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As Hospice reflects on more than 30 years of providing comfort and care, we are reminded that stories from grateful friends and families have helped to define our organization.
Stories of Hospice
We thank the many, many families who sent us personal stories of their family’s experience with Hospice. If you would like us to include your Hospice story on this page, please email us.
Stories are recorded by families' last names. This project is a work in progress.
The day we entered Hospice, I knew we were in the right place. My husband, Paul, enjoyed and made stained glass as a hobby. As I walked through the halls and saw the beauty around him I knew this was right. The care given reflects the beauty and feelings of all.
Our entire family thanks you for your loving and patient care of our father before his death and your continued loving care of our mother. We are so very grateful. Blessings to all of you.
Ann & Don Ahnemann
Mary F. Evans, our wife and mother received wonderful care while at your Mt. Joy location. We appreciated everyone that cared for her, making her final days comfortable for her and comforting for the family. We felt the staff was very caring towards Mom and made us feel good that she was in their care. We were always welcomed and informed of her condition when we arrived. Your staff all have special gifts needed to work with our loved ones and make us feel comfortable at a very difficult time. We appreciate the good work Hospice does every day in Lancaster and the surrounding communities. Our loved ones are very special to us and the wonderful care they receive is invaluable. Thank you very much for all you do.
Kay & Marlin Alleman, Mark & Marcia Evans and Robert W. Evans
I appreciate what Hospice did for me, when my husband was sick.
My husband Ross passed away in 1994. I can not thank you people enough for all you did for us. Your service was gratefully appreciated. You helped with medication, with bathing and whatever we needed. I tell people about how wonderful your service is, your nurses and everyone else. I told a lot of people about hospice and they also thank you.
Mary Jane Althouse
I would like to thank the Teal Team and the girls from the Orange Team that took care of my husband Charles Ament the final weeks of his life. Especially Deb Steiner, Justine, Michelle, Tracy, Donna, Rebecca, Lucy and Laura Woods. The help and care you give is beyond the small word of thank you!
Washington Boro, PA
To everyone who cared for Ronald Zidik,
There are no words to thank you enough. You were all so very kind and caring, not only to Ronnie, but to my husband and me. Nothing was too much trouble for you. You went out of your way to make us comfortable, and your care for Ronnie was beyond belief. God bless you all from the bottom of our hearts.
Dorie & Jim Arnold
East Petersburg, PA
As an employee of Hospice working primarily as a visiting nurse in home care, I have been touched by the many lives of individuals I wish I could have known longer. I remember names, faces and special qualities about many of the patients and family members I have had the opportunity to visit over the years. I am thankful for those who entrust Hospice services to the care of their loved ones. I am also grateful for the many individuals who have blessed my life in the sunset years of theirs.
I cannot say enough about Hospice. I am very thankful for Hospice.
Mrs. Frances T. Atkins
New Holland, PA
Your staff is really great and we are glad to have you and appreciate the love and care you give.
Fair and Jim Ayers
My dad’s name is Harry E. Bachman, Sr. Relatives and friends called him Jock, I don’t know why. Months prior to his death he was moved to live with my brother and sister-in-law. They both worked, but with help from hospice, dad was well cared for before he passed away, at home, with family by his side. Thanks Hospice for the help that was provided.
Harry E. Bachman Jr.
Thank you! Come October 19th it will be seven years since my husband passed away. I still think how hospice nurses came and helped me and the family during his illness. They not only took care of Vaughn, but became very kind and helpful to me. If I needed to talk, I could always bend their ears. So by the time they left that day, not only Vaughn would feel better, but so did I, and after all this time I would like to say thank you and keep up the great work.
Kathryn G. Baker
Mount Joy, PA
To the Red Team, We feel so blessed to have had you in our lives. Thank you for all that you did for us with the passing of Kathleen Bair. She taught us grace and is greatly missed. Doug,
thank you for your gentle care and loving kindness.
Doug and Pat Bangs
Thank you so much for your care of my beloved wife, Carolyn Bare, during the last four months of her life. When she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, we were devastated and had no idea what to expect. The Purple Team, especially Christina and Missy, were a God-send. They were a tremendous resource for all of us and helped make an incredibly stressful time a little easier to bear. Carolyn died on Jan. 15, 2012 and we will miss her for as long as we live. We are thrilled with the outpouring of love from family and friends as evidenced by the gifts sent to Hospice in lieu of flowers.
Two years after my husband’s surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor, the tumor returned. Opting for no more surgery he lost his ability to walk or provide daily care for himself. Hospice helped by providing a companion to do things with him as a respite for us caregivers. When his ability to be completely mobile failed, Hospice found a place where he could be properly cared for until he died. Hospice was very much appreciated.
My Momma, Carolyn Bare, was a recent patient of Hospice. She died on Jan. 15, 2012 of pancreatic cancer. The family would like to thank you for your excellent and skilled care of Momma and support of all of us during this very difficult time. You made a devastating time easier to manage.
We would particularly like to thank the purple team at Willow Valley, especially Missy and Christina. They have been fantastic! There are two particular things (of many) that we appreciate about them. First, no matter when we talked with or met with them, they made us feel that Momma was their most important patient. They never rushed us, took other phone calls while we were meeting or in any way indicated that there were other things they needed to be doing. Second, they were wonderful in keeping us informed as to how Momma was doing as her cancer progressed. Since members of the family do not live in the Lancaster area, it was so important for our peace of mind to know what was happening when we were not there. Missy and Christina also were tremendous resources for the family, not just Momma, helping us know what to expect and to grieve.
Thank you for your service! We hope that our gift will help you help other families also experiencing a terminal illness.
As we all sat with Marie from Thursday until the day she passed, Monday, June 7, 2010, we were so impressed with the care given to her. Everyone from Dr. Hayes, Dr. Miller, Kristin the RN and Joyce the Chaplain helped us get through this ordeal. As we told our stories about Marie, showed pictures of Marie everyone seemed to really listen and care. I highly recommend Hospice to anyone who is in NEED! Again we all say, Thank You!
Mount Joy, PA
Even though we, all of "Butch’s" family, hoped to care for him at home until the very end, it became necessary to move him to the Hospice Center in Mount Joy on Friday, October 29. For one whole week their kindness allowed us to give our full attention to our husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend as he was all these to all of us, his family. We are forever grateful.
There were many sweet moments in our life as he dealt with his cancer, many helped by the Blue Team that came to our home and the staff at hospice that last week. We were able to hold his hand on that last Friday morning, Nov. 5, as he passed into eternal life.
My daughter died 15 years ago and you were there with us every step of the way. Without you, all we would have would have been much worse in so many ways. Her cancer came back after five years and you helped her go through it all.
Audrey B. Bechtold
Thank you for taking such good care of our mother, Virginia E. Miller, at the Mount Joy facility and at St. Anne's. Her final days were more peaceful with your help. Everyone was so kind and supportive and we want to say a very special thank you to Rose Ernst, who cared for mom while she was at St. Anne's. Rose is a very special person who we will always remember and she is truly one of God's angels. Please accept this gift from our family so other families can share in this wonderful support.
Jan Biagio, Carol Rupp & Alice Aston Families
On May 7, 2012 our lives changed forever. We felt that with dad's illness we would need your help in the future, we just did not think that it would be so soon. Sunday he was doing fine but tired. Early Monday morning Mom could not wake him to go for tests. The tests were almost a daily thing. We knew Dad did not want to go to the hospital; he was tired of all the tests and transfusions. A phone call to you reassured us that his wishes would be fulfilled. With Dad not being pre-registered your service was great. You were called at 6:30, by 8:30 Dad had been evaluated and by noon, with the help of Lititz Ambulance, had been moved downstairs and into a hospital bed. Everybody associated with your organization that we dealt with over the next day and a half was wonderful. The nurses that came took excellent care of Dad and gave us the peace of mind that everything that could be done was done to make Dad as comfortable as possible. One nurse even sang to Dad. You treated us like we were the only people in crises. We don't know how you do this day in and day out. We can't thank you enough. Dad passed away at home, the way he would have wanted, on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 1:15 p.m. We love him and miss him.
Scott & Cindy Bingeman and Family
I had a son, David S. Bowers, who had cerebral palsy his whole life. He began to really get sick and had to be placed under hospice care. Everyone who had anything to do with David will always be praised by me and my family for the care that they gave David. He passed seven years ago. Now, just two months ago, I had a brother who was told he had cancer and was also placed under hospice care. I know that he was well taken care of until his passing away three weeks ago. My prayers go out to each and everyone who has anything to do with hospice. Thank you.
Mary Ellen Bowers
When Ben was diagnosed with terminal cancer, our doctor recommended hospice care. We are so grateful, for there was so much to take care of. Hospice always knew ahead of time just what to do and what was needed. We will always be so indebted to you for your compassionate care. Not only through Ben’s illness but after he passed. We still received your services through the bereavement meetings. They were such a great help in the healing process. Many thanks.
Kay Bowman and Michele Rutter
Thanks for providing excellent care for my wife, Marilyn. The nurses provided great care and comfort to her, and she commented on it many times. She also enjoyed the support of the chaplain and social workers. Hospice is an outstanding organization, and provides excellent services in a time of real need. Thanks again.
Warren H. Brackbill
There aren’t any words to describe how much I appreciated your service to my mother and me. In July 2001, my mother was taken to Hospice. She was there for three weeks and you took such good care of her that she was no longer in a dying mode. We had to move her to Conestoga View where she died August 15, 2001. Then, I went to your grief meetings and was ministered to more than you’ll ever know. Also, my grandson, who lived with us, went to the weekend Camp Chimaqua and was really helped. You're a gift from God.
My husband was at the best place near his end. You are all angels. Thank you so very much.
Helen M. Broam
Hospice first appeared on my radar in February of 2000, when my best friend, at the time, lay dying of cancer. The care he received was astonishing. In February and again in April of 2010, Hospice became my wife's final stop on her way to heaven. The love and support of the visiting nurses, chaplains, social workers and staff were exceptional. At no time did I ever feel alone. Karen's needs were met with professionalism, poise and grace. I believe there will be a special place in heaven for Hospice people. They are truly angels here on earth.
Stephen P. Brown
Mount Joy, PA
The care and respect given to our son, Kurt, including the TLC of the Hospice staff in your beautiful facility, was inspiring to our family. He was unconscious for his six day stay there before he passed away. We felt confident that he could have not been in a better place before he left us and that he was surrounded by peace and dignity in his last days.
Warren and Mary Brubaker
The hospice personnel were very comforting and supportive in the difficult time of my father’s final weeks.
David R. Buckwalter
It has been 6 months since my husband, Rankin Buterbaugh has passed away. I need to let you know how I felt the first day I walked into his room at your Mount Joy facility. What I saw, heard and felt is hard to describe. The quiet, calming atmosphere in his room moved me to the point that I knew the right decision was made for Rankin and his comfort in his final days with us. Your staff had such compassion and tenderness for both Rankin and his family. I had often heard about the wonderful caregivers at Hospice and now I know through experience what they meant. It takes a special person to do what you all are doing. Thank you so much for your compassion and dedication. May God bless all of you.
Thank you so very much to all of you who work at Hospice. My mom got great care while she was with you all and her final moments here on earth were made easier and more comfortable by your loving and compassionate care. Thank you and God bless you.
Hospice made sure the comfort level of both patient and wife were consistently checked upon throughout the last days of life. Kindness, caring and generosity were adhered to each and every day. Necessities such as medications and bed clothes were constantly watched as to ensure a peaceful and restful stay. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your gracious services to those who in need, and for making their transition as comfortable as possible.
Jay, Diane, and Matthew Charles
Hospice? What is hospice? It surely didn’t take me long to learn. I found it to be an outstanding organization, sharing excellent nursing care, love, kindness, spirituality and more to patients and families. My mother, sister and many friends were all given this amazing care. However, something else that says it all: A patient, who left this earth to spend her eternal life in Heaven, had no friends or family to attend her funeral. Can you guess who did attend the grave site with the funeral director? The nurse from Hospice attended. Not only was she there, she also sang the patient’s favorites song, "Jesus Loves Me." She knew she was going to be the only one there. The funeral director was not the only one that saw her and heard her sing. The Lord above truly did not miss seeing and hearing her sing. This was above and beyond what anyone would expect. But this is Hospice.
Mary E. Charles
I thought I knew what Hospice is all about, but until I needed and received your services, I couldn't possibly have known that this is truly a network of angels working miracles. If I begin to name names I will forget someone and there were many whose names I'll never know. Thank you to all and especially to those at your extraordinary Mount Joy facility. There is no way to repay you adequately for helping me, allowing me, to accompany my father through the final days and hours of his life and for blessing him with grace, dignity, comfort and peace.
Mount Joy, PA
Ralph entered Hospice on Friday, June 17 and passed away the next day. I would like you to know that I was well satisfied with the care he received while he was there. We were happy he was in your care when he passed away. It was so much nicer there than in the hospital, more like home. Everyone was very kind and understanding. Our thanks to Hospice and all who took care of Ralph. Thank you.
Hazel Ciccone & Family
Thank you all for the care provided to my mother, Anna Haug, for the 2 weeks she was sick. She died peacefully in my arms along with my dad and two sisters.
