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Blog: Stories and Insight

Remembering Hospice Patient’s Beloved Dog

Dorothy Mazur is a long-time dog lover. When her hospice team learned that her most recent four-legged companion passed away, they didn’t hesitate to honor Tommy, a Vizsla, with a memorial ceremony.

Social Worker CaseyLee Lunstead baked paw-print chocolate chip cookies. Spiritual Support Counselor Richard Simon read “The Rainbow Bridge, which offers a beautiful description of the journey our pets go on when they pass from this life, also emphasizing that we too will cross this bridge to reunite with them one day. Then the group, including Nurse Musa Williams, enjoyed listening to Dorothy tell some of her favorite stories about her dogs.

Dorothy is receiving hospice care for endometrial cancer and said, “I appreciate my Samaritan hospice team, not only for the care they are giving me, but for going above and beyond to honor my dog – my family member – Tommy. It means so much to me.”

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