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Sharing Our Stories

Share Your Story

Hospice of Havasu touches people in so many ways. The care and compassion that’s delivered by the Care Teams
leaves a lasting impression, becoming part of a family’s life story.

We would like for you to share your story about Hospice of Havasu with others.

On this page we will be publish the personal stories of how Hospice of Havasu care
touched the lives of so many people in Mohave and LaPaz County.

We’re not looking for great writers or would-be novelists — just simply tell your story of how Hospice of Havasu
touched your family’s life. You are encouraged to submit photos with your story.

Also please include a phone number when you submit your story, so we can verify your name and the names of others.

Think it over, then do it.

Click Here to get started.

Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end.
Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and
making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.
— Gilda Radner

Mary_Kathleen_WeissMy name is Gayle and I’m the daughter of Kay Weiss, pictured here.

I would like to tell you my experience with Hospice of Havasu.

Mom entered Hospice care when she was close to her 100th year. At first Hospice bathed and visited with her,
told her jokes, caregivers brought her little gifts and they bonded. She loved them all and the love was returned.

Mom, besides being a wife and mother, was a retired nurse. Part of her career in nursing was teaching.
Her nurse, Kelly would bring student nurses to see Mom and graciously allow Mom
to share her experiences with the students. This made Mom feel proud and useful
to be “teaching” again. What a gift to any person.
I also want to tell you about Lauren who is a Social Worker with Hospice of Havasu.
I live in Tucson and drove to Havasu frequently. Lauren would graciously set up meetings,
at my convenience, to be updated on Mom’s condition. She also facilitated
larger gatherings at our request. As the end of Mom’s life drew closer
it seemed as though the love and kindnesses increased also,
making the family’s decisions easier.
Again I want to thank all, the receptionist and office staff who are calm and
helpful when one doesn’t know what to expect and needs direction,
to the complete staff who can never really be
adequately compensated with thanks or salary.
Havasu has a wonderful facility and my family Thanks You.

 — Kay’s Family

When you make loving others the story of your life,
there’s never a final chapter, because the legacy continues.
You lend your light to one person,
and he or she shines it on another and another and another.

— Oprah Winfrey

Frank and Kathy LoVerda (above) knew what they
wanted for Kathy’s mother as she
became increasingly unable to care for herself.
The Bullhead City couple, supported by a large family,
had talked about her mother, Patricia Heady, being in her own home,
with beloved dog, and family nearby.
As Alzheimer’s continued to rob Mrs. Heady of a normal life,
the family saw to it that she moved from California,
into a home next to the LoVerda’s. They hired people to
help them care for Mrs. Heady. But soon that wasn’t enough.
The difficulties of caring for someone and running Mama Mia’s,
a popular Italian cafe in Bullhead City,
became, at times, overwhelming.
Through contacts with Hospice of Havasu team members in
the Ft. Mohave/Bullhead area, the LoVerdas
found out help was available. And they couldn’t be happier
for the choice they made. “We couldn’t get over how quickly
the help came from Hospice of Havasu,” Frank remembers.
Their efficiency, speed and thoughtfulness was remarkable.”
“They were very, very professional, but not cold,” Kathy added.
The equipment needed to improve Mrs. Heady’s
quality of life was in place, and the nurses and
Certified Nurse Assistants from Hospice of Havasu
were involved with the tight-knit family and helped care
for Mrs. Heady. Mrs. Heady died at age 85,
with her daughters at her side. “Our family had a plan
about the end of life for our mother,” Kathy said.
“Hospice of Havasu helped us do what we wanted.”

— The LoVerda Family