I have lost both parents and a mother-in-law in the past 2 ½ years. Hospice was involved in all three deaths. I can’t say enough about how well the staff treated our loved ones, how attentive everyone was to their needs and wishes, and how comforting the Mount Joy Hospice Center was for us in our time of distress. I will never forget the beautiful setting and many thoughtful touches and kindnesses shown to us.
Mount Joy, PA
My wife, Karen, was at Hospice on Good Drive from March 19, 2009 through March 24, 2009 when she passed away with cancer. She received excellent care.
Since her death, and for about one year, I attended many, many bereavement workshops. I still attend the monthly men's breakfast.
I do not know what I would have done, or how I would have survived without the companionship and comfort of Hospice. Thank you very much!
Rev. Richard Cook
Just a great big “thank you” for the caring, humanizing care you gave my parents at the end of their lives in 2008.
Almost a year ago, my daughter died of cancer. I turned to Hospice to help my grandson, Tony, deal with his mother's death. Not knowing what was available, if anything at all, I was welcomed with an outpouring of sympathy and available programs for me and my grandson. I was speechless.
Tony and I signed up for the fall session of "Coping Kids". What a fabulous program that helped me and Tony. We were part of a "family". He was not the only child that had lost a parent. He was so very excited to go to Hospice every Thursday evening. It was his favorite part of the week. It helped him deal with cruel children at school, as well as his own emotional trauma. He was so disappointed when the program ended, but what a difference it has made for him. It gave him some peace. Calls to follow up on Tony were so much appreciated.
In the spring, we received an invitation to apply for Camp Chimaqua. Tony was accepted into the camp program. He has been home from camp for four days now and has not stopped talking about it. He had so much fun and yet was able to express his grief in such a constructive way. He explained all the pages of his booklet and the beads on his necklace. His foil picture sits in his room on his dresser. What a fabulous experience he had!
The purpose of this letter is to say thank you. Thank you for being there, thank you for being so very supportive and thank you for having a wonderful staff of employees (Sara Merrill and Diane to name a few) to the wonderful and caring volunteers you have in all aspects of your programs.
Tony fell in love with Jenn, his buddy at Camp Chimaqua. Just another example of your great staff pairing him up with her.
You run a terrific organization and I will be forever grateful! Thank you.
Lisa Cooper Cotter
I am struggling to find the words of appreciation for all that you folks did for my wife, Diane B. Cornish, since her transfer to your care on September 14th. Your compassion, caring and utmost professionalism that you folks demonstrated clearly sets the gold standard for all other Hospice Care organizations. Please extend my personal thank you to Carol Roten and Cheryl Templeton as they were spectacular and my wife even as she lay dying did look forward to seeing them. I am so grateful to all of you.
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don't think of all the wonderful care you gave Clifford during his lengthy illness.
Louretta (Jan) Coulson
I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the tender loving care given to my dad during his passing in January. We never could have gotten through this without your advice, care and guidance during this very sad time. We were so grateful for all you did for us and cherished that time together as a family. Thank you to the angels who sang twice to provide songs of comfort to all of us. What a blessing to us they were. May the Lord bless you all in all you do.
Beverly, Steve, Ashley, Melissa, Tyler and Rachel Cox
Hospice has been a great blessing to my family. Hospice was there for my dad in 1999. He came home for one week prior to his passing on to glory. Hospice, my mother and I, and friends helped care for him. Now, my mother is frail and feisty at the age of 90. I had hospice for her two years ago and she graduated from hospice to being stable, with help from others and myself and pain management. She is declining but with help from friends from church and Home Instead Senior Care, my husband, son and I are able to keep her at home.
Cheryl G. Cross
The compassionate and loving care of my husband of 50 years, Matt, was in a home-like environment, felt by our family. I still miss him terribly.
My beloved father Ali received quality comfort care and support services from all the staff members, around the clock. Moreover, my family and I received caring and compassionate counseling during my daddy’s final days. It calmed our fears and soothed our intense emotional moments. We could not have made it through those dark moments without the loving and kind hearts and hands of the Hospice staff. May God richly bless the hospice staff for their commitment to provide gentle and quality care for their patients and families.
Your care meant so much to mother and our family. Thanks you so much.
My — or our — journey with Hospice started the last week of March, 2005. My husband, Donald, was there for one week to get his pain under control. Your staff was wonderful, very professional, kind and caring and took excellent care of Donald. You let me stay day and night, which I so appreciated. When your nurse asked Donald, “How long you have been married to Carol?” he said, “Not long enough.” Wow, what a comment. We then had home care and I took care of him for seven weeks at home. You were always only a phone call away and talked me through changing batteries, etc. He was able to pass away in our bedroom in our home. What can I say? Thank you ever so much and blessings to you.
Carol A. Diller
This is the first time I wrote a poem. I wrote this five years ago when my wife of 53 years died. Hospice was wonderful.
Was the most beautiful creature that god had ever created
She seen beauty in every thing
From her children and grandchildren
To family and friends
She seen beauty in every sunrise and sunset
If there was beauty in trees and flowers she found it
Including people regardless of race or creed
There was never an ounce of prejudice in her
She spoke well of everyone
And in turn loved by everyone
Weather it be ocean, land or sky, she found beauty in it
She was always a ladyand all woman when need be
She had the greatest sense of humor
And her jolly laugh will be missed immensely
She was fifteen and I sixteen
When we became high school sweethearts
Only woman I ever loved
And the only woman I ever wanted.
I became aware of Hospice and your wonderful outreach in 1984, when my dear sister, Helen, came down with a cancerous brain tumor. You people did all you could for Helen’s husband, Hiram, and youngest daughter, Vickie. Vickie moved home to take care of her mother. I remember the hospice worker (Tina Texter) expressing a lot of concern for all Helen’s family and especially Vickie. She is the youngest of Helen’s three daughters and big responsibilities were placed on her. I appreciated Tina taking Vickie to lunch and being there to encourage the family (me too) in whatever way she could. Hospice provided a wheelchair so me and my brother, Henry, could take Helen Christmas shopping (1984). As time went on, Hospice cared for some of my co-workers and then in October, 2005, you took care of my brother, George, in Hospice. Helen was in homecare. Thank you for your wonderful outreach.
P.S. My sincerest thanks also to Janet Carroll and Mary Graner for their concerns during that time.
I'm a strong believer in Hospice. Our mother fought metastasized cancer for three valiant years, 1939 thru 1941. I was a teenager in high school trying to take care of everything. Dad was an emotional mess and my sister was only 9. If only Hospice had been in existence at that time! I've supported it ever since I became acquainted with it. I'd be glad to start again, but not with patients or families—memories are still too painful.
Willow Street, PA
Our mother died at home in May 1981, of kidney cancer. Mary Graner was the Hospice nurse we worked with and she and others from Hospice provided mother the dignity, understanding and support that allowed our family to say goodbye and move on. For us, Hospice is the essence of love, understanding and support for their fellow man and will always have my support. Thanks!
The Doerschuk Families
My husband was to go to Hospice on April 28th of this year, but never made it. He passed at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore on April 27th. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about your care and am sorry he didn’t make it back home.
Hospice is a necessity in a time of need - not only for the patient, but also for the caregiver. We have seen so many folks benefit from your services. Our brother-in-law, John McKonly; a dear friend, Gene Snyder; my brother, Jim Fisher; my schoolmate, Loman McCurdy and so many more. Please keep up the good work!
Joyce and Len Droege
Joann was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She always had a smile on her face; and something good to say about everyone she met. She had a small Christmas tree which would change colors and I keep it lit in her memory. We all miss her and think of her everyday.
Her Loving Husband,
Mount Joy, PA
Please accept this small gift as an "additional" thank you for everything that was done to care for my mother, Marjorie Hertzler. The staff of nurses, aides, chaplains and volunteers was wonderful. You made a very sad time more bearable for all of us, my family and my mother. Thank you again.
Mount Joy, PA
Tt started on May 5, 2009, when my wife entered LGH with severe pain around her waist. It ended with her death on May 20, 2009. I was crushed. A friend told me about Pathways Center for Grief & Loss. I called Pathways and talked to Harriet Engle. With her help, along with support given to me, I am better. In fact, 15 months later, I have met a woman, Sandy, through a co-worker at work; her older sister. Her other half died of lung cancer two years ago. I feel so alive. We click. Thanks for all Pathways has done for me. I am making it through one of the worst times of my life, the death of my wife. Thanks Harriet and the many other people who have helped me.
P.S. Sandy and I are getting married February 19, 2011.
On behalf of my family I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the excellent care you extended to my wife, Beatrice Eby, during her stay at ManorCare in Lancaster, PA. We especially want to thank nurses Mary Norton, Minda and Kim as well as Liz the social worker. Forgive us if there may have been others from Hospice who worked directly with Bea, but these are the ones we had the privilege to meet with and talk to. We are grateful for everything you did to make Bea's discomfort more tolerable. We noticed when you held her hands, gently stroked her cheeks, sang songs, prayed, played CDs of hymns during her last hours. All those from Hospice were very tender and compassionate in their care for Bea and for us as a family. Thank you! Blessings to you as you continue to minister to patients and their families.
H. Vincent Eby
Dawn was brought to Hospice in October 2003, in a coma from LGH. We never expected to leave Hospice. She was in a coma because of her third stroke. Dawn walked out of Hospice. Since then she has suffered from four more strokes. She now lives at Audubon Villa. My feeling about Hospice: it could not have been any better. I consider it to be a great place.
Donald L. Ecenroad
Just a token of appreciation for visiting my sister, Alic Lowery, who was a patient at Conestoga View. Many thanks.
Edna Eichmann, Sister
My story is that I still miss Dorothy after 37 months, just as much as the very first day after her death. She was so good to me and also very good at everything she did. She was a wonderful mother to our five children. She was the strongest leg of our happy family. I sincerely want to thank everyone at Hospice for the loving care that we received, which allowed us to keep Dorothy at home till the end.
New Holland, PA
Our father spent the last five days of his life in the Lancaster Inpatient Unit. He, and we as a family, received wonderful care and support from all the staff. It was very peaceful, the large beautiful room allowed us to remain with him day and night.
My wife, Marilyn, died in 2001 of brain cancer. Without care from Hospice I don’t know how I would have managed those final months and weeks of her life. The nurses, the social workers and the volunteers were wonderful to her. I could not have cared for her at home had it not been for that team support. There came a point where I could not care for Marilyn at home and
Just a token of appreciation for visiting my sister, Alice Lowery, who was a patfortunately there was a room in the in-patient unit for her at Good Drive. Those last few days now seem like a blur, but during one of those afternoons I stood sort of trembling in front of the hallway fountain, not knowing if I really wanted to go in and attend a Support Group in the Library. I went through the doorway and took a seat in a circle of strangers. I don’t think I talked much that day but I felt “better” hearing others talk about what they were thinking and feeling. I know now that I had been experiencing a sense of grief and loss since her diagnosis, when the doctors said the cancer was spreading and gave us a prognosis of six months to a year. I was full of questions that I’d ask myself over and over. There were no answers but the thoughts persisted. My ability to focus or concentrate was poor. My mind wandered and my emotions surprised me. I had never experienced anything like this. I felt STUCK. After the funeral, the cards, the casseroles and people’s well–intended “you ought to do this or that”….I fell into a regular habit of attending monthly support groups. I came to Pathways Center for Grief & Loss for more than a year. These sessions were invaluable to me. The staff and volunteers provided an opportunity for me, and others, to tell our story. It was comforting to know others were experiencing similar feelings, questions, emotions, and thoughts. I quickly found that I wasn’t “crazy” and my experiences were not unique. Often there would be several of us nodding our heads as people’s stories would be told. We could identify with what was being said. People in the group “got it.” It was a safe and comfortable place to share what was on our hearts and minds. I recall driving home after one such evening reflecting how helpful the group discussion had been and thinking to myself about the role of the volunteer to Support Groups. Here individuals who had the same loss as I did and whose words of encouragement and insight to the grief journey came from experience. The next month before the session started I asked one of those volunteer about her role and training to help facilitate groups. I knew then that one of the ways I wanted to help honor Marilyn’s memory was to be a volunteer with Hospice. With Hospice support I became “UN-STUCK.” Volunteering has been a series of fantastic experiences for me. There have been many roles and opportunities for me to help with. I have sat quietly with others and their thoughts. I’ve had opportunity to talk before groups. I have met many wonderful people from all over the Lancaster area, been honored to work with dedicated and knowledgeable Hospice staff professionals and made a number of lasting friendships with fellow volunteers. During the seven–plus years of volunteering I have gained insight and been honored to journey with others in their grief and loss. Hospice is a tremendous resource and I’m pleased to be part of fulfilling our mission in the community.
Dan Farmer, Volunteer
I brought Jeanne home from the hospital on March 12, 2006. A few days later, she wished so much to have her hair shampooed. I asked the gal from Hospice if this was possible. She said, "Why Sure!" I was in awe at how this was done; Jeanne, on her back in a hospital bed, with soap galore and no water. After cleanup, Jeanne was happily smiling, her head feeling clean. It was probably the last time I saw her smile. Thank you Hospice.
