At 37 years of age, Brad Smith received the devastating news that he had stage three colon
the day Brad moved to St. Joseph’s Hospice from the hospital, he and Jessie decided to do
that they used to take for granted; they hopped in the car, just the two of them, and took their
last car ride together to Hospice. For the next 13 days Brad called St. Joseph’s Hospice home.
“I wake up every morning and go to bed every night with visions of Brad in my mind and heart. I’m
sure the underlying grief will always be with me. With Hospice’s help, I’m slowly learning to
with it.” — Terry, Brad’s Mom
For 111 days, Katherine Krewe-Letwin's family called Hospice their home during her battle with
most aggressive kind of brain tumor. Once she moved in, her health dramatically began to
she began sleeping through the night and eating 3 meals a day again. Hospice's wraparound care
allowed her family to relax and simply be with her, rather than be her caregiver.
“The whole time we were at Hospice we kept saying we felt as though we’d won the lottery. We were
grateful to be able to have this for Mom. When we first entered Hospice, we all felt defeated
tired. It gave us this opportunity to just BE with her.” — Samantha (daughter)
When Rick came to stay at St. Joseph’s Hospice, he knew he didn’t have long to live. After eight
years of cancer treatments, his battle was coming to an end. Upon his arrival at St. Joseph’s
Hospice, Rick looked around and said: This is pretty close to home.
“Our stay was just like being at home. It’s comfort any way you want it. It’s amazing. It’s all
the patient. Not just a patient in a hospital; it really does put you first. When he first
Rick said ‘It feels just like home,’ and I know I could never have given him this at home. I
better at Hospice than I did at home because I could see him and I know if he needs anything,
be taken care of.” — Irene (Rick's Wife)