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It Really Does Matter How We Die

21 Jun 2018, Posted by Seasons in Community

Alan Poteet is a chaplain with our team in Houston. His wife Becky was on our service for a few months in Houston until she died in March of cancer. Alan wrote this tribute about how his wife’s illness and character continues to bless not…

“It’s-All-About-Joe Day!”

11 Jun 2018, Posted by Seasons in Community

There’s a last wish to suit everyone . . . and in Joe’s case, he wished for an actual suit! Joe is a 73-year old Vietnam War Veteran, who now resides at Regency Gresham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, near Portland, Oregon. Joe is a friendly…

Speaking the Truth in Love

25 May 2018, Posted by Seasons in Community

When someone dies, their family processes the life and the loss of that person. Reflecting back on our relationships with a loved one at end of life can bring complex and difficult emotions and memories to the forefront. This is to be expected; it’s all…

The True Beauty of Hospice

26 Apr 2018, Posted by Seasons in Community

When I first met Tara, instead of shaking my hand, she jumped out of her chair, a big smile on her face, and said, “Oh no, I’m a hugger!” I laughed and remarked that, considering my profession, I usually do not receive such a warm…

Always Together, Now & Forever

28 Mar 2018, Posted by Seasons in Community

Sometimes, our lives don’t go as planned. We search for the one that makes our hearts skip a beat, and when we do finally find them, there’s no hesitation; we promise them forever. Plans are made, houses are built and babies are born. Such was…

The Third Miracle

20 Mar 2018, Posted by Seasons in Community

“It’s not what I want but it’s what I got.” These were the words I heard from a resident I encountered in the courtyard of an Assisted Living Facility one evening while charting. I was waiting for traffic to subside before I began my 51…

My Time at Camp Kangaroo

14 Mar 2018, Posted by Seasons in Community

About the Author: Marco is an eleven-year old who attended Camp Kangaroo in Miami. He wrote this essay for a class after attending camp. My time at Camp Kangaroo by Marco Mezzarapa A few weeks ago, my mother told me, my brother, and my sister…

Bid Whist & Blessings

28 Feb 2018, Posted by Seasons in Community

Death and I became acquaintances at a very young age. Raised by my extraordinary, single mother, and two incredible grandparents, I’ve always been proud of my strong African American roots. While kids across the country spent their summers camping and going on road trips, I…

Finding Support At End of Life

27 Feb 2018, Posted by Seasons in Community

Sometimes when you know that the one you love is dying, there is little you can do to tear yourself away, because you want to cherish each moment you have left together. This is how it was for Yolanda, who sat at the hospital bedside…

Learning Life Lessons From A Hospice Patient

26 Jan 2018, Posted by Seasons in Community

About the Author: Lucas Smith is a volunteer with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in New Haven, Connecticut. Lucas is also a medical student at Quinnipiac University. His weekly visits with our patients, brings so much joy to their lives. Lucas has been visiting our…