H. Kenneth Fausnacht
After my uncle went to the hospital, Lancaster General, we renewed our friendship and he was always my favorite uncle. He was my father’s brother and we had many good times on my dad’s and his boat. We were always having fun together and we always talked about fun times on the boat. I wish we could have spent more time together, but life as it is, we didn’t. But, I think of him every day! His memory and what he stood for will live on forever! Please tell his children that he was loved by me.
Our family story goes back to the very beginning of Hospice. Our niece, Laurie Flick, was one of the first patients. She passed on Jan. 9, 1980, at the age of 16. The loving attention given to her opened our eyes and hearts to this new concept of end-of-life care. In the years to follow, Hospice provided needed and much appreciated care and support for our family. In 1988, when we lost our dear mother, Gorgina Flick; in 1993, a dedicated father and grandfather, Robert Harrison; and in 2006, a loving dad and grandfather, Harry Flick, Sr. We’ve also had many friends touched by the loving hands of this treasured organization. We are blessed to include in those friends, Essa Flory, for whom the Lancaster in-patient facility is named. We celebrate with you on your 30th anniversary! The services provided are a true blessing to the Lancaster County community!
Harry Flick, Jr. and Eileen M. Flick
A thank you for the wonderful care the girls gave to Joseph C. Flory for 15 months. We had Diana and Bev most of the time. I really missed the girls after Joe passed away. Now your bereavement services are helping me. Hospice is a great group and my daughter Leita Walker and myself thank you so much.
Anna W. Flory
The care and compassion given to each family is something that is very evident. The families we know who have been served have nothing but nice things to say about Hospice, staff, doctors, facility, etc.; even those receiving care at other places of residence. The care and dedication demonstrated by Hospice is phenomenal. Lancaster County is so very lucky to be blessed with a group like Hospice. I know myself and everyone at Scheid Funeral Home is so grateful.
Tom Ford with Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home
Hospice became a part of our family the last month of my husband’s life. They were there for us anytime, night or day; and were always very caring. After several years of driving for the cancer society’s Road to Recovery, my daughter and I took the classes to be volunteers for Hospice. I have been volunteering at Conestoga View for two and a half years. I try to be as caring to the patients as everyone at Hospice was to my family and me.
Del Donna Forrest
You took very good care of my sister, Florence Gabel while she was sick. They came to see her and check on her whenever needed. Her children were very pleased with the attention you gave her when she was at her worst. Also, when she was at Mt. Joy Hospice Center she was very well taken care of. When she still had her composure and knew her senses, she was very willing to talk about the good care she got from the nurses and other help. Thanks again.
Nancy W. Frantz
We can't thank you all enough for the loving and respectful care that you provided for our mother, Hannah Bradley. We know that she wasn't the easiest client to care for, so the tenderness, humor, patience, dignity and professionalism with which you all cared for her is that much more appreciated! We would like to recognize the Red Team, in particular, Leah, Linda, Sharon, and Amber. You all made it possible for us to keep mom comfortable in her own home right until the very end, as was her wish, and for that we are forever grateful. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. God Bless you all.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Frantz
I’ve donated to Hospice for quite a few years and really didn’t think much about it, until my 11-year-old grandson had a brain tumor. We needed girls to come to the house and check on him. What nice girls they were, especially the young girl that came to the home the morning he died. She mingled and served coffee, answered the phone; you hardly knew she was there. I don’t know her name, but she was an especially nice girl. That was about 21 years ago. I put a brick on the walk for him and one for my husband who passed away 11 years ago. He died the morning that Hospice was to come take care of him. They are a great organization. Thank you!
Dear Blue Team of Hospice,
Thank you for your note of sympathy for Shirley Homan's passing. Your comforting words are very much appreciated. I want to thank each of you for the kind compassionate care you gave to Shirley. You all were such a blessing to her and to my sister Ginny and me. We are very grateful to each one of you. I miss Shirley, but I'm glad she didn't have to suffer any longer than she did after her fall. God was good!
P.S. Chaplain Beard — you were so helpful in planning and conducting Shirley's service. We received many nice comments about it. It was perfect for her. We were so pleased!
Four weeks ago my husband Charles Fuller died at the Hospice Center on Good Drive. He had been an at-home patient from August. Words cannot adequately express my thanks for the care he received. Sue Ellen and Lisa attended him with exceptional care. He was treated with dignity, made comfortable with medication and knew what he was facing which he wanted. Please accept this gift with my heart felt thanks.
Edna (Bobbie) Fuller
Several years before I retired, Connie, a friend of mine and retired nurse, mentioned she thought I would do well as a volunteer at Hospice. She pronounced me “trainable” so I filed her recommendation for later use. On 9/11/01, I was the watch supervisor of the control tower radar room at Pittsburgh International Airport and took part in the shut down of the air traffic system after aircraft were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Shortly after the Pentagon was hit, I learned a Boeing 757 had turned eastbound over Cleveland and was headed for Pittsburgh. Cleveland controllers heard a transmission from the plane which said there was a bomb on board. The 757 was flying very fast and was headed directly for the center of the radar scope where the control tower is located. Understanding the nation was under attack—and with the knowledge that we thought there were up to a dozen other aircraft missing—I evacuated the facility. After ensuring all other employees were out of the building, I left the radar room. The hijacked aircraft was 10 miles from the airport. Joining the others outside the building, we watched for the aircraft but never saw it. After about 10 minutes I returned to the radar room to see where the flight was; it was not on the radar scope. Radar recordings revealed the aircraft passed directly over the control tower. Later we learned the aircraft was United 93, which passed over us and which crashed just outside of Shanksville, about 6 miles beyond the range of the Pittsburgh radar antenna. Event reconstruction tells us that the “Let’s roll” call, the cabin attendants filling pitchers with hot water to throw on the hijackers and people calling their families to say good bye, mostly happened over the Pittsburgh airspace. United 93 had just crashed or was about to crash as I returned to the radar room. Somehow I feel there is a part of me in the ground at the old strip mine site and I visit the temporary memorial to mourn. Perhaps it is because I couldn’t do a thing for the people on that plane. No air traffic controller wants to lose an airplane. But to lose that plane on that day was especially tragic. The passengers and crew made a plan and took action. They looked evil in the eye and stopped it. I retired shortly after 9/11. In the spring of 2002 I attended Hospice’s volunteer training and thought working with the bereaved would be appropriate. I found that helping others through grief has worked to lessen mine and has helped my healing. Working with those who have suffered loss and the staff of Pathways Center for Grief & Loss has not only been a learning experience, but a growth opportunity as well.
Thank you for the excellent care that our sister, Carol Gehman, received from you the last week of her life. Thank you, too, for the concern and care you gave to us, her family. We pray God's blessing on your work.
Joyce, Janet and Margaret Gehman
I want to thank you for all you have done to help make mother's (Mary E. Thome) last weeks and days less difficult. Your help at the hospital, at her home and at the hospice facility was so helpful and appreciated. All the people (Brennan, Barb, Mary, Pastor Ebersol, Diane, etc.) from Hospice were wonderful.
’s needs. It will never be forgotten and is still great to see “staff” at the Hospice Labor Day Auction. We look forward to helping again this year, Lord willing.
Sarah F. Glick (John & Barbara Glick Family)
In the last months of Barbara’s life (she died on September 19, 2005) Hospice was involved daily with the care, advice, and varied help which she and I needed. On the day she died, one of the chaplains from Hospice and one of the nurses were present. The nurse described precisely Barbara’s last moments, and I found this then and many times subsequently to be a blessing. As a friend of the Irions for many years, I have thanked Paul many times for his part in sharing with Don Wilson and others the establishing of this great benison.
G. Wayne Glick
On January 30, 2012 my father-in-law, Charles Shoemaker, was admitted to your care at the Hospice Center in Mt. Joy. He was diagnosed with liver failure the previous week and his health deteriorated rapidly from Sunday until Monday.
I personally did not know a lot about this organization, except this is where you go when you are waiting for God to call you home. After witnessing the care, concern and attention that your staff administered to my father-in-law and his family during his last hours of life, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Hospice and its workers. It takes a special type of individual to do this type of work, and your staff is to be congratulated for their professional and personal care that was administered.
On behalf of the Shoemaker family I would like to thank you for making Charles' passing a peaceful one and please convey my thanks to those who have helped to make this possible. Thank you again.
Greg & Judy Gobrecht
I first heard about Hospice when a young woman spoke to my P.N. graduating class in 1980. Her name was Joy Ufema. Little did I know that in nine years I would be calling on Hospice to help me care for my husband who was diagnosed with lung cancer. Of course, you didn’t have the facility you have now, but you were wonderful in the care you gave. Fate played a part in my getting involved with Hospice again, I had remarried four years after my husband’s death and thirteen years later Hospice returned to help my second husband in his battle with prostate cancer. Near the end of his brave fight you moved him into “in-patient” care and you were so tender and caring with him. God bless each of you.
Carol Eshleman Gohn
Thank you for being there for not only my mother, Erla E. Hess, whom passed away August 3, 2010, but for myself as well. Your willingness to support both of us, on her journey, was appreciated more than words can describe and I will be forever grateful. You took what would have been an unbearable situation and helped me put it into perspective which, in turn, has helped to make my grieving process so much easier to handle. I've been through three other immediate family deaths over the years (two brothers and my father) and you have helped me realize that this path was a part of life. I will miss my mother she was my BEST friend. What amazed me you treated her with so much respect and humbleness, you would have thought she was your best friend too! Thank you to each and every one of you that was a part of this. You truly are a God-send!
Doris E. Good
I was not prepared for the “fight of our lives” seven years ago when my wife of 20 years was diagnosed with a deadly cancer and then for her eventual passing to meet her Lord. Hospice came to our home and helped my children and me to face the reality of her journey, as well as to coach us on how to help her make that journey. I am deeply grateful for the presence of Hospice during the watchful care of her and then for the counseling and support we received after her battle ended. Thank you Hospice!
Thanks to the loving care given by the nurses, aides and the volunteers of Hospice, my husband and I had time to sit and give thanks for our 59 years, to reminisce and even summon courage and faith for the future. And then when I found him at 5:00 a.m., I waited a short time before the Hospice nurse arrived and in no time she was comforting me, and helping me to draw on the courage Don and I had discussed. The orange team was our team and I’d call it a heaven sent team. Thanks to each and everyone and may Hospice continue to flourish in its endeavors.
In January/February of this year you cared for my sister, Paula Alspach. She died March 1st at the Mount Joy facility. Without you and the loving care she received, we could not have done it. You helped her be as pain free as possible from this horrible disease and we felt she was safe and well cared for when we left her to sleep. You have our gratitude. Your staff was unbelievable, especially her nurse, Kristin. She cared for my sister as if she were her own.
Lori and Robert Good
It’s been a little over five years now and it still sticks with me how kind and caring the entire Hospice staff was with my mother and the family. Thank you for all that you did, do and will do in the future.
Randy A. Gordon
My family and I were devastated when we had to put my husband, Frank, into hospice. However, when we visited the first time and saw how nice and attentive the staff was to the patients and cared for their every need. Although it was difficult dealing with the thought of losing him, it was much easier when we saw how wonderful and home-like Hospice was. We were very relieved. Thank you so much for taking such good care of him and making his death so much easier to cope with. May God bless you always and keep you in His care.
Helen B. Grandinetti
Our family has been so blessed by your organization and caring employees during my dad's (Henry Stoltzfus) illness and passing in July. We appreciate all you did to make the difficult time bearable. Your support is top-notch. Keep up the great work!
Ben & Amber Grim
New London, OH
Let's start by telling you my grandmother was the backbone of our family and my guiding light. Right before Christmas, the year 2000, we were told the bad news. By January my grandmother was in the hospital, no longer responding to anyone. For days my family and I sat by her side with no response. Then someone from Hospice came and spoke with us and the decision was made. Little did we know it would be the miracle it was! As we went through the front door of hospice my grandmother sighed and a chill ran up my spine. Later that day she opened her eyes and for the next week she played along with game shows and spent time talking with her family. I even go the piece of mind of asking her if she knew where she was and what was happening and she smiled and said I know and I am ready and it's ok. What Hospice gave us in those last weeks was more than I can ever explain. The ability for her family to be by her side when she took her last breath was worth more than I can explain. I can never thank hospice enough fro those last couple of weeks with my grandmother. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thanks so much for the help given to us so that our parents could spend their final days at home. Much appreciated.
New Holland, PA
My father died a horrible death due to cancer. He lost his mind near the end of his life. He existed in a disoriented state without a shred of dignity. Thanks to Hospice, my mother had help through those rough times. My mother died of cancer. She maintained her sanity, but suffered extreme anxiety about how the family would fall apart after her death. A Hospice staff member talked to her and helped relieve her anxiety. When my mother passed, the nurse called me at work and she stayed with my mother, in her home, until the funeral director arrived.
Ernest Eric Guyll
I would like to express my gratitude for the care and support that was provided for my wife, Nancy Hagel, and our family at the end of her life. We greatly appreciate the respect and kindness that was shown during our difficult time.
Herbert R. Hagel
My mother was under the care of Hospice from late 2000 to August 20, 2001, when she died. She loved everyone she met and got to know at Hospice. She really looked forward to their visits. She especially liked the days that Bev and Kelly were there with her. My dad was my mother's caregiver. He also became very fond of Hospice and couldn't praise Hospice enough. He also thought the world of Bev and Kelly. Everybody was so kind and thoughtful to both of my parents at this difficult time for us. We will forever be grateful to Hospice. Thank you.
