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Community Care Hospice Logo

Community Care Hospice

1669 Rombach Ave.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: 937.382.5400
Fax: 937.383.3898

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Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

Mitchell-Thomas Center
100 W. McCreight Ave., Ste. 400
Springfield, OH 45504
937.390.9665

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

Chapel Hill
12200 Strausser St. NW
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
330.264.4899

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

200 Timberline Dr. #1212
Marietta, OH 45750
740.629.9990

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Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691
330.264.4899

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Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

779 London Ave.
Marysville, OH 43040
937.644.1928

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.
Middletown, OH 45005
513.422.0300

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Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio

Newark

2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055
740.788.1400

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
740.344.0379

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio at
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

410 W 10th Ave - 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210
614.685.0001

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Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

222 N. Oakland Ave.
Washington Court House, OH 43160
740.335.0149

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Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

3230 N. Co. Rd. 25A
Troy, OH 45373
937.335.5191

Celebrating Life's Stories: Making Lasting Memories For Patients And Families

Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare Fulfills Patient’s Wishes With Wedding Ceremony

Ohio’s Hospice and its affiliates are dedicated to Celebrating Life’s Stories® of each patient and family they have the privilege of serving. When the Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare team learned of a patient who wanted to marry her significant other, they jumped into action to give the couple a memorable wedding in the Stanley C. and Flo K. Gault Inpatient Pavilion at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare.   

“The patient mentioned they had wanted to get married, but figured it couldn’t happen at this point,” said Nichole Miller, RN at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare. “He was absolutely devoted to her, and he served as her primary caretaker. It was awesome how attentive and kind he was to her.” 

The care team worked together to create the special day for the patient. Tonya Snyder, a personal care specialist at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, helped the patient get dressed and ready for her wedding day.  Rachel Norwich, medical social worker at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, went to a local flower shop to pick up a boutonniere and bouquet for the bride and groom. The culinary team provided a small cake and served sparkling cider to celebrate the occasion.  

With the patient in her chair and her soon-to-be husband beside her, the officiant stood with them in her room to perform their vows.  

“There were so many things I loved about this moment,” Miller said. “I loved that we all worked together as a team to make it happen. I loved that every detail worked out. It was beautiful to see the love and excitement in the boyfriend’s face.” 

The next day, the patient passed away. “It felt amazing to help this patient fulfill her end-of-life wishes,” Miller said. 

Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare provides compassionate end-of-life care to make life a little more comfortable for patients, whether it is a wedding, a baptism, sing a favorite hymn, enjoy a favorite sweet, or make them smile.  

“We all do our best to implement an empathetic form of practice, no matter our role,” Norwich said. “We approach all patients and their families with understanding and a commitment to support them in their goals, whatever that may be.” 

Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare helps patients and their families through some of life’s most difficult moments and challenges. 

“My favorite part of working with hospice patients is getting to help care for someone at the end of life,” Miller said. “It is so rewarding and fulfilling to know I have done all I can to make someone’s last days here on Earth as comfortable as possible, but to also assist the family in walking through this difficult time.” 

Being able to provide those experiences and superior care to patients and families is possible through support from the community. 

“Gifts to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare allow us to respond to immediate and emerging needs as patients and families navigate the last season of life,” said Katherine Ritchie, major gift officer at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare. “We help patients live as fully and comfortably as possible and maintain a sense of dignity.”  

Support from the community allows Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare to fulfill patients’ wishes at the end of life. “In the case of this wedding, those memories will be with the family forever,” Ritchie said. “Being able to photograph and video the ceremony, turn the photos into an album, see the smiles and hear the laughter all contribute to our mission of celebrating life’s stories.” 

To learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of patients and families, visit https://www.ohioshospicelifecare.org/waystogive/ or call 330.264.4899. 

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