Life's Journey

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A Journey of Hope: Sebastian’s Story and the Impact of Pediatric Care

In the realm of pediatric care, every child's story is a testament to resilience, love and the unwavering support of dedicated caregivers. We are honored to share Sebastian's journey – a journey marked by challenges, triumphs and the profound impact of compassionate care. The Diagnosis Sebastian was born with Infantile...
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Companionship in Grief

A message from Joan Souders, CGE, grief support specialist I live in a 55+ community and have been approached by neighbors about their dying loved ones. Like a good neighbor, I listen and support them as much as I can. Over the past few months, I have observed some touching scenes...
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Spiritual Counseling Isn’t Just for the Religious

Meet the Heartlinks Spiritual Services Team Craig Timmons, M. Div., BCC; Eric Don Anderson, M. Div., and Teresa Darnell, M. Div., provide spiritual care to Heartlinks' hospice and palliative care patients and their families throughout Benton and Yakima counties. They hope more people become aware of the support they provide. ...

Palliative Care: The bridge between treatment and comfort

When faced with a life-threatening diagnosis, the decision between enduring treatment or opting for hospice care can seem daunting. However, there's a crucial option often overlooked in healthcare: palliative care. Palliative (pal-lee-uh-tiv) care, aimed at improving quality of life and alleviating symptoms and stress associated with serious illness, serves as...

Navigating Care Choices: Understanding the Differences Between Hospice and Palliative Care

In this insightful interview, we delve into the nuances of hospice and palliative care with the Executive Director of Heartlinks, Shelby Moore. With her wealth of experience in end-of-life care, Shelby provides valuable insights into the distinctions between these two vital healthcare services. Q: Please explain the primary differences between...
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Blooming Hearts Children’s Grief Program

Heartlinks' Children's Grief Program In the wake of loss, especially for children, navigating grief can feel like an overwhelming journey. At Heartlinks, we recognize the profound impact of loss on young hearts and are dedicated to providing compassionate support through our Blooming Hearts Children's Grief Program. Blooming Hearts aims to...
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The Importance of Early Hospice Election

A Guide to Making Informed Choices Facing a terminal illness is undeniably one of life's most challenging experiences, both for the individual and their loved ones. In such difficult times, the decision to elect hospice care can be a pivotal one, offering comfort, support and dignity to those nearing the...
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Debunking Myths: Living Longer with Hospice Care

When many people hear the term "hospice” they often associate it with end-of-life care and a short prognosis. However, recent research and expert insights show that hospice care is not solely about providing comfort in the final stages of life; it's also about enhancing the quality of life and promoting...