Linda M. Hagey
My father spent the last day of his life at Hospice. His room was beautiful and the people were so kind to him. They treated him with respect and dignity, and that is how he died. I will be always grateful to Hospice and it is my favorite charity.
Phyllis J. Hamme
My mother entered LGH in March of 2008. Up until entering the hospital they had said her breathing problems were coming from her sinuses. What they found was lung cancer. They said it had come from breast cancer that she had 5 years previous. To help her breathe they operated and put in a pump to extract the fluid from the sacs around her lungs. She was then put in palliative care. A nursing home wouldn't take her being on the pump, so I knew Hospice would. She entered Hospice in April 2008. The care she received was exceptional. Everyone from the nurses to the Chaplin was wonderful. We received compassion, respect and friendship during our darkest hour. Our thanks to all at Hospice. God Bless.
My husband was at Conestoga View. He was very sick. There was a boy in the bed right across from him. This boy's mother said to me, my daughter works at Hospice. She told me to call you and have Hospice come to see him. I called, they came out to see him and they prayed for him. Two days later he passed away. It was a blessing for him. Thank you so much for everything.
Audrey A. Harnish
Willow Street, PA
I have been a volunteer for 22 years and spent the first 10 years as a patient care person in homes. I was always in awe of the services that Hospice gave to these people and the wonderful way that they cared about me as well, however, that was only the tip of the iceberg in what I knew. In October 2006 I was about to begin my own journey in knowing what Hospice means to families, when my husband entered their facility. Words can never express all that we received from your staff. What an eye-opener it was to me, a volunteer, who thought she knew everything about such a wonderful organization. Thank you again, Hospice.
The programs offered to grieving families have to be the best that anyone could ever find, especially for the children through the Coping Kids program.
I am very proud to tell people that I am a volunteer for Hospice.
Lynn Woomer was a very good friend of my wife when they worked together at Weis Market. She was my wife's maid of honor when we got married in 1968. Lynn unfortunately passed away quite a few years ago of cancer. We decided to honor her by sending an annual check to Hospice in the amount corresponding to the amount of years we were married for that year. We have now reached 42 years of marriage on July 20, 2010.
Larry and Linda Harsh
Today we celebrated the life of our daughter, Jennifer Joy Hart Robinson, who died at the Mount Joy facility on Sunday, May 22, at 8 AM. While visiting with loving family and friends following the service, our dear friends from New Jersey presented us with a blank check and informed us that it could be used wherever we were compelled to forward. Our choice of where to send this check is Hospice. My wife, Kathleen, and I found the Purple team to be comforting, caring and compassionate. We were disappointed that Jenny's oncologist appeared to be a poor advocate of Hospice, which influenced particular members of Jenny's family. Kathy and I found everyone we met to be professional and sincere in the roles they played. We wish the organization continued success.
J. Charles “Bud” and Kathleen E. Hart
My dad Walter Hebensberger received such wonderful care from Hospice in his last six months of life. They helped me so much. Patty McCormick was his Social Worker. She put up with a lot from my father, with his old German ways and his alcoholism. He could really give everyone a very hard time. Steve Sensenich was his nurse and my dad, fortunately, loved him. Steve could do just about anything and my dad listened. Steve was so caring and gentle. My dad had to be catheterized and Steve was the only one dad would let do it. He said it never hurt when Steve did it. Dad passed away in December of 2003 at your facility. He was in and out about three or four times at the end. He wanted to be there. Those wonderful people took such great care of him that I never worried when I had to go home. Thank you and God bless you all for your devotion.
We only had Hospice services a short time for my mother. Everyone from Hospice was so very kind and nice. We appreciated all those who were there for us. God Bless!
Betty A. Heisey
Mount Joy, PA
In 1999, when my husband was ill, Hospice was there for both of us. Without the help of Hospice I could not have cared for my husband in our home. I am very grateful to Hospice.
In January of 2007, my brother, Donald W. Brown, died of cancer. Hospice was by his side at Conestoga View. The staff and volunteers were so kind and caring. I will be forever thankful to Hospice.
Deborah B. Herr
In early September 2001, my husband, Jake Fisher, was at Hospice. There are no words to describe the care and help his family and I received in the brief week. Everyone I know that has been in Hospice either at Lancaster or Mount Joy has favorable stories. So, to all staff, nurses, etc. may the Lord bless you.
Pauline L. Hess
My husband died January 12, 2007, after we had been married only 9 months. We had been together seven years, but only married nine months. There was a woman I knew from work briefly, I heard that she had lost her husband a month before me, so I called. We decided to go to Pathways Center for Grief & Loss together to try to work through our grief. We went to the monthly meetings and several workshops, of course, the candle lighting at Christmas was very touching, especially the first year after our losses. Hospice helped us hear how others were coping; we laughed and we cried. I feel I owe a lot to Hospice and I now have a new and loving friend who knows what I've been through.
Pollie E. Hess
In Memory of Keith Hoyt, who was a mentor and dear friend. Keith was diagnosed with stomach cancer in June 2008. He touched many lives with his faith and caring heart. Keith said, "People are placed in your path of life; some for trial, most for positive growth." Towards the end of Keith's battle he was in Hospice care for 2-3 weeks. Ruth, his wife, could not stop talking about how wonderful Hospice care is, the supportive staff and what good care Keith and Ruth both received. Keith lost his battle with cancer on December 28, 2008. Hospice staff still keeps in touch with Ruth.
Willow Street, PA
I know that you took good care of my niece, Jessie Drey. She was like a daughter to me. When she was little, I had her all of the time on week-ends. While she was a nurse in Lancaster, my husband had cancer. Jess always came to see him when he was in the hospital. She always called him her boyfriend when she was small. She helped me be strong while he was sick. She told me, you know what's coming any day so you must be ready. It will be 20 years, June 14, 1990, since he passed away. You also had a wonderful service at her funeral. Keep up the good work. God bless.
Mae E. Himmelberger
Port Clinton, PA
I tell everyone how wonderful your organization is. Your staff made a very trying time an almost pleasant experience. Thank you for caring.
James A. Hinkle
Dear Members of the Hospice Purple Team (Carli, Christina, Laura, Katy & Pat),
I thank you so much for all that you do, just not for Mom (Betty Shee) but for everyone you care for or have cared for. My Dad had Hospice of Lancaster County also and they both had very special care. You all do such special work. I know Mom enjoyed each of your visits. I miss her dearly but I know she's with her God!
To the Hospice Blue Home Team and Hospice House Doctors, Nurses, Ministers and Home Visitor Home Contact,
I cannot thank you all enough for the understanding love and care you gave to Harlan Hoffer.
The hospice nurses who helped my mother actually helped us all by bringing calm and peace to our house during a confusing and traumatic time for us. I will always be grateful for the patience and thoughtfulness that they demonstrated during the weeks they spent with us.
Christine A. Hollister
I would like to thank all of your staff for making my husband's last days more comfortable, both at home and at your facility. For the rest of us, you made a difficult situation bearable. We appreciate your caring. You have a difficult job and do it so well. Enclosed is a donation in Earl's memory.
My family and I would like to express our deep gratitude to the Hospice organization for the compassionate loving care you provided for our loved one, Susan Irvin. From the beginning, two home care nurses stood out – Craig and Suzy whom Susan adored. To Susquehanna where she died, this care continued with our dear Patrice, Leah, Kelly and Linda. I truly doubt I could have had any peace at all had I not known these angels would be looking out for her too. This has been a heartbreaking journey for our family. None of us would wish her to still be here because of all she had to endure. Hospice has been there every step of this journey and we shall always be grateful. Thank you.
Family of Susan Irvin (Rosalie and Wayne Harnly)
My husband passed on January 29, 2002 when he was at Hospice. He had such wonderful care when he was there. I want to say thank you once again. I certainly appreciated it.
Betty M. Jackson
My Hospice journey has three branches. My father-in-law, John Sr., passed away in March 2001. One year later my husband, John Jr., was diagnosis with mesothelioma with a prognosis of twelve months. His Hospice relationship and care was intense, lengthy and unusual. Many people do not realize the many facets of support that can ease the care journey and increase the patient's comfort. Our journey lasted eighteen months with Hospice's help. It was the glue that helped me "keep it together". Within a year after my husband passed away (March 2004) my mother-in-law became a Hospice patient while living at Mennonite Home. Hospice care and services helped me survive those years.
Our sincere appreciation goes out to all at Hospice for the care and compassion shown to our friend, Al, and his wife, Kendra. May God bless all of you and continue to bless you with the strength to carry His work here on earth.
Arlene and Dick Jarvis
To the wonderful Hospice staff in memory of Esther Johns, thank you for your care and kindness during my mother's recent illness. Words cannot express the gratitude. Your follow-up care and calls to my dad are wonderful. We are encouraging him to attend the supportive breakfasts. We know only time will ease the pain and loneliness, and we appreciate your support during the process.
My dad Harry (Bud) Johnson was cared for by Hospice in 1994 before his death and my wife's Dad, Joe Greinder, was cared for in 2004 before his death. We'll always remember the experience we had through the Hospice workers. No matter who was scheduled to come and care for our dads, these people had everything in common. Knowledge of their job, kind and caring people is what was shown. They would sit down and explain in detail what they were going to do and what we needed to know to care for them. Hospice is well known and we would recommend you to anyone in need. Thanks so much and job well done.
Charlie and Louise Johnson
Five years ago you all gave my 40-year-old son, Robert Walker Jones, Jr. such wonderful care. When he asked us to take him back to your care we knew he knew what was happening to him. You accepted him back, as well as his family and all his friends who all spent as much time as possible with him till the end. Thank you for allowing so many to spend his final days with him.
Joan A. Jones
The caring shown for my mother by your staff allowed my sisters and me to know that she was in capable hands. The doctors and nurses helped us to understand the process that my mother was going through making her dying experience easier for us. The staff was aware of our needs as well as my mother's. At first, I only contributed through the holiday lights program, but during the past two years I decided to make my Christmas gifts to my family, donations to Hospice. Once again, this gift is, therefore, from my family in remembrance of Anne S. Hoffman, mother, aunt, sister-in-law, grandmother, or great grandmother to those who remember her now and who will picture her laughing with us this Christmas.
Barbara J. Keiser
Hospice came into my life with a pancreatic cancer diagnosis for my mother, Ann Gobrecht. She was an inpatient on Good Drive and was cared for with great respect and kindness. Her stay there has prompted me to get involved and give back as a volunteer and giving of resources. I am involved with the Coping Kids program and what a wonderful program it is. I often tell them I wished hospice would have been around when my father passed away, as I was only fifteen when that happened. What a wonderful, caring community of employees and volunteers, I have met since I started volunteering.
East Petersburg, PA
Mother died just a few weeks short of her 98th birthday; she had a full and rich life. She had lived at Woodcrest Villas since 1998. I wish your staff could have known her in better times because she was truly an exceptional woman. However they all treated her with love as if they had known her forever.
I was born and raised in Lancaster (on the Harrisburg Pike), but left for college and then career opportunities many years ago. My husband and I have lived in Phoenix with our sons for the past 30 years, but traveled back to Lancaster often to visit my parents. I remember when your location was just farm land. You have brought a great facility to the area.
I didn't know much about Hospice prior to my mother being in your care; now I have and will spread the good word. What an outstanding organization!
To cite a few staff, Dr. Ouray, Dr. Newport, nurses Jodie, Carol, Margie, Amy, Deb, Scott, and Lynn were all exceptional as well as secretary, Kathy Trowbridge. I have probably missed many names, but please pass along our compliments and gratitude to everyone. You can be very proud of your staff and facility.
Elizabeth Diller Kelly
I needed to thank you for all you did for my father, Louis Nahm, over the last five months. I know it would have been far more difficult without all your help. Steve Sensenich made such a difference for my father and made his last days with us so much better — less painful, less stressful, less fearful. I thank God for sending Steve and the many other nurses to care for my father and to allow my mother to focus on my father and not his many physical needs such as medicine, bathing, etc
God bless you!
Rising Sun, MD
We can't begin to thank you enough for the great care you gave our dear sister, Jean Menchey. The entire staff were kind and compassionate and took the time to talk to us whenever we needed someone to talk to. Jean's last days were made comfortable because of the loving care she received. We will forever be grateful for that.
Gary and Kathy Kline
To all of the great people who helped my husband's passing a little easier. I would like to thank all of you and send God's blessings your way. Thank you and may God bless all of you.
My family and I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the exceptional service provided by the Hospice staff. Everyone at Hospice was very thoughtful and comforting towards our family and treated my mother with dignity and respect. The facility and the services provided were exceptional. Again many thanks for the compassionate care you provided for my mother and our family. It was very much appreciated.
