William R. lived in a well-kept ranch style home, nestled on a sprawling piece of land east of Winchester. On a crisp, sunny December morning, I made my first visit to this gentleman, already well known to most of his hospice team. As we approached the front door, greeted by the distinctive squawking of chickens nearby on the property, I mentally reviewed what I had earlier read about the man I would meet inside. Under [...]
Chief Emeritus Selby Jacobs, now an in-home patient of Blue Ridge Hospice, got his wish of one last ride in a fire truck on Thursday. Wearing his uniform and riding shotgun in the Orkney Springs Fire Engine, Jacobs was joined by his daughter, Melissa Young, his Blue Ridge Hospice care team, and members of the Orkeny Springs, Shenandoah County, and Conicville Fire and Rescue Stations. “Our job is to leave the world a little better [...]
When a loved one dies and condolence visits from family and friends have dwindled, often the bereaved are left trying to piece their lives back together. For those grieving the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be an especially difficult time. Blue Ridge Hospice’s Grief Support Staff is offering workshops in Winchester and Front Royal throughout November designed to help individuals and families prepare for a holiday season without their loved one. All [...]
Blue Ridge Hospice, through the generosity of its sponsors, hosted its 17th Annual Butterfly Run 5K/10K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 19th, starting at 9 a.m. at the State Arboretum in Boyce, Virginia. The event attracted close to 300 participants of all ages. Participants included families; beginner, intermediate, and serious runners; and walkers of all kinds. Each participant received a t-shirt and enjoyed refreshments and activities at the finish line festival. The 5K was a gorgeous [...]
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