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Tips for Coping with Grief During the Holidays

November 18, 2021

The holiday season can be a very challenging time after the death of someone you love. It is often a time when feelings of grief and loss are intensified.  Below are three tips that can be helpful as you cope with grief during the holiday season and other special occasions: Plan ahead. It’s good to… Read More

A Mother’s Message of Hope

September 30, 2021

Contributed by Deidrea Laux, Mother to Thomas The afternoon was filled with excitement and joy for my husband and me as we headed to the obstetrician’s office for the long-awaited 20-week ultrasound appointment to find out if we were expecting a son or a daughter. Over lunch earlier that day, we’d gone back and forth… Read More

A Wife’s Message of Hope

September 15, 2021

Karla and Steve Lowder believed theirs was a match made in heaven, and their faith gave them the courage to love every precious day of his last year of life. Steve was diagnosed with liver cancer in October 2019, a decade after he and Karla met on a Christian dating site. He tried chemotherapy and… Read More

A Friend’s Message of Hope

September 9, 2021

They were like peas and carrots–always together. They shared everything over their 52-year friendship, and that trust brought peace to their parting when Jane’s life reached its end. Jane was a combination of tough and tender, Mary Ann recalls. She thrived in her work with children with disabilities, but the job’s physical demands took a… Read More

Finding Community in the Midst of Grief

August 30, 2021

Marge Radle never envisioned this day would come so soon, much less in the middle of a global pandemic. But here she was, March 23, 2020, saying her final goodbye to Bob, her beloved husband of 58 years. For several years, Bob had battled Alzheimer’s, and when he became seriously ill from complications related to… Read More

Leaving a Legacy for Compassionate Care

August 17, 2021

Joe and June Freeman were high school sweethearts, married 50 years, proud educators and Texans through and through. “They were honest, hardworking people,” remembers Charles Edmonds, a devoted friend of the Freemans. “Their front door was 100 feet from ours. As Joe got older, he required more help, and Elaine or I could run over…. Read More

20 Most Commonly Asked Questions about Hospice

July 14, 2021

These 20 most commonly asked questions will help you navigate hospice so that your family is equipped to make the best decisions. 1. When should a decision about entering a hospice program be made, and who should make it? The earlier you call us, the more Community Healthcare of Texas can do to support you… Read More

Breathing Through Grief

June 11, 2021

One thing people are most often surprised to hear is that grief can cause physical symptoms. It’s not uncommon in grief to have physical aches and pains, fatigue, or experience changes in appetite and sleep due to grief. Research has shown that deep breathing exercises can reduce stress, anxiety and improve our overall health. In addition,… Read More

Canine Comforters

April 27, 2021

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, but none give more smiles per pound than Eileen and Bill Wissore’s canine comfort companions. The couple’s Great Pyrenees are trained service animals with a gift for knowing how to brighten the final days of life or first hours of grief, and they have comforted thousands in five… Read More

Inspired to Serve

April 26, 2021

Mary Lou Lehde answers a calling as a hospice volunteer, inspired to give back by the care her loved one received. She was introduced to Community Healthcare of Texas during her sister’s last illness and has entrusted the agency with the care of her family since. After her mother’s death, she felt and answered a… Read More