Jim and Leigh Kreider & Family
Our journey with cancer began quite unexpectedly in 2009. An energetic, vibrant athlete, my husband did not anticipate the pain and sadness that was about to unfold. He played soccer and tennis, was active as a referee and coach. He had a busy, successful career. He has many friends and has always been a fun loving, active and competive person. Yes, my husband has been a smoker all his life. He tried unsuccessfully to quit many times...nicotine patches, hypnosis, determination...nothing seemed to work in his struggle. Our pleas did nothing but frustrate him. The strokes were the harbingers of the illness which has weakened him and devastated our family. Through more than a year in this path which has included three strokes, ongoing chemotherapy, radiation and many procedures, my husband is still holding on to life. In spite of the fact that he was not expected to live beyond three days subsequent to a third stroke, he is defying the odds by braving through. As a family, we are deep in a well of pain but we are also encouraged by his sheer determination and incredible ability to continue trying through tremendous odds. We are grateful for hospice, the staff of caring, qualified professionals who are guiding us through this difficult process with kindness and compassion.
Alcira M. Lafferty
I want to thank everyone who took care of Stanley Lahr. I would especially like to thank Rachel and the Gold Team. You made leaving this life for a greater one wonderful and pain free. I can't say enough praise for Hospice.
Joan F. Lahr
Today marks a month since Bob's funeral service. It is hard to believe that much time has gone by already. Thank you for your letter of April 2. The folks at Hospice have really served us well. Bob and I both benefitted from the boost from Hospice; and I really appreciated the super care he received during my much needed respites and Bob's last few days before entering glory.
My husband, Tobias Leaman received care from Hospice beginning in October 2006. From the beginning, we had nothing but good to say about Hospice. We live in a cottage at Landis Homes. His main nurse, Sandy Stoltzfus RN, and Missy Smith, LPN, made a great team. From time to time, there were other nurses coming to the cottage. Also, a great chaplain, Tom Dodge, brought cheer and prayers with each visit. Lamar Dourte made arrangements with hospice in Virginia so our daughter and son-in-law could take us to Chincoteauge Island in November of 2007. Sandy arranged for equipment to make life easier for us, including a motorized scooter that Toby enjoyed using for several months. As a help to me, Sandy convinced Toby to let a nurse come and give him a shower several times a week. He resisted that suggestion at first, but later told me “she did a great job and didn't embarrass me at all.” Thanks Missy! He spent his last ten days at the hospice center where the superb care continued. To all of you, thank you and God bless.
Early Sunday morning, June 12th, my mom Joyce E. Lease passed away quietly after her battle with cancer. Please accept my deep appreciation and gratitude for the wonderful job that you all did with my mom. Because of Hospice, and my family, my mom was able to live out her last days with all of her dignity intact. Your services were sincere and warm, with great comfort to not only my mom, but to all of my family. I'm not sure how we would have been able to handle this tragedy without your help. Please accept this small donation in name of my mom. I hope this will help you in giving comfort to the many others, who will unfortunately, have to go through a similar tragedy.
Earl "Buddy" Lease
Long Beach, CA
I only had Hospice for a couple of days. When I was asked if I wanted to take my husband home, Hospice was called in. I never saw anyone move as fast as they did. My husband was home with me in a couple of hours. Hospice had taken care of everything, I had nothing to do. The bed, oxygen and everything was set up before he was brought home. When my husband passed away, I called them and that quick they were at my house and again took care of everything. It was such a relief to have Hospice because I would not have known what to do. I tell everyone about Hospice and how great and caring they are. Thanks.
My husband let the Hospice people do for him things he wouldn't let me do. They are really super!
Sara Anne Linkous
Thank you to all who gave loving care to our mother, Jane. A few names we remember are RNs Carol, Karen, Sharon, Sandy and Susan; LPNs Missy and Jen; Chaplain Beard and Music Therapist Juliette. I'm sure we are missing a few names of people who were equally wonderful (especially a very caring LPN). We thank you that our mother's dignity was kept throughout her illness. It is hard to believe that she was under Hospice care for only 2 weeks. We came to feel so close to all of you in so short a time. We also thank you for the time that was given to us to answer all of our questions and concerns. You were always willing to give all the time we needed. We truly felt you were a phone call away. We also appreciated that those talks were always away from our mother, again giving her, her dignity. Thank you Hospice, you were truly a blessing. God bless your work.
As a volunteer, I am asked to sit with patients and if they are awake, to talk to them. I guess it helps to pass the time, and get their mind off of their medical problem. Recently, a daughter asked me to be with her mother who was not breathing very well while she took just a few minutes to visit the restroom. I think that daughter did not want mom to pass on without her in the room. A few minutes turned into a half hour. When the daughter came back, and I told her that mom was still breathing, she had tears, and gave me a big hug and thank you.
Mount Joy, PA
Kevin and I want to thank everyone at Hospice (especially you Erma) for the support and kindness during the last month of Mom's life. You all are such special people. We were very blessed to have been with Mom when she took her last breath before she went home to be with Our Lord. We will never forget how wonderful Hospice is and will continue to support the wonderful work you do. God bless you. Thanks again.
Kevin & Fran Lynch
In April, 2008, our dad, Joseph Malfucci, suffered a severe, irreversible stroke. Hospice stepped in to aid in dad's care, and to comfort and advice us, his children. Our step-mother was with us through the final weeks of Dad's life, and we all appreciated the professional support we received from Hospice.
My personal story did not end with Dad's passing. For a full year, we received newsletters from Hospice which addressed our very specific needs during the dark months of grief. The newsletters were informative, uplifting and brief, and I read them, saved them and re-read them. I've shared those newsletters countless times since then, with friends and family who have lost loved ones. Many have contacted me to say that the Pathways articles were so helpful and reassuring, touching on feelings and concerns that were difficult to express.
We appreciate your compassion. The mission of Hospice serves an immediate and on-going need, comforting the terminally ill and their families' during life's most difficult of journeys. Thank you from all of us, and thank you for this opportunity to share our story.
Louise Mancuso, Robert Malfucci and Margaret Craigue
I don't know how I can begin to thank everyone for all the help and support given to us during George's illness and passing. Ann's visits were so reassuring each week. Laura made it possible for us to go to the shore and he enjoyed Frances' visits and Ellen's massages. All were so helpful for his well being and my peace of mind. Many, many thanks.
Willow Street, PA
To all the Hospice nurses and workers,
I appreciate every single thing you did to help ease Willard's leaving. Also making me and my family welcome and especially making me comfortable overnight. You will never know, at least this side of Heaven, just how much I appreciate you. I'm so glad I was with him at the time of his passing. You did your best to ease his leaving here. Thank you — God bless each one of you at Hospice. My prayers are with you.
We appreciate the care and advice given by Hospice during this time of declining health of my wife, Susan W. Martin.
Aaron K. Martin
To everyone at Hospice of Lancaster County, Frank and I want to thank you for your wonderful care that you gave him. You were all so loving and caring at our time of need. I want to thank Pam, as she and Frank became close, because he felt he could confide in her, as she had just lost her dad. He loved to tease her. She was like another daughter. We would also like to thank Wendy for all her information on the legal and final decisions and processes. And last but not least, all the other nurses that came to help. We can't imagine going through everything without all of you.
Ann Martin and daughters,
Wendy Martin, Heather Pezzotti and Deb Martin-Vandenberg
Please accept our deepest gratitude for all that you provided for Pop. He enjoyed the visits, and it was reassuring to know that you were there to help care for him. Hospice touches not only the lives of their patients, but the families as well. We are fortunate to be able to have Hospice Volunteers — Thank You! Blessings to you.
Calvin & Karalee Martin
To the staff, especially Katy,
Knowing how difficult all your jobs are I want to thank you for your gentle touch, kind words and warm embrace. I watched Mom's nurse comb her hair, freshen her mouth, rub lotion on her arms and visit with her when her final hours came. Katy's simple acts of kindness and consideration are a thing of beauty and brought comfort and most of all peace. Thank you.
East Earl, PA
Mary Martin was my mother, who passed away August 18, 2003. Joy Johnson made her final days comfortable and granted her wish to die at home. Joy is an incredible person. Lewis (Mr. "B") Bryson was my ninth grade Earth Science Teacher at Solanco. On cold winter mornings Lew would pick me up and take me to school. Over the next four years, Mr. "B", drove me to football and track meets all over the county. When I returned to Solanco to coach track with Art Harrington, "B" was still driving. He was a great mentor and a great person. The world has lost a class act.
Robert O. Martin
My father, Eugene Mower, recently spent 16 days at your facility. How impressed my whole family was with the care he received and the kindness and concern expressed to us as a family. I can't thank you enough for all that each staff member did for us. I will mention just a few: Dave, the Chaplain, let us know he was available for a prayer or just a Kleenex. We had some wonderful conversations. Suzanne, the social worker, introduced herself the first day. She was always ready to listen. Barb and Nancy both were truly caring and genuine, as were Becky and Gloria during the day. They truly cared about my father and had patience explaining things to all of us.
Overnight, your team of Scott and Carol were outstanding, caring as much about us getting our sleep, as for my Dad's comfort. Both were so kind, even when I was having a "rough time". Carol went out of her way to shave my father with great care, which I know he and my Mother both appreciated. On our 16th day, Scott very kindly spoke with me about my father possibly wanting some privacy. That was exactly my father's wish. He passed only hours later. I thank Scott for having that discussion with me. The two women who clean the rooms were respectful and kind. I can't list each staff member, but I do want to express our very sincere thanks for the outstanding service we received.
Myrtle Beach, SC
You took care of my mother in my home. She had cancer of the pancreas. You made her life more comfortable and me, the caregiver, more comfortable also. Thank you so much! Your organization is very much appreciated by me and so many other people. Good job! PS. My mom died in 1985.
Mary Lou McGrath
Willow Street, PA
My familiarity with Hospice is through my good friend from early childhood, Jeannette Earl. If in the future if my husband or I ever have a need for Hospice care we would hope a person like Jeannette, full of genuine loving and compassion for her fellow humans, would be at our side. Need I say how fortunate Hospice is to have Jeannette as a volunteer?
Palm Harbor, FL
There were those Angels that came to my home. They came and went in long nanoseconds of comfort. They came with their luggage of tenderness, comfort, kindness and technical skills. They came to minister to my Francis Xavier McKenna who was slowly, fiercely dying. They spoke with their hands, their eyes, in clear kind voices. Their touch as they ministered made him secure, comforted and happy in those nanoseconds of the Angel visits. These were the Hospice nurses, LPNs and social workers. They took care of his body as it moved to each diminishment but his soul was also touched by their knowing how to minister his journey. I watched in awe. Their intense respect for his going will always remain in my heart. Thank you!
Ana Maria McKenna
Although it has been two months since my husband, Ronald McLain's passing, do want you to know how much we appreciated the services and support provided for him while he lived with the daily affects of his illness. Ronnie was reluctant to go and stay at the Mount Joy Hospice facility to regulate his medications…told him we would pretend we were going on a trip for a few days and staying at a nice hotel!! Needless to say, it was the best choice made—the facility was welcoming, lovely and not at all the hospital setting that was expected and he returned home six days later the better for his stay. Throughout all, as needed, the Teal Team, with nurse Kim Zimmerman, ordered and provided us with all the necessary prescriptions and equipment, for which we are grateful. There are many joyful days and good memories during that time and Ronnie was blessed with a peaceful passing on Easter Sunday, April 8. He was the love of my life and I miss him terribly. Sincere thanks to those of you at Hospice for all the support and comfort provided throughout. God bless you in your service to others as well!
I can't thank you enough for the love, care and affection you gave my wife, Theresa Meszaros, in her battle with breast cancer. My family and I marveled at how kind all of you were. It was a gift from heaven. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. God Bless You!!!
Frank J. Meszaros and Family
Words cannot begin to express how much help Hospice meant to us at a time when my wife, Ella, was very ill. Prior to her death they made things easier for her at home, helping her cope with her illness. She had special nurses and volunteers during her time of illness which were tremendous help to us. For me words cannot express how helpful they were during my grieving process. The sympathy and compassion they showed helped me through my time following Ella's death. PS. I am 96 years old. Ella died in May of 2007.
Howard C. Miller
My family and I continue to be extremely grateful for all of your caring and support during Les' illness. You were there when we needed you to help with all of the medical and emotional problems that concurred during his battle with cancer. We were truly blessed with the beautiful staff that comforted and cared for Les and all of us, as we adjusted to the inevitable. Thank you with all of the heartfelt thankfulness that is humanly possible. May God bless all of you as your organization continues its support of many grateful families.
Sylvia S. Miller & Family
Mt. Gretna, PA
Words are not adequate to express my heartfelt thanks for all the caring and love shown to Ray and our whole family during his illness and passing. Everyone was so loving, compassionate, caring and understanding, and your "hugs" meant more than words could express. Thank you! My dear husband received the best end-of-life care in your beautiful, peaceful facility here in Lancaster County.
My beloved husband Jay Millman was diagnosed with cancer on his 69th birthday, Sept. 23, 2000. It was never known what type of cancer it was, but it was some sort of stomach cancer. The doctor here suggested we go to John's Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, as there was a doctor that specialized in this type of stomach cancer. Unfortunately the tumor was attached to blood vessels and therefore could not be removed. Jay went through 7 months of chemotherapy which didn't help at all. In fact, the tumor just grew bigger. Finally in May 2001 our doctor told us there was nothing more he could do for Jay and that he suggested we get Hospice to come to our home. Hospice came to our home on Friday to evaluate Jay. On Saturday they came to visit and check him. Then they said they would be coming again on Sunday at 12 noon.
