together to bring him his own personal “Cruise-In.” Car shows were a big part of Dan’s life, so bringing this show directly to him was the ultimate gift of love. While rock and roll classics boomed […]


Our Adopted School

May 16, 2013

Woven into the fabric of the community, Hospice of the Western Reserve supports and cares for neighbors in addition to patients and families. The Hannah Gibbons Elementary School is located just east of the headquarters building on St. Clair and has approximately 350 students. As in all elementary schools in Ohio, the students took the […]


Going Home

April 17, 2013

In his award-winning essay, Going Home,  Jason Ryan, MD, a Connecticut physician, shares the story of Marilyn, and makes a case for compassion, dignity and respect at the end of life.  Read Marilyn’s story here. 

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