Pet Therapy with Catholic Community Hospice

Marty Letourneau always had an interest in doing pet therapy work, so when Stanton came into her life, it was the perfect opportunity to begin this journey. Stanton is a 10-year-old black Lab/Golden cross with a very calm and comforting demeanor. Together, they have been doing pet therapy and R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog) visits [...]

2017-06-01T14:46:49-05:00June 1, 2017|

EVENT SERIES – Catholic Spiritual Care for the End of Life: The Importance of Decision-Making

This Catholic Community Hospice event series is presented by Dr. Catherine Powers, Medical Director; Donda McLaughlin, LMSW, LCSW, Parish Liaison; and Brent Doster, LMSW, Bereavement Coordinator. Have you ever thought about end-of-life care for you, a spouse or a parent? What would it look like? Would your faith play a role? It’s scary to learn that [...]

2017-08-25T18:07:53-05:00February 28, 2017|

Bernard’s Hope Story: A Welcomed Walker

Bernard is a neighbor in need. He is someone that one of our staff met on a day off near her neighborhood. They struck up a conversation in the parking lot of a big box store and a friendship began. That was several months ago and many conversations have taken place in various places in [...]

2017-08-25T18:07:53-05:00February 21, 2017|

‘May an angel guide your path’

PHOTO: Sisters Therese Bangert (left) and Judith Jackson, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, have been long-time friends and shared many life experiences – including one they didn’t realize until a later conversation. This article was written by Therese Horvat, Director of Communications for the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and first appeared on the Sisters [...]

2017-08-25T18:07:54-05:00January 4, 2017|

Catholic Community Hospice Recognizes National Hospice Month

“Thank you for your support when my mother was dying. Having you with us on her journey at the end-of-life was a blessing. May your work comfort others in the same situation.” – Family served by Catholic Community Hospice Have you ever thought about what you want medically and spiritually for the end of life? [...]

2016-11-08T12:19:04-06:00November 2, 2016|

Rita’s Hope Story: Respite for Her Caregiver

At Catholic Community Hospice, our staff not only cares for the patient, but provides support to family members.  As one of our Hospice case managers finished up assessing her patient, Rita,  she noticed that Rita’s  daughter, Jodi, seemed overwhelmed. Jodi had worked a 16-hour shift before coming to care for her mother.  She was exhausted.  [...]

2016-09-02T14:15:53-05:00September 2, 2016|

Hospice Volunteer Highlight: Labor of Love

Catholic Community Hospice volunteer Jane Kreiter, along with Bonnie Krause, Director of Volunteers, proudly display the 100th and 101st afghans she has made for our hospice patients! Jane learned to knit when she was 16 years old. She taught herself to crochet when she was in her 20’s, making afghans for family and friends. When [...]

2016-08-15T17:11:54-05:00August 15, 2016|

Now, and at the Hour of Our Death…

Many of us may have thought about what we want medically at the end of life, but what about spiritually?  Do we want someone to pray with us? Do we want our parish priest or church minister present? As a faith-based, non-profit, and the only Catholic hospice in the greater Kansas City area, Catholic Community Hospice [...]

2017-02-02T09:54:37-06:00August 11, 2016|

Trinity Threaders

In 2008, Ann Piette, Pat Wineland, Linda Moyer and Fran Mulligan formed “Trinity Threaders,”a unique ministry at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Lenexa. The group consists of women, men and children who sew, quilt, knit, craft and crochet together several times a month for those in need. Catholic Community Hospice patients are the recipients of those afghans, [...]

2016-08-04T18:08:25-05:00August 4, 2016|

War Memories Connect Hospice Patients and Volunteers

There's a camaraderie that exists among those who have served our country. It's one of the reasons Mike Parker, a Veteran, volunteers with Catholic Community Hospice's Veteran-to-Veteran program. The program pairs a hospice patient who is a Veteran with a volunteer who has also served. It's an opportunity for the patient to recount his/her life [...]

2016-08-26T14:51:06-05:00August 4, 2016|