A wild dream comes true

By arhospice on June 7th, 2021

A special wish to see a favorite animal came true when an Arkansas Hospice pediatric patient was treated to a private visit with Phoenix the penguin. On a sunny Saturday in late May, a sweet girl named Sanari and her family enjoyed a private meet and greet with Phoenix at the Little Rock Zoo’s Penguin […]

Salute to a special volunteer

By arhospice on March 23rd, 2021

For more than two decades, Bill Waters served our country as a C-130 loadmaster. Now, as an Arkansas Hospice volunteer, he brings honor and recognition to his fellow veterans during their final days. Bill originally trained as an Arkansas Hospice volunteer in 2003 and often provided caregivers with greatly needed breaks. In 2006, he had […]

The Tragedy & Triumph of Black Healthcare History

By Kyle Jones on February 23rd, 2021

This is a special month in America. February has been designated as the time we place special emphasis on the contributions of Black Americans. In the field of healthcare, there have been amazing moments of triumph organized and accomplished by Black Americans. While I cannot cover them all, the work of surgeon Charles R. Drew, […]

Give the gift of kindness this Valentine’s Day

By arhospice on February 5th, 2021

Share the messages of care, comfort, and compassion with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day with “Cookies of Kindness” benefitting the mission of Arkansas Hospice. CLICK HERE and place your order online for pickup at either of Blue Cake’s two Central Arkansas locations. Cookies will be available for pickup two days after order placement. Everyone’s […]

Veterans Day 2020 Honors

By arhospice on November 6th, 2020

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, Arkansas Hospice’s “Committed to Veterans” program continues to honor those who have served our nation. In the week leading up to Veterans Day, Arkansas Hospice’s “Journey Van” will be canvasing the state in a series of socially distant ceremonies, along with other events to honor and remember those […]

During an unprecedented year, our mission continues…

By arhospice on June 19th, 2020

Through the darkest hours of recent events, your gifts have brought light into the lives of patients with life-limiting illnesses. Whether it’s lending words of encouragement through telegrief support to those who have suffered loss, reconnecting patients with families and their doctors through telehealth, providing an air conditioner for a patient and family who were […]

A Parade of Kindness takes a journey across Searcy to Judsonia

By arhospice on May 29th, 2020

The Arkansas Hospice “Journey” van made its way to White County, leading a “Parade of Kindness” as it delivered Cards of Kindness for the residents of three area facilities. First responders joined the parade, and local clergy, including two Arkansas Hospice chaplains, shared words of encouragement and comfort upon delivery of the cards. Area EMS/first […]

Organizations unite and find a way to honor the fallen

By arhospice on May 14th, 2020

Despite the Coronavirus and social distancing, organizations whose missions include honoring the memory and meeting the unique needs of our veteran and first responder populations realized they still needed to find a way to honor the fallen this Memorial Day week. In response, appearances suitable for sharing on social and traditional media were held to […]

Acts of Kindness across our service area.

By arhospice on April 24th, 2020

Challenges can bring out the best in us at times. For the Arkansas Hospice provider relations team, this has certainly been, and continues to be the case. All across our 43 county service area, this team has been helping lift the spirits (and temper some hunger) for our healthcare partners in hospitals, inpatient centers, nursing […]

Is grief from a distance our newer “new normal”?

By arhospice on March 27th, 2020

Guest Blog by Simone Brock, Arkansas Hospice Bereavement Specialist “Services will be private due to State Mandated Restrictions concerning COVID-19.” This is the latest closing line in Arkansas obituaries. Last Sunday, I read that Italy is no longer being allowed to hold funerals, and as a bereavement specialist and non-practicing funeral director, I felt a […]

Grief during the holidays

By arhospice on November 25th, 2019

The holidays are often thought of as joyful times of the year, filled with sights and sounds of seasonal cheer. Yet for people struggling with the death of a family member or other loved one, the holidays can be a difficult time. The season may be full of reminders of the loss in our lives. […]

Paying it forward on four legs

By arhospice on August 29th, 2019

Paying it forward is not limited to people. Dogs, too, can spread love and compassion to those in need – especially through the Arkansas Hospice Therapy Dog Program. Lucy, a standard poodle, was born blind. Allan Gates was known for opening his home to dogs. When a vet called him about Lucy, little did he […]

Staying Connected

By arhospice on July 16th, 2019

Just as air, food, and water are necessary for the body, connection is needed for the soul.  When Stanley* had to move to a nursing facility, he had to leave his desk-top computer behind.  For some people, a computer is a means for work, games, or online shopping.  For Stanley, it was his way to […]

Appetite for Life

By arhospice on July 16th, 2019

You may have spotted one standing at the refrigerator door drinking all the milk straight from the jug.  You may have witnessed him eat an afternoon snack of two king size candy bars followed by a large pizza.  A box of cereal can’t make it though one day with him.  If you’ve observed it or […]

The Catch of a Lifetime

By arhospice on July 16th, 2019

Ask any fisherman and he will tell you that fishing is the sport of hope. Bob would spend hours on the lake waters competing in bass fishing tournaments and hoping for the “big one’.  When he came to Arkansas Hospice, Inc, he thought his days of fishing were only a memory.  Confined to a wheelchair […]

Dr. Susan Santa Cruz presented Gifts of Kindness award

By arhospice on June 10th, 2019

Area downpours across the Little Rock metro area did not dampen spirits, as Dr. Susan Santa Cruz, M.D. was honored with the Arkansas Hospice Foundation’s inaugural Gifts of Kindness Award on Thursday, June 6th. The award was part of the Arkansas Hospice Foundation and Arkansas Hospice, Inc. Presidents’ Luncheon. Sharon Aureli, president of the Arkansas […]

Little Bits of Beauty

By arhospice on June 7th, 2019

Christmas is supposed to be the most beautiful time of the year, but 14-year-old MacKenzie wasn’t feeling it. Her medical treatments were causing her to lose her pretty hair and her lack of energy made it difficult to leave the house. She spent most of her time online watching the transformative magic of make-up artists […]

Puppy Love: Therapy Dogs Brighten Days at Arkansas Hospice

By Scott Christian on June 7th, 2019

At Arkansas Hospice, every volunteer plays a part to help care for those facing serious illness and loss. But only a select few do so on four legs

Hot Springs Presidents’ Luncheon

By arhospice on May 17th, 2019

JoNancy Sundberg named Gifts of Kindness Honoree The room was filled with excitement in the Hamp Williams Building on May 16, 2019 in Hot Springs as JoNancy Sundberg was honored with the inaugural Gifts of Kindness Award. In front of over 100 friends and supporters of JoNancy and Arkansas Hospice, a delicious lunch was served, […]

The case for building hospital and hospice collaboration

By arhospice on April 22nd, 2019

By Brian Bell, M.D. “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.” This quote from Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement, is not only […]

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