November 27, 2017

Jill Smyth had one last wish: to buy a lifetime of gifts for her children.

She was 32 years old and a mother of three cheerful, spunky daughters; ages 5, 7 and 9. After weathering multiple, unsuccessful rounds of chemotherapy for Stage 4 ovarian cancer, she knew her tim...

November 27, 2017

Fewer than 50 Sacramento area companies and organizations are named each year as outstanding places to work by the Sacramento Business Journal. This year, Yolo Hospice is among this prestigious group of employers.

With a workforce of 80 people, Yolo Hospice was one of j...

November 27, 2017

Life is great at 88 … when you’re Madalon O’Rawe Amenta, a resident of University Retirement Community in Davis.

Her life — past, present and future — represents purpose, accomplishment and an eagerness to shape the world around her. Not everyone can at once stake a cla...

November 27, 2017

Several of us at Yolo Hospice have been featured in an independent film on death and dying, created by Miko Nincic of Melibefilms. The film has been entered into a dozen international/independent film festivals including the Hollywood Dreamz Film Festival and the Actio...

August 18, 2017

Let’s be honest.  Death sucks.  Anyway, that is what most of us think.

Certainly, no one wants to lose someone they love.  And no one wants to die.  Yet, we will all lose someone and eventually we all die.

This inescapable truth often makes me recall my mom’s o...

August 18, 2017

Larry White doesn't always remember his name, where he lives, the name of his hometown or his grandchildren's faces.  He frequently stutters and stumbles in the middle of a sentence.  His frustration is palpable and his tears real.

But one Monday morning, the 89-ye...

August 18, 2017

We have a neighbor I’ll call Violet.  She is 94.  When I saw her this morning she was sporting a florescent swirl of indigo, plum and crimson hair.  At first, when I noticed a bounce of color on top of her head I thought it was a flowered hat. 

As she app...

August 18, 2017

In matters of choosing team members and keeping good people engaged, the most valuable lesson I have gleaned from 25 years of management is that organizational culture trumps everything else.  Within organizations that are intentional about shaping culture, someone’s s...

August 18, 2017

In a letter penned by Benjamin Franklin in 1779 to French physicist Jean-Baptiste Le Roy, the Founding Father wrote “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.”

Those famous words are the reason why National Healthcare Decisions Day strategically falls during the same w...

August 18, 2017

Anyone who has ever loved a dog knows that they can be much more than a furry merrymaker.  A dog can be a true source of comfort.

People who have been on the receiving end of a dog’s unconditional love or felt the warmth of a dog’s body nestled tightly by their side dur...

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