At 8 AM Sunday morning Jay began to cough up blood. I panicked and called Hospice, they said they'd have someone here as soon as possible. We couldn't believe it, but a Hospice nurse was at our door by 8:45 AM. The nurse looked at Jay and said he would be much better in Hospice. Jay did not want to go, but when the nurse said I could go along and stay there with him, then he agreed to go. Jay was admitted to Hospice on May 21, 2001 and passed away only 1 week later on May 27, 2001. Our stay at Hospice was short, but we were treated like VIPs. Everyone was extremely caring and treated us royally. They were concerned about my husband's comfort, but they were just as concerned with my comfort and that of my family and friends that visited us. I am and will be forever grateful to all the staff of Hospice. I have been doing volunteer work at the Denver Nursing Home for the past 18 years, and I see the wonderful care that your Hospice nurses give to our residents. I can't thank you enough for the wonderful care you gave to my beloved husband.
My only sister, Beulah, became ill very suddenly. Upon discharge from a short stay at ECH, she was referred to Hospice. She left the hospital on Saturday. I visited on Sunday at 1:00 pm. She had already comfortably settled into a hospital bed and had oxygen and many other needed items. I am so grateful.
My sister Thelma would have turned 70 on July 19th. Thank you for the loving care you gave her at the Hospice Center and also at Quarryville Presbyterian Home. She spent her last Christmas (2009) at Hospice. Hospice is a great loving group of people. Thanks again.
My story began on November 19, 1968, that was the day my beautiful daughter was born. My daughter was Jessica L. Drey. She was always a very loving, caring, friendly, outgoing girl. She always had a smile for everyone. Jessica called me one evening to tell me she was leaving LGH and going to accept a position at Hospice. I didn't know what hospice was other than to help people who were dying. She explained to me what she would be doing. I wasn't sure it was the right thing for her. Boy, I was never so wrong! I will never forget the night she called just to talk to me. It wasn't her intention to tell me she had to go to the hospital for a MRI. She didn't want to cause me any unnecessary worrying so she said trying to ease me. I told her I was her Mom and she had to tell me what was wrong. She told me she had a CAT scan and that she had a brain tumor. I could not believe what I was hearing, it just couldn't be possible. She had the entire necessary tests followed by doctor visits. My nightmare was confirmed. She had a cancerous stage 3 brain tumor. Jessie had radiation and chemotherapy. It didn't stop the growth of the tumor. Nine months later Jessie was the hospice patient. I began to understand better what hospice meant and what she did for her patients. Her coworkers took excellent care of her. I will never forget the kindness and compassion they showed her. They would sit with me; I would sob, cry, and be very angry. They would tell me all the feelings I had were OK. Hundreds of her many friends, coworkers, and patient's family attended her memorial service. The love everyone had for Jessie was unimaginable. It was a great comfort to know how many lives she touched and the people she helped. The garden Jessica's circle is very beautiful. The roses are as beautiful as she was. The tree with its small height as she and many branches reaches out as Jessie always did. I am very touched and forever grateful for the love you had for Jessie.
Kay A. Moyer
Schuykl Havn, PA
In October of 2004 our daughter Jennifer, who was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer, was told nothing else could be done. Her doctor called hospice. The hospice nurses were our angels on earth for the next four months. Their care of Jennifer was about quality of life, not dying. Two years later our family saw hospice's compassion again when they cared for my mother-in-law. I can't begin to tell you how thankful our family is for Hospice.
Jacqueline R. Murr
When my husband was near the end of his life, Hospice was there and comforted him and helped him to pass away peacefully in his home. I know of no other organization that operates with such kindness and understanding. We are so fortunate to have Hospice. My best wishes and profound appreciation, always.
Minnie D. Musser
Our family has been blessed by the caring Hospice staff numerous times. They have comforted our passing family members and us as we go through the process. Their compassion for our parents, aunts and uncles has made our grief easier to bear.
During the last few weeks of my mother's life, the autumn days were getting shorter. The Hospice staff cared for her with dignity and compassion as if she was their own mother. The professional staff and kind volunteers also comforted us — her family — and helped to strengthen us when it was finally time to say our last goodbyes and give our last, final kisses.
Bethel Park, PA
Back in 1995 my husband was diagnosed with lung cancer, then spreading to the brain and hip which was very devastating to our family. Bud went through many weeks of radiation which only made him weaker. Our doctor recommended that Hospice start visiting Bud at home. We had never heard of Hospice, but were educated on what they are all about. I cannot express my feelings enough for Hospice. They are a wonderful organization and provide professional service to patients nearing the end of life. I had a personal tour of the new Mt. Joy facility and was very impressed to see what they offer to patients and their families.
Diane Gielow and I began our Hospice volunteer activities about the same time. I learned so much from her and always enjoyed it when we were on the same shift. I remember her doing the holiday meals and am glad some of her recipes are in the new cookbook. Diane is missed by so many. What beautiful memories we have of her.
My experience with Hospice began about ten years ago when my father was diagnosed with lung cancer. From the initial diagnosis, we knew that his condition was terminal. Shortly thereafter, he was admitted to Hospice, and he passed away at home ten months after being diagnosed. The hospice nurses were warm, caring and compassionate, and they stirred a longing deep in my soul as I watched them tenderly care for my father. I had always dreamt of being a nurse, but for whatever reason, when I graduated from high school, I did not pursue a nursing career. I got a job, got married, and had four wonderful children. However, that stirring in my soul to be a nurse could not be denied. Three years after my father passed away, at the age of thirty-eight with our youngest child in 2nd grade and our oldest a sophomore in high school, I entered the LPN program at Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, with the goal of one day working for Hospice. As I neared completion of the program I contacted Hospice about a position and was told that I needed to have two years of medical-surgical nursing experience. So I got a job at a local hospital working in the medical-surgical department. I saw this as a stepping stone to my heart's desire of working for Hospice. After two years in the medical-surgical department, I contacted Hospice again, but at that time there weren't any job openings. But I knew in my heart the kind of work I wanted to do, so I didn't give up or lay my dream aside. Finally in August, 2007, I began my job as an LPN on the green team of Hospice. I truly receive so much more from my patients and teammates than what I give. I couldn't imagine doing any other kind of work, and I also couldn't imagine working for any organization than Hospice.
Linda S. Newlin
Sarah (Betty) Behringer was my older sister, and I appreciate what your workers did to make her comfortable during these last few months and especially the last week of her life. I live too far away to be much help to her, so I was very blessed and thankful that you were there for her. Betty was a very special person and a wonderful role model for me. We grew up in a very loving family who cared about others. Betty was always so friendly to anybody she saw and was also a terrific pianist and organist. She had many talents. I miss her so much, but I'm also thankful that she has no more pain and is with the Lord now.
Snow Hill, MD
My aunt, Betty Behringer, recently died after a brief experience with cancer. Your organization took very good care of her, and we all thank you.
My second graders (I teach at a local public elementary school) grew to love Aunt Betty; a portion of this donation is from two weeks of their coins and bills. They wanted to do something in memory of Aunt Betty whom they never met, but wrote to and illustrated many pictures for. They were so proud to bring in their piggy bank money. Even my principal and mother added to the total. Thank you for all you do, and for the way you take care of those in need. I only met one of your caregivers, and she was soft-spoken, yet knowledgeable and highly professional. It takes a special person to fill your shoes. Thank you. My 2nd graders and I hope that this check will help ease the mind of someone else in my aunt's position that needs your care. That was our thought.
Snow Hill, MD
Fred Sabo was a great man. He was a jack of all trades. He built 2 homes and they are both beautiful. He could do just about anything. He repaired many vehicles - cars, boats, and trucks. Many people came to him for help and he was always ready and willing to help. He loved to travel and see the United States. He was a very happy loving man. He had cancer for over 16 years and he showed his strength in dealing with things very well. He was a very brave, strong, courageous man and we will miss him very much. He was in Hospice of Mt. Joy and received super wonderful care. Thank you for all you do for those in their end times.
Esther & Larry Noll
My husband passed away Feb. 13, 2005, and you gave him wonderful care. Your bereavement meetings have helped a lot. It has been 5 years, but without the support of Hospice, I don't think I could have handled it as well as I did. Hospice is wonderful for helping all the people in need.
Linda R. Nuss
The grief counselors have given of themselves generously and have been an invaluable help to us in our overwhelmingly sad journey following the death of our beloved daughter.
Donald & Faye Nyce
We would like to thank the entire Purple Team for the wonderful support they gave us. Ann, Debbie and Laura were so helpful and understanding. You all made taking care of Mom (Margaret Eshleman) at home (as was her wish) possible.
Joyce Perlove, Judy Castillo and Robert & Stephen Eshleman
Russel E. Plauger passed away December 15, 2008. Russ entered the hospital on November 30, 2008 and came home December 14 and passed away December 15. Russ had one wish and Hospice granted his one wish: they brought him home. He was only home for 21 hours, but Hospice made his wish come true. Russ knew he was home. We couldn't have done it without Hospice. Just 15 days from the time he entered the hospital and came home, it was all over. Hospice helped a whole lot. Hospice is there to help always. Russ is GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.
Lois Plauger and Family
When I graduated from Geisinger Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1956, there was no Hospice! Cancer was whispered or not talked about at all. Although Hospice serves many illnesses, cancer ranks high among them. I lived at my grandfather's home, in Blair County, and was his nurse for the last two months of his life, having been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. Morphine was given only by injection. My late husband, kids, and I moved to Lancaster County in the late 60's and in the late 70's, I went back to school — to Millersville and finished the graduate program there. It was during that time that I met Mary Graner, Director of Hospice and, along with her advice, I began the "Family Questionnaire" for Hospice. I understand this is still in use today. I have an enormous regard for Hospice…an angel to so many in need!! Thank you!
Sally S. Price
This is a small token of my gratitude for the services the Purple Team provided for my husband, Michael E. Frank and my family. Without Hospice support, my husband would not have been able to pass away in his home, where he felt most comfortable and safe. Thank you for all your kindness.
I never heard of Hospice. A dear friend was in the hospital in Virginia — I think it was. Rockingham Hospital — in the area, for Hospice. Her name was Margaret E. Campbell; she was in her 70's or 80's. We went to see her, the Hospice people were angels in street clothes. They took us to a room with assurance we were welcome to eat there, and to stay there. They treated our friend like a special person. She really was, and so were they. Even when she went home they kept in touch. So, Hospice is "special" to me.
Helen E. Reber
Willow Street, PA
Everyone at Hospice who cared for Jack during his illness at home were truly "angels from heaven." Also, some of the special services provided, especially the music and massage therapy were extremely helpful to him.
When Jack was transferred to Mount Joy, not ony did he receive exceptional care from the nurses but also the doctors. Their compassion, care and understanding were very special blessings.
We would certainly encourage others to use hospice care when needed. Our deepest appreciation to all.
My husband Harry passed away Oct. 18, 2002, at Manor Care Nursing Home. During the last two weeks of his life a Hospice nurse came periodically but the last 12 hours she was with us. She was great, a very caring and personable person. We only have great things to say about Hospice. Thank you.
I have often heard about the wonderful care from those involved with Hospice, but now I have experienced it personally. Liz, Sandy and Missy were the main caregivers for our Mother and we certainly thank them very, very much. Liz was there at the beginning and was able to help mother process thoughts as she was starting to give up some of her independence. Sandy and Missy gave such helpful support to Mother and each of us children as we visited her and gradually watched her get weaker. Their words, presence and action were so beneficial in our time of need. Dr. Carroll, Mother's kidney specialist, spoke highly of Hospice and geared us in your direction. We know his wife had been quite involved as a leader and we are pleased that capable leadership continues.
My husband passed away nine years ago and for the last ten years of his life he battled one form of cancer or another. He won the battle until his last cancer took his life. His urologist once told me he was dodging bullets and that he never had a patient with his medical history still walking. My husband was a fighter. Initially I felt when we called Hospice that my husband just gave up and would not fight any longer. After I had time to put everything in perspective I realized that I could never have kept him home until his death without the help of Hospice. It was very comforting to know I could pick up the phone day or night and call Hospice and someone would be there to take my call. I think the nurse in charge of his case was Barbara Nesbitt. She seemed to be the only one who could bring a smile to his face. With her pain management my husband seemed to rest comfortably. We had round the clock nurses the last few days of his life and even after his death Hospice called to see how everyone was doing. My two sons and I could never have gotten through this as well as we did without Hospice. What a wonderful service. Thank you.
Ruth Rinehimer & Sons, David and Jeff
I remember, very well, the day I heard Hospice. I was a caregiver to my husband who was battling cancer. We went weekly to Johns Hopkins for chemo treatments. The nurse had always said how well he was doing and taking the treatments. Then, eight months into his chemo, in June 2006, instead of his chemo, we were called into the doctor's office and were told the chemo is no longer effective and were told he was too weak for a new study they were planning for him. We were shocked beyond belief when Don was told he had two months to live. We were told to call Hospice upon arrival home. Without the help of Hospice I would have become totally undone. Everyone was so kind, caring, loving and helpful. I couldn't begin to adequately express my appreciation. A highlight for Don at the end was Dr. Playfoot, our former physician, paying him a home visit. P. S. Don lived eight months longer.
