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Sometimes it is a story that helps us understand a new idea or learn something new.  The families of individuals we have cared for graciously share their stories with us so that others may have the opportunity to expereince hospice care. 

A Daughter's Story of VNA Hospice

A Daughter's Story of VNA Hospice

Posted on May 02, 2013 by Debby

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

Posted on May 02, 2013 by John

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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A Story of Caring with VNA Hospice

A Story of Caring with VNA Hospice

Posted on May 02, 2013 by Lisa

Lisa shares the story of her husband's illness and how VNA Hospice helped her and her children get through a difficult time.

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A Well-Timed Conversation

Posted on December 11, 2012 by The Dooley Family

A decision based on love, and a well-timed conversation.

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A Testimony to Starting the Conversation

A Testimony to Starting the Conversation

Posted on May 11, 2012 by Rose J., Rupert, VT

After hearing about Start the Conversation from Rutland Area VNA & Hospice, here’s what one local resident had to say.

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Family Visits

Family Visits

Posted on March 29, 2012

Tootsie faced the end of her life with the same clear-eyed determination and wry humor she had always possessed.

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Beating the Odds with Love, Hospice and Community

Beating the Odds with Love, Hospice and Community

Posted on March 29, 2012

As Rutland Area VNA and Hospice's longest-surviving hospice patient, Sallie Barber survived the odds and lived with the support of Hospice care for three years. Unknown to most, terminally ill patients on hospice care live an average of 29 days longer than those who did not choose hospice.

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Meet Dr. Ursula McVeigh

Meet Dr. Ursula McVeigh

Posted on March 29, 2012

Dr. McVeigh is a palliative medicine physician at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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Meet Dr. Allen C. Hutcheson

Meet Dr. Allen C. Hutcheson

Posted on August 15, 2011

Dr. Allen C. Hutcheson joins Southwestern Vermont Health Care

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Meet Dr. Robert Macauley

Meet Dr. Robert Macauley

Posted on June 01, 2011

Fletcher Allen Palliative Medicine

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Meet Stephen Kiernan

Meet Stephen Kiernan

Posted on June 01, 2011

A prolific writer and award-winning journalist, Stephen Kiernan captivates audiences.

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Meet Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP!

Meet Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP!

Posted on November 24, 2010 by biography obtained from CAPC

Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP: Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care; Director, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; and Professor, Geriatrics and Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine will be coming to Vermont March 28, 2011!

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"More Thoughts From Dr. Zail Berry"

Posted on November 30, 2009 by Dr. Zail Berry

Dr. Zail Berry explains how palliative care differs from the the broader practice of medicine in our society.

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Meet Dr. Zail S. Berry, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.

Meet Dr. Zail S. Berry, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.

Posted on July 08, 2009

Dr. Zail Berry is one of Vermont’s top experts in the practice of palliative medicine and end of life care.

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Meet Virginia “Ginny” Lynn Fry, M.A.

Meet Virginia “Ginny” Lynn Fry, M.A.

Posted on July 08, 2009

A respected Vermont artist, educator, and counselor...

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