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St. Joseph's Health: November is national hospice month

By Jil Baird

Director of St. Joseph’s Home Health and Heartland Hospice

November is national hospice month, a time to help others understand the important resource we have in our community. It’s never too early for a family to learn about the services hospice can provide.

Coping with a terminal illness can be overwhelming — most people don’t know where to turn for help.

Fortunately, high-quality care and support that provide patients and their families with hope, love and dignity at the end of life is available.

By focusing on the individual, not the illness, hospice care honors life’s final journey, leaving a legacy of compassion and caring.

Staying at home, surrounded by family and friends, free of pain with your illness under control, support for your family caregivers — that’s what most Americans want at life’s end. Hospice makes it happen.

The hospice team provides expert medical care as well as emotional and spiritual support for the entire family. With the help of hospice, patients and families alike can focus on what’s most important — enjoying life together and living as fully as possible.

It’s a time to celebrate the kind of care that helps patients and family caregivers find comfort, love and respect when they’re needed most.

Hospice professionals and trained volunteers take the time to ask what’s important to you and they listen to what you say. Find out if hospice is right for you and your family and how the costs are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans.

More information is available at Heartland Hospice at 701-456-4378 at the office located at 986 Second Ave. W in Dickinson.

Light Up A Life service to be held Dec. 1

The community is invited to Heartland Hospice’s “Light Up A Life” Community Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Hillside Baptist Church, 1123 10th St. East, Dickinson.

Celebrating the lives of loved ones who have died, this non-denominational memorial service provides an opportunity for remembrance, reflection, healing and celebration of life through scripture, music and inspirational readings. Reception immediately following the service.