Chronicles of Care

From Experiencing Loss to Giving Back

For 12 years, Sheri and Gene were unstoppable.

Gene built a successful career as a senior officer at a Fortune 500 company before retiring at age 60. The couple traveled the world’s most beautiful wine regions in Italy, Spain, Argentina and France. For their 10th wedding anniversary they enjoyed a trip to South Africa and the special wine region of Stellenbosch. Sheri said their life together was “truly happy”.

Continue reading “From Experiencing Loss to Giving Back”

Leaving a Legacy – Colorado Mountain Boardwalk for the Disabled

Roger West, a recent patient with The Denver Hospice, left a living legacy — he opened the Colorado wilderness to those with disabilities, their families and caregivers. After his father had lost his ability to walk following surgery, Roger dreamed of building a trail to provide wheelchair access to Colorado’s colorful outdoors. He found the perfect place in Park County, Colorado. And he wasn’t about to let 9,200 feet of elevation stand in the way.

Continue reading “Leaving a Legacy – Colorado Mountain Boardwalk for the Disabled”

Looking Forward Together

Looking Forward Together in 2017

January is a time to reflect on the past year and anticipate opportunities ahead. It’s a time to celebrate success and set goals. But as we look back on our success, it would be misleading to say we did it all on our own. Our 2016 accomplishments would not have been made possible without your support.

Continue reading “Looking Forward Together in 2017”

I Became Best Friends with a Hospice Patient

Sitting in her wheelchair, Florence smiles up at Felicia as she carefully paints Florence’s nails with shimmering gold polish. Felicia then gently applies a light coat of lipstick to finish the look.

Florence Grant is a 94-year-old, non-verbal woman without any family in the area. In the care of The Denver Hospice, she was introduced to Felicia Kile, a volunteer.

Eight months ago they were strangers. Today they are best friends.

Continue reading “I Became Best Friends with a Hospice Patient”

Susan Langley: The Woman Who Moved Mountains

If you’ve come across Susan Langley in your lifetime, you wouldn’t forget her. Or, as she likes to put it, “My voice will be in your head.”

Having worked at The Denver Hospice for 22 years, Susan is a self-taught expert in the community. During her tenure, she worked in various departments, served on committees, influenced policy and positively affected many lives.

Continue reading “Susan Langley: The Woman Who Moved Mountains”

Colorado Gives Day Just Got Better

The Denver Hospice is the grateful recipient of a challenge gift from New West Physicians! New West Physicians has generously pledged to donate $45,000 to The Denver Hospice on Colorado Gives Day and has challenged our supporters to match their gift to help The Denver Hospice reach a goal of $90,000.

Continue reading “Colorado Gives Day Just Got Better”

Helping Elvin Preserve His Legacy

Whitney Haney, Grief Counselor and Art Therapist, began working with Elvin in January 2015, Elvin had been referred to the Art Therapy Integrative Department of The Denver Hospice to help him reflect on and record his life. In the midst of reflecting on his legacy, Elvin became afraid that when he died his stories would die with him. Continue reading “Helping Elvin Preserve His Legacy”