Author Archive

A Calling to Hospice Care

—By Cara Smelcer, LPN In nursing school hospice was something I thought for sure I would never want to do. Shortly after graduation I found myself in an unsettling situation at the bedside of my terminally ill grandmother. She was more like a...

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A Last Royals Game

When a volunteer contact the Royals, they agree to host hospice patient Jean C. with nurses Erin and Michael. “I really had to talk myself into going,” said Jean. “There are things that you just know you won’t be able...

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A Legacy of Caring

Planned Giving is a Way to Give Back Karla and Tom Raupp have always supported local charities, but Karla was looking to find a special connection to give of herself. She is a nurse who began volunteering at the Kansas...

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Comfort Bags Bring a Bit of Warmth

Sandy Yonke recently made 30 comfort bags for Kansas City Hospice House™ in memory of her late husband. The comfort bags are filled with field corn and encased in a washable cover.  They can be heated in a microwave and...

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KCH Aids Ground-Breaking Program at Missouri Prisons

[caption id="attachment_3297" align="alignleft" width="300"] T-Shirt for Trainees, designed via a contest at Jefferson City Correctional Center[/caption] In a new hospice program, both patients and caregivers have been convicted of crimes. The Missouri Prison Hospice Program trains offenders to care for...

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An Honor Flight

Carl always wanted to go on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., but was unable to travel. So, the Honor Flight came to him. His care team and some creative volunteers arranged a virtual Honor Flight right in his home. They...

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A Day to Remember

Tanya's dream was to marry the love of her life, but only if her family could be around her. Her very large family was in Arizona, but she was not well enough to travel. That's when her social worker, Crispian,...

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My Kingdom for a Horse

The connection with animals is unique in our experience. James is a lifelong horse lover residing at Village Shalom and one of our volunteers knew exactly what would make his day. She made a special request come true when Lady came...

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Eddie the Dog Brings Comfort

Eddie and his owner Janice are frequent volunteers at the Kansas City Hospice House™ where Eddie feels right at home. Patients and families alike take comfort from this little dog with a big, big heart. Janice is often found playing...

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Welcome to the Passages Blog

Welcome to my first blog post!  Since this is a new form of expression for me, I must admit to slight first-time jitters.  I imagine that many of my clients experience similar apprehension when coming to meet me or Jennifer...

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