Heartwarming Hospice Stories

The end of a life is never easy, but finding moments of love, solace and even joy can add a perspective that touches each of us deeply and provides strength. The stories on this page are tales of how hospice has enriched the lives of patients and their families. These stories also serve to provide an example of the dignity and beauty that are possible when hospice is provided.

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VIDEO: WWII Veteran Recognized

A group of navy veterans from near and far came together to pay tribute at a pinning ceremony for WWII submariner Columba “Colly” O’Gorman, a WWII submarine vet.

Rosie the Riveter

Silverado Hospice patient Louise helped with the war effort, and we helped her immortalize her accomplishment.

Video: Living on Hospice

Every hospice experience is unique, but all are based in dignity and quality of life. In this video three people, one hospice patient and two spouses, share their stories of how important hospice has been to them.

Jordan: A Hospice Story

Jordan Guernsey was diagnosed with Melanoma while in his late twenties. See how he faced the greatest of challenges with bravery and grace, and how his family received the support they needed during such a trying time. 

One More Shift at the Firehouse

Lee Balistrieri proudly served as a firefighter in West Allis, Wisconsin for 31 years. Though Alzheimer's has taken much from him, a recent trip to the Brookfield Fire Station helped him reconnect with memories and rediscover his pride in his career saving lives.

The Mendoza Wedding

Nancy Mendoza was the mother of four young children. When her courageous battle with cancer was nearing its end and Nancy went on hospice, her greatest wish was one of pure love - to marry her childhood sweetheart.

Hospice Patient's Wishes Granted

When Morrissia Sauer first came under the care of Silverado South Houston Hospice she had just been diagnosed with end-stage heart disease, but she soon learned that she had a lot more experiences ahead of her. 

Hospice Dream Getaway

Hospice patient Mike Mulé got the chance to celebrate a special 25th anniversary getaway with his lovely wife. Read the story of how they were able to share this special time together.

Firefighter Gets One More Shift

Serving as a firefighter was one of the defining aspects of Rufus Smith’s life, so when his journey neared its end, Silverado Hospice helped make his wish of “one last shift” a reality.

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