Stories

Helping hospice families in need

For those in the last stage of life, hospice addresses physical pain. It offers support for the emotional and spiritual pain felt by both the patient and the family. But there’s an invisible pain that runs rampant in families when faced with terminal illness. It’s the pain of knowing there is not enough money to pay for everything.

Not everyone has health insurance. And pre-existing medical expenses can mean the family is just getting by as they enter hospice care. Even when hospice expenses are fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, there are always additional expenses and often reduced incomes. Serious illness takes a big bite out of the family budget, leaving little if any to pay for basic living expenses. When it comes to the financial pain terminal illness can cause, there’s little most hospices can do.

These stories show how VITAS Healthcare addresses financial pain through its charitable organization, VITAS Community Connection.


Reeling in Memories with One Last Fishing Trip

Jeff relaxes on a fishing boat with his friends.

Jeff, a VITAS hospice patient, wanted to take one last fishing trip with his long-time friends. Your donations to VITAS Community Connection helped make it happen. After the trip, Jeff recalled, "my body is still sick, but I am more relaxed and happy."

Read Jeff's story >

"The Best Christmas We've Ever Had"

February 2016 - For Christmas 2015, VITAS Community Connection used donations to make holiday gift baskets for hospice families in need. A few weeks later, we received a touching thank-you letter from a family. Your donations make a difference! Read the letter >

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The Warren Family

Terry Warren of Rock Falls, Illinois, defines himself as “somebody who’s struggling anyway on a day-to-day basis.” When his young wife was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, he became mom, dad, nurse and breadwinner; trying to keep his family together, the growing mountain of bills paid and life as normal as possible for the 11 years Jenny lived with this debilitating disease. Read Terry's story >