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Gladys Buss died in December 2017 at the age of 95 at The Cottage in Luverne, Minn., one of Sanford Health's hospice care sites.

Hospice: Visiting Grandma in different home for the holidays

Last year, we, like many families each year, entered the door of a hospice home to spend a final Christmas with a loved one.
Jane Thaden Lawson 11 min read
John Rist and his family

Family makes new memories at Ava’s House

FFA adviser spends final days fighting cancer at homelike care facility.
Kay Todd 6 min read
Emma Sitting Crow and her father smiling.

Ava’s House: Hospice care with heart

"I am grateful for this place, and that my father felt so loved and cared for in the last days of his life.”
Kim Tubbs 7 min read
Ava's House volunteers

Hospice volunteers make Ava’s House a home

Many people give of their time to help those in their time of need, and benefit personally from it.
Kelsey Billion 7 min read
Joan Hirt

Sanford Hospice makes great end-of-life care possible

“She always made sure we had everything we need. We wanted to do the same for her.”
Kay Todd 5 min read
Natural death follows a progression of symptoms

Natural death: Practical information for this phase of life

Just as we are all unique in how we live, we are also unique in how we die
SHN Staff 21 min read
daly family

Ava’s House brings comfort, dignity to patients

Ken Sorlie was a salt of the earth, hardworking and humble Midwesterner, and more than anything, he wanted to live out his life in dignity and comfort, surrounded by his family. Because of Ava’s House by Sanford, a state-of-the-art hospice facility that opened last October in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sorlie was able to reach […]
Kay Todd 5 min read
wall with framed photographs at Ava's House

The art of the ending: How poetry heals in hospice

"The stories they told and wrote were brave, were honest, were heartbreaking and were real, so incredibly real."
Jacqueline Palfy 9 min read
Ava's Hospice House

Ava’s House pediatric and adult hospice opens in October

Sanford Health will host a community open house Saturday, Oct. 7, for Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, one of only four locations in the nation to offer inpatient pediatric hospice services. The state-of-the-art facility at 1320 W. 17th St., which will also serve adults, will be open to the community from 10 a.m. […]
SHN Staff 3 min read

A $1 million gift for Ava’s House

Ava’s House by Sanford will be a peaceful setting for families to be together, to say the words that haven’t been said, heal hurts, love and laugh. It will be a place to live life to its fullest until the last breath. Todd and Linda Broin understand the vital need for a hospice facility like […]
SHN Staff 6 min read