My experience with Hospice care extends from Lancaster to Pittsburgh and recently Colorado. In all three of these cases, my loved ones received care, comfort and compassion, and we the family are forever grateful. No matter where the Hospice organization is located, the concept is fully demonstrated. At a time when both the patient and the family need a support system, each of the Hospice groups I have worked with were "at the ready" — no matter time of day or weather (Colorado was buried in snow!). My sister (Colorado) was also in Palliative Care before Hospice and they, too, deserve praise.
Long Beach Township, NJ
In Feb. 2006 my mother, Verna M. Williams, was a patient at the Lancaster facility for four days. We were extremely happy that we were able to get her in. It was one of the nicest experiences. The doctors, nurses, ministers and everyone that we had contact with were so kind to my mother and to us. It was so nice, at a sad time, to know that she was being taken good care of. Thanks again for a wonderful experience.
Tom & Phyllis Ruoss
Hospice sure did help my sister (Kathy Chambers) when our mother (E. Arlene Nields) was near the end of her life. Hospice has helped so many of our friends or members of their families. Thank you for being there for these dear ones and their families in their time of need.
Bob & Betty Russell
I want to say Thank You to each and every person, from doctors, nurses, nurses aides, maintenance and anyone else that helped my wife, Mary, while she was there. She was a very special person who had a lot of medical problems, pain and special needs in her daily care. There were times when Mary had to go to different hospitals, skilled facilities and other trips for blood work or x-rays. On almost every occassion the pain was compounded because everybody seemed to be in a hurry. I want to let you know that from the minute we arrived on March 10 until Mary's death, your staff could not have been more caring, compassionate and considerate of Mary's needs.
James W. Sahd
During the last few months of my husband's life the visits from Hospice staff were such a comfort to us. Your physical support, medical expertise and spiritual support were such a blessing.
My mother's stay at Hospice was quite short, less than 24 hours. What a caring and peaceful place to spend your very last day on this earth. After my mother went to be with my father in heaven, we remained in her room for a few hours, just to hold her hand one more time. The staff was unbelievable, telling us to stay as long as we wanted. They even played her favorite music for her in her room as she took her last breaths. We will never forget the care and compassion shown by everyone who is a part of Hospice.
The group of nurses that came to Nan's house was top-notch — they took care of her to make her last days more comfortable! They also helped my mom and her dad/brothers/sisters to get through this difficult process. My grandma died as she lived her life — with grace and integrity — on her own terms. Thank you again to all. The angels of Hospice cannot be thanked enough! God Bless!
Eric, Steph, Zach and David Schmitt
As a friend, I was impressed with the loving care your nurse, Janice, provided. It was a comfort to know their needs were so carefully supplied.
Joyce J. Schroeder
My 92 year old father was a patient at Lancaster General Hospital. Although cancer was discovered it was old age that caught up with him. For whatever reason doctors attending dad insisted he undergo certain tests. He didn't want the tests and I affirmed him. His only desire was to return to his room at Landis Homes. Since dad's health was deteriorating Hospice had been called. A nurse arrived for an introductory visit at the time we were working through this conflict. She introduced herself and asked how things are going. I told her our dilemma. She excused herself and said she would return shortly. True to her word she was back in minutes. She informed us all tests had been cancelled and that he would be returned to Landis Homes early afternoon. My shocked response: "From where did you come?" Hospice personnel visited and ministered to dad and family members regularly until he died three weeks later. We felt so blessed and grateful. You are loved!
Glen M. Sell
My sister Debbie passed away in February 2004. Thanks to Hospice, she was able to remain in her home, surrounded by her family and friends. From start to finish all her needs were met with great care and compassion.
It has been a month since my mother, Dorothy Shearer, passed away peacefully and with dignity in your wonderful facility. My father and I spent many hours with Mom in her lovely room and I know our feelings of peace that we now have are due to the wonderful care Mom had and the environment in which she was able to be at the end of her life. We can't thank the staff enough for all that they did for Mom, treating her like their mother and us like their family. In particular, Dad and I interacted most with Sally, Linda and Diane and they made such a difference. Our hearts are grateful for all that you do.
Robert Shearer and Judith Shearer Eyster
To All the Wonderful Caregivers of Hospice of Lancaster,
Bill and I would like to express our sincere thanks for the loving care and friendship you gave to Bill's mother, Betty Shee, in the last part of her life. It really helped knowing she was in such good care of great friends. Our thoughts are with you. Thank you!
Bill and Betty Shee & Family
Apsley, Ontario, Canada
I want to thank you for the excellent care given to my step-dad, Eugene Mowrer. Your compassion was outstanding and I was at peace by the fact that you did everything possible to keep him comfortable during his last days here on earth. The facility also was wonderful and my sisters, mom and I spent many evenings eating together and knowing our loved one was close by. When we left, I felt like we were leaving our second home. Thank you and may God bless each one of you.
I think the Path of Remembrance is a great tribute. My two children and I had a brick put in Lancaster (Good Drive). My daughter took me to see it. We saw the beautiful gardens and took many pictures when we were there.
Myrtle M Sherick
The Green Team was amazing in every way! Kate, the RN; Angie, Daniele, Judy and Ashley, the LPNs; and everyone else who helped us were just outstanding! Our questions were always answered, help was offered when we didn't know we needed it and all the people who cared for Winona were extremely kind and understanding. There is no way we could have managed that awful month without your guidance. Thank you so much for all you did for us!!
New Holland, PA
We want to express our deep gratitude for all of the guidance, assistance and care given to Donna Myer, and us, as she lived in our home for a period of time. All of the service provided was outstanding. We couldn't have done all we needed and wanted to do without all the help rendered.
Lynn & Lynne Shively
In November 1992 my husband was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. The doctor gave him six months to a year. In one month he was gone and you came and set up and took care of everything. You were a Godsend and I thank you. God Bless All of you!
Sophia W. Shreiner
I want to thank the Teal Team for all they have done for my Mother, Edna O. Turner. Since I reside in Florida, Kimberly Zimmerman, RN, kept me informed of my Mom's condition. Under Kim's capable supervision, the Teal Team substantially improved Mom's quality of life during her final months. They also provided much appreciated support during her final days. Throughout my weekly phone calls with Mom, she would mention numerous acts of kindness and gentleness by her caregivers, Kim, Susan and Becky. Thank you also for the support provided by Ellen Kanagy and the Chaplains. There are not adequate words to express how grateful I am for ALL the special people associated with Hospice & Community Care. Enclosed is my personal check given in loving memory of my Mom and as a token of my appreciation for your invaluable services.
Bonnie and Kenneth Siglin
The Villages, FL
Thank you for bringing peace to sorrow filled families, for providing calm in the midst of uncertainty and mostly, dignity to those leaving here to be delivered to the Savior! May you be blessed!
Andrew & Maureen Smith
My beloved husband, Bob, was given 6 months to live and 2 days later Hospice was at our home to see Bob. At first Bob didn't want Hospice to come (he didn't need them) but eventually he looked forward to seeing them come. His eyes would light up when he heard them pull in the lane. He grew to love them, not only as caregivers, but as friends and members of our family. They talked and laughed with us as only family could. Bob lived 13 months instead of 6 because of God, love and Hospice. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of and pray for "our family" from Hospice. I could never tell you enough of what Hospice did for Bob and us, 24 hours a day. May God bless and keep all of you at Hospice. THANK YOU doesn't begin to say how very much we will always remember and thank you.
Being 68 years old, I have had a number of family and friends use your service of hospice. Three years ago my closest friend of 30 years died under hospice care. Bonnie Metzler had been a hospice nurse herself since the center on Good Drive opened, before dying of heart disease. Now retired myself, I have become a hospice volunteer.
Janet L. Smith
Where do I start? About grief, someone at Hospice once said, "You never get over it-but you do get through it." It has been almost seven years since my husband died and I believe that I have gotten through the worst. I will never get over his loss and the ache is still there, but no matter what the future holds the gut wrenching, searing pain is finally gone. I give the credit to the incredible staff at Hospice, especially Elaine Ostrum (aka EO), Elaine Potts (aka EP) and Lauren Rider-Kreider. Without them, I don't know how I would have gotten through the first two years. Elaine Ostrum shared her sensitivity, professionalism and kindness when I could no longer keep the tears and pain inside. Our regular meetings were a Godsend and she helped me take the boulder off my shoulders. I don't believe she realized how much she helped me start the process of healing. Than you, thank you, thank you, Elaine. Elaine Potts and Lauren Rider were always there too, ready to offer their support as well (I took it!) and were almost always be able to make me laugh. Thank you. There was one huge hurdle I needed to cross and I didn't know how long it would have taken me to cross it alone. Tucker and I were married in Long's Park and for a very long time I could not go there. Rather than remembering the joy of that day, I felt the pain of his loss. After some time had passed I knew I was ready to cross the last hurdle. Elaine Ostrum and Lauren Rider-Kreider asked if I wanted to meet them at the park. I was humbled by their offer and gladly accepted. That day was the first time I was able to return to the spot where Tucker and I shared our vows. I shed some tears but also smiled when I remembered "our day". I met Elaine and Lauren and we sat and talked for quite some time. As I recall, I shared some stories and we laughed. Going there now is bittersweet — the happy and not-so-happy memories but I'm not afraid to go. I know that people at Hospice are always there if I need them. ("EO", if the boulder comes back, you'll be the first person I'll call.) To everyone at Hospice and the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss, I give you my thanks, appreciation and gratitude.
I can say nothing but good things of Hospice. The love and care and compassion were very evident. We had Hospice the last several weeks before my husband died of cancer and it was such a help in so many ways. The comfort they gave to both of us was so appreciated. After his death, I attended the sessions on "grief" and "losing a spouse". They were so helpful. God bless you and all you do for us as we travel this journey of losing a loved one.
We heard about Hospice through a close friend. We knew about Hospice but we always thought it was for cancer patients only. We were very pleased with the care that Hospice provided for my father. The very first visit brought so much comfort. It seemed as though a heavy load was taken from my mother and I. Everyone was so caring and friendly. In a years time Hospice became as family. It was a big loss when my father died, but then we also missed hospice care or just the friendly nurses to talk to. We have found Hospice to be friends with everyone they care for. Keep up the good work.
Barbara L. Smoker
We would like to thank you for taking care of our mom, and making her comfortable in her last days here. We just wanted you to know what that means to a family at this difficult time of life. You are such a caring organization. Thanks again.
Karen & Mike Smoker
To share my story is easy to do. We had Hospice for my husband, Levi, for eleven months. Oh my, I don't know how we would have done it without them. We could call Hospice anytime day or night, weekends an a phone call had them here at our side in a short time. I tell people about your wonderful care for patients and caregivers alike. I don't know how I can ever do enough for you, but my income is very little, so I hope with the small amount I send in will help in some way. Julie Gang and Marsha were the regular nurses that came two or three times a week. I still get very down at times, but I just have to get hold of myself and keep going. My health is pretty good for an 83 year old. Barbara and I want to go visit my sister in Park County, Indiana the last week in July. Out of a family of 10, there are only two of us left. I can hardly wait to see her. It will be good medicine for me. I often think of your good care. Thanks and thanks again.
Lydia L. Smoker
I could not put into words the way I feel about Hospice. You were there many times for my family that passed away. You are the very best, and I truly thank God you are there for so, so many hurting people. You were a blessing when you cared for my mother, and a blessing to me before and after my mother's passing. Thank you so much.
The care my husband received from Hospice was so special to my three daughters and me while he was a patient at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community during the summer of 2006. The Hospice Caretakers who came became part of our family and to this day we return that friendship and caring when we meet up with them. We missed being with them after his death in September 2006. What a blessing your service is to the community and to the families you serve. Your kindness and expertise will long be remembered. Thank you.
Mary E. Spence
A lot of times step-relatives get a bad rap… Not this time. Warren M. Yohe married my grandmother with two infant children. My mother was a couple of months old. Her brother was a year or two old. He was married to my grandmother until my mom and uncle became adults, my uncle was killed when I was two and it left my mom and her step-father. My grandmother and step-grandfather divorced when I was very young. My grandfather got remarried and went on to have two kids of his own, Warren Jr. and Michele. We always stayed close. My brother, sister and I always called him "Pop Pop". My middle name is Warren, after him. He was my grandfather, no "step" as far as I was concerned. Over the years with his new wife, Dot, and his kids, we still had a family bond! My mother always called him "Dad". She wanted nothing to do with her real father. Pop Pop was her real dad and our grandfather! Dot passed away November 2008 and Pop Pop passed on his birthday January 26, 2010, at the age of 94. He was the last of 11 brothers and sisters. I feel very blessed to have had him and his whole family as part of my life. Never, and I mean never, did I feel like a step anything! I would like for you to share this story with both Warren Jr. and Michele if possible. Thanks.
Bruce W. Spickler
Mount Joy, PA
My son who was my best friend, my confidant, my helper, shared my joys and my sorrow was taken away with cancer of the stomach. He neither drank nor smoked or lived a wild life. I am almost 88 and I feel I am old and should be the one who should leave this world. He was truly a good person and at 63 had so many people who needed him. I realize I am being selfish, but loosing such a giving, loving person who I loved so much. I do appreciate Hospice very much as they helped relieve his pain and give him peace.
