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It's Time To Talk!

In life we prepare for everything… college, marriage, children, and retirement. Despite the conversations we have for these important milestones, rarely do we have conversations about how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives.

Talking is the single most important thing that you can do to prepare for the death of someone you love. While difficult, the end of life can be amazingly rich. Talking about this time makes a rich ending more likely. Often such conversations are avoided out of an understandable desire to spare each other’s feelings. They need not be.

Your local non-profit Visiting Nurse Associations and Home Health and Hospice agencies have prepared helpful materials and resources to help you start the conversation with your loved ones.

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A Daughter's Story of VNA Hospice

A Daughter's Story of VNA Hospice

Debby shares her story of caring for her mother and how hospice helped her and her family.

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A Story of Support with VNA hospice

A Story of Support with VNA hospice

John shares his touching story of caring for his wife in her final months of life with the help of VNA Hospice.

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Love, Death and Spaghetti

Why it’s so hard to accept that the dying no longer need to eat.

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No. 48? Why Vermont Has Been Slow to Adopt Hospice Care

No one knows what factors account for this discrepancy between preferred and actual settings for the close of life. But health policy consultant Kevin Veller, who is overseeing a statewide hospice study for the VNA, presents a few hypotheses.

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