By arhospice on January 26th, 2022
Dee Brazil-Dale has devoted most of her adult life to being a passionate advocate for hospice care.
She first felt led to volunteer at a small, non-profit hospice in McCall, Idaho, after the sudden loss of her son, Mark Alvarado, in a vehicle accident when he was only 19 years old. “He was a great outdoors guy and loved backpacking,” Dee said. “He got a scholarship to the University of California at Berkley and was studying to become marine biologist. He was an unusual, great kid. Everyone that knew him said he was one of a kind.”
Eventually, Dee went to work for the Idaho hospice before moving to Arkansas, where she met Michael Aureli. Together, they became the founders of Arkansas Hospice – with the help of community support, which Dee said is still vital today.
“Back in the day there were a lot of non-profit hospices, but now it seems to be the exception rather than the rule,” Dee said. “The true mission of hospice includes a robust volunteer program, an in-depth grief support program, supporting our veterans and special programs for special needs in our community. For Arkansas Hospice to be a robust, viable non-profit, it needs funds from the community to keep those programs going and to enhance them. To leave a legacy to Arkansas Hospice helps ensure that the not-for-profit organization can continue those non-funded and underfunded services that are so important. That’s why I leave a legacy.”
Dee saw first-hand the impact that Arkansas Hospice makes when the organization cared for both her mother and her husband – and she appreciates the value of what is often called “a hospice heart.”
“Taking care of people at the end of their life is a special calling,” she said. “When you experience loss, you gain compassion. And I think compassion makes up a big part of having a hospice heart.”
During the past 30 years, Dee has shown time and time again that her own heart is truly a hospice one. Her hard work, dedication and compassion has helped countless numbers of Arkansans live better lives.
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I have nothing but the best things to say about Arkansas Hospice. They were so good to my Dad before he passed away. The love and care, compassion they showed to my dad was priceless. The nurses and CNA’s that took care of my Dad are the best and always be the best.
We are just starting our dad’s final journey and Arkansas Hospice has been a blessing. They’ve taught us so much already and provide as much support and comfort to the family as they do my dad. I’m grateful they’ll be walking this final path with us.
I love Arkansas Hospice. Every single employee has a heart of gold and takes the best care of their patients.
I would not hesitate at all to recommend this provider for anyone who is considering hospice care for themselves or for a loved one.
Arkansas Hospice took care of my Mom before she passed. It was my first experience with any hospice and I was amazed. They took such great care of her. They treated her with dignity and respect until the end.
So many thanks for the way your staff treated my very dear friend, Jeff, as he raced toward the finish line. Words can’t express my gratitude for helping us to care for him and keep him comfortable. Top-notch professionalism and immediate responses to requests for assistance.