I only started volunteering for Hospice in January 2010, but I've already had many memorable experiences. I do gardening and work at the inpatient unit at the Essa Flory Hospice Center on Good Drive. I love working with plants and enjoy knowing that I contribute to the beauty of the gardens. On Sunday, I proudly showed off the spectacular roses to my sister visiting from North Carolina. I have two poignant patient stories: One patient was a very elegant, literate lady whom I helped after she threw up, a very undignified experience. After she settled back in bed, I asked her about the book she was reading. This led to the discovery that we both love the poetry of Walt Whitman. She regretted not having any of his works, so I quoted my favorite line that begins "Smile O voluptuous cool-breath'd earth!" I felt like I helped her regain her dignity. Her identity was a poetry lover, not a sick person. Last week, I prepared a special meal. The patient wanted a favorite breakfast remembered from his childhood – soft poached eggs mixed with torn buttered bread (not toasted). I don't know what it's like to be dying, but I think it would be comforting to have someone try to make my favorite dish the way my mom did.
During the months of my husband's lung cancer, my full-time job kept me busy and away from home for many hours. His physicians were very straight-forward and we'd received counseling that they'd recommended. Visits from Hospice staff and volunteers helped him to fulfill his wish to stay in his own home. They helped us to meet his medical needs and pain management. He was a modest man, so fully clothed he was comfortably on his favorite couch, watching a British movie with his wife of thirty years by his side when he breathed his last breath. As soon as I called his Hospice nurse, she arrived promptly to help me with everything I needed to do. I am grateful for all.
Thank y'all so much for all the kindness, care and love you gave my mother, Harriet Sharpless, in her final weeks. Also, thank you for your kindness to me. I am doing well. I feel at peace because her long struggle is finally over and she is in a far better place with Jesus and lots of family and friends. She was an amazing lady! Enclosed is a check in her memory. May your lives be blessed richly by God for y'all are very, very special angels.
Hospice is the most thoughtful caring agency one could have during an end-of-life situation. My husband Ron was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August of 2007. After problems with chemo it was time to bring hospice in. They were called late in November and his RN advised me he had two weeks. We kept him at home for ten days until he had to be taken to the center for better pain control. They were all so caring, concerned and the facility was wonderful. Then caring counselors and grief support were marvelous. Thank you Hospice.
Carol Jenkins was a friend, neighbor and our White Standard Poodle, Sophia's baby sitter when Sophia was a puppy. Carol would come to our house and care for Sophia Maria while my husband and I worked. We also had a white standard Poodle, Brindle who was completely blind. "Auntie Carol" cared for these two dogs as if they were her very own, "Mrs. Jenkins" was also a very loving influence to our small grandchildren Garrett and Mason. She was the only person who allowed them to jump on a new sofa. One day Auntie Carol came to care for Brindle and Sophia. After entering the house, Auntie Carol realized Sophia Maria had destroyed the living room sofa and both dogs were covered with sofa "fluff". We lost Auntie Carol two years later to liver cancer and ironically we lost Sophia Maria at the young age of five to liver failure. Brindle lived to the age of twelve. Carol Jenkins touched our hearts and canine families with unconditional love.
Greg & Kathy Strunk
Hospice came into my life twice. The first time was December of 2001 when my mother took ill because of too much blood thinner. Hospice was there at the drop of a dime. All we had to do was call, day or night. The second time was March of 2007 when my father was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Hospice showed me how to take care of him until the final days. At the drop of a hat, they were there; leaving their families to comfort me on those final days. Also, the day before my father passed away, I called Hospice because something wasn't right. Hospice said the end was near, since I was there with him to tell him how much I loved him, that he would be missed and that he would be going to be together with my mother again. Hospice was there all night until he passed. I am very grateful for Hospice. Without them, I don't think I would have gotten through my parents passing. Thank you very much Hospice for being there in my times of grief. I attend Remembering Our Mothers every year and enjoy it very much. I hope if I ever need Hospice that you will be there to comfort my son, because that is all I have left.
We want to thank your staff for the wonderful care at the Mount Joy Hospice facility and in Anna Mae's home that was given to her during her illness. May God bless each one of you.
Esther and Richard Swope
We wanted to mention that when we called Hospice the evening of August 18th your staff member who took our call was most courteous and helpful. Nancy Harrison came to the house and was most compassionate and understanding and took care of all the paperwork that needed to be completed. We are most appreciative of the services provided to Dad and our family during that time.
Our mother Kathryn Troutman passed away on November 17, 2011 in the Denver Nursing Home. We would like to thank everyone who visited her, and for the care and concern given to her. Thank you for calling us every time you visited or for leaving a note to explain to us what was done. We truly thank you with all our hearts. Thank you for the visit from Pastor Beard and all later on and the call from your office about our concerns. Again thank you and God bless all.
Audrey & Lillian Troutman
We truly appreciate all you did for Mom and our family. Please extend our thanks to Debbie Miley for her extraordinary compassion and also for the beautiful service she conducted. We truly appreciate all your organization does.
The Jack Verigood Family
Thanks for all the support you provided to my brother, sister-in-law, nieces and me while he was home. My first experience with Hospice on a personal level, not as a nurse, was beyond what I could imagine. Thanks and God bless.
Mary E. Vogelsang
Our family was introduced to Hospice when my mother, Jean V. Hartshorne, was diagnosed with rare bladder cancer in 1998. The Hospice team is truly angels without visible wings. The support for Jean and the family was tremendous. Although the specific names escape us now, the positive ways that Hospice touches our hearts and lives are with us forever. God bless you!
Cynthia Hartshorne Walton
What is Hospice? Caring people, who make life a little easier in hard times. When I think of Hospice I think of Stella Dunn. She came to visit dad and boy did he look forward to her visits. They could talk and laugh for a long time. Dad sure enjoyed her visits. Thanks Stella for making dad's days so great.
They were amazing in the way they respected and appreciated my 38 years of nursing experience and my brother an MD (internist) and the way they took all our wishes to continue to be fully engaged as much as possible right to the end. They provided respite care the weekend our youngest daughter graduated with her MA so we could be part of that important day. God allowed Mom to have Grande Mal seizure when the charge nurse was there the day before the graduation thus enabling them to be able to have all the criteria for respite skilled nursing care. Our entire family including grandchildren provided care so it was very important for us to keep her in the apartment to the end. The Hospice Center was offered as a solution, but they respected our wishes to keep her home. We asked them to keep the soothing scripture, lullabies CD going as it helped alleviate Mom's anxiety and they did. They helped us create the most peaceful and comfortable death possible!! You guys are such good team players too! I was so honored to work next to such dedicated, amazing nurses!
Beth Weaver, RN and Rev. Walter Jackson
Even though Mom's stay with you was very short, it was so beautiful and calming.
One of the most comforting for my mom was the care and the fact that the room was adorned in "blue" and the picture above her head was of her favorite flowers, daisies. God Bless
Sue and Jim Weaver
Congratulations on 30 years of caring! My husband was diagnosed with metastasized, irreparable gall bladder cancer in early spring of 2003 and given two to five years with five considered as a "medical miracle." We went through a year of 'watchful waiting' and three of various chemo-therapies, which helped but as predicted, couldn't cure.
In November of 2007 hospice care was recommended to help monitor his medications and oversee changes of bandages and wound care. Our hospice nurses were a comfort in overseeing, in support and medicine changes over the following 14 months. Yes, he surpassed the five year "miracle" by seven months, and credit goes both to our oncologist and our many hospice nurses, chaplain and support team. Thanks, Hospice, for the blessing you are.
We are the parents of Dean Edward Wert Jr., who died May 29, 2006 at the Essa Flory Hospice Center in Lancaster. He had lived in Kentucky, but moved back home to Pennsylvania about a a month before his death. Hospice had everything set up and ready when he arrived: hospital bed, potty chair, walker, even oxygen, which he never needed. Either a nurse, aide or social worker was there almost every day. Everyone of them were so caring and compassionate! We can't say enough about them. There aren't words to explain the peace we felt, knowing he was receiving the best care possible. And when he was at the Inpatient Center on Good Drive, we hated to see the first nurses shift end, but every nurse who came on was just as wonderful as the last. We can never repay you for the care he received. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Dean Sr. and Dottie Wert
To the entire Hospice Staff –
Thank you so very much for all that you did in caring for Robert Wertz these past few weeks. Your kindness and compassion as well as your skilled nursing care were greatly appreciated and made this difficult time so much easier for us to bear. We will continue to pray for you and your patients.
Thankfully, The family of Robert Wertz
Lynn Peters and Jean Wertz
Hospice has been a part of our lives for more than 20 years. My parents, Jackie and Dick Nissley, serve as volunteers and whether it is the Labor Day Auction or daily visits, have made all of their children and grandchildren aware of the importance of hospice care. Some day our family may need the first rate care that Hospice provides. Thank you for being a part of our lives before then.
Back in 2007, I was notified my sister-in-law, Mary Lou Wiker, was at Hospice. I came over everyday after work to visit. I was so impressed with the beautiful facility, nurses and volunteers, who were so friendly and helpful. They took care of my brother, Ron Wiker, and his family as they stayed with Mary Lou. She went to be with our Lord and was well taken care of as she prepared for her journey to heaven. When my time comes I will not hesitate to come to Hospice. Thank you for taking care of Mary Lou.
Carol A. Wiker-Work
My late wife, Donna J. Wilson, passed away in November of 1998, which is 12 years ago. Donna passed away at the Inpatient Center on Good Drive. I cannot thank all the staff during the last two days of Donna's life enough for all they did for Donna. In 2007 I was diagnosed with an incurable illness myself; Polycystic kidney disease, factor five Leiden disease. Now I am on social security disability. I have spoken to a lady from Hospice about my diseases. This lady came down to the house and got some information about me and the diseases that I have been diagnosed with now. I have no idea how many years or even months I will have for my life. Only, my Lord God and his son, Jesus know how much time I have before it is my time to leave this world and go to heaven to be with God and Jesus, for all eternity, after my death. Thank you so very much.
Robert L. Wilson
Thank you for everything your entire staff did for my stepmother, Nancy Custer. I know her fear of dying was minimized because of the support and care from everyone, and especially the staff at the Mt. Joy facility, where she spent her last days. I was very grateful also for everyone that took care of her and kept me updated every week or daily, as needed, so I would know what was taking place with not only her care, but also her daily condition.
It was very hard living so far away and it was a real comfort knowing she was in such good hands. I made a lot of trips to be with Nancy during the last 6 months of her life, and I was always fortunate to be able to see, talk and spend time with many of the staff that came to her home and also when she was an inpatient at Mt. Joy. They always were very open and frank, but at the same time so very compassionate, which meant more to me than they will ever know. Because of everything all of you did, please accept the enclosed check in memory of Nancy. I know she would be very happy to know that this donation will be there to help others as you helped her. Again, thank you for all that you did for her, me and my husband.
North Jackson, OH
Our daughter spent thirty-one years on dialysis, three times a week. In April of 2007 she developed sores on her legs that spread until there was no skin on either leg, from knees to ankles. We went to the wound center every week and the last time we went, she was told both legs had to be amputated above the knees and was given a 20-25% chance of coming through the surgery. She went into shock and in the ER was told they had a room for her and her answer was "No you don't". She consented to Hospice on Wednesday evening and we brought her home Friday evening. She passed away in her own bed the following Tuesday, November 6, 2007. Throughout the week, everyone was very kind and supportive and she was given the best of care. Thank you.
Jack & Pat Woerth
Dear Hospice and all of the very caring workers:
I hardly have words to express the thanks for all of the wonderful, compassionate care that was given to my mother, Marion Albaugh, at the Mount Joy Hospice Center. It was very hard to watch my mother suffer during her weeks at Hospice, but we could not have asked for a more peaceful place for her to be in those last days. We felt an indescribable peace every time we walked through the front door. Every person that we came in contact with, especially those who personally cared for Mom, were absolutely wonderful. Many times I referred to them as our angels. I cannot begin to name everyone and feel that it would be wrong to list any one if I cannot list all. We will continue to support Hospice in hopes that everyone who needs the special care that is given can get the care that is well deserved. Thank you to everyone.
Pamela & Keith Wolgemuth
I became a volunteer at Hospice after visiting a friend who came there when the end was near. Seeing how content and peaceful she was and the good care she received I know that when my time comes I want to be here also. Since that time six years ago, I have seen many family members and friends come through that door. Being a Foyer Greeter is very rewarding as I meet a lot of nice people. Being an eight year cancer survivor, you never know what the next day will be, but it helps to know that there is a place like Hospice and the excellent staff that works there for you. Thank you and God bless all!
Peach Bottom, PA
Thank you, thank you! You all were so caring of Mom—and me—during her illness and death. Toward the end she no longer had much desire to remain here in her old, sick body. But it was only a week or two before she died that she began to realize that she would probably not be able to go anywhere anymore. Please accept this small gift as my token of appreciate for all you gave to support us.
Your loving care of our dear mother was truly a gift from God. Thank you. We pray others will be blessed, as we were, through your kind compassionate care of Kathryn M. Miller, through your Gold Team.
Mel & Joyce Zimmerman
Words can't express my thanks to all the wonderful nurses who took such good care of Frank and me. Rachel, Heidi, Nancy, Mandy and Grace, you are truly angels. I will forever remember your care and concern. I miss him terribly but I also know one day we will be together again. Blessings to you.
Mount Joy, PA