"Never thinking anyone in my family would need this organization, I did not know what to expect. Hospice of Kankakee Valley was a blessing: like angels sent to watch over my mother and help me and my family members through that difficult time."

- Anonymous

John Fitts is a volunteer that plays a vital role on our volunteer team. He is one of our support group leaders that runs a group twice a month. He is committed, passionate, and faithful to the mission of Hospice of Kankakee Valley and seeks to see people through their grieving process. John has been a volunteer for us for over 5 years now and his desire to volunteer with us stemmed from some unique life experiences and his desire to help people. John knows and understands loss personally; he has lost his mother, brother, and wife to cancer and expresses that he had no one to run to and no one to talk to. He felt alone, and did not understand the hurt he was feeling. He knows full well that going through loss is difficult, but likes he tells his group members, “you’re new full time job for right now, is grieving, and that’s OK!” John’s passion in volunteering for Hospice is to create a time and place for people to talk, grieve, and share and to build a community of support. He explains that there is so much fulfillment in his purpose as a volunteer when someone who comes in completely broken can laugh again and can have joy again … THAT’S what it is about! John believes that one of the greatest gifts you can give is time and that volunteering will give more back to YOU than you can ever imagine.

Hospice has been a part of my life from the beginning of my career over 30 years ago. Starting out as a critical care nurse, I had the opportunity to guide our patients to their next level of care knowing that they would be in the most compassionate hands.

Throughout the rest of my career, and even today, I have a close relationship with the team at HKV. I have used them personally for several of my family members, as well as many patients. The genuine care and compassion is second to none.

The support received from the most holistic sense is not truly known until you have to utilize their services. However, when you experience the HKV philosophy of care, you will find comfort in your journey. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful group of caring and experienced individuals in our community. - Beth Ludwig

- Maragaret Ondrey, Beth Ludwig, Meredith Scafiezzo – Riverside Medical Center Complex Care

"For all who came to Mom’s house to give care and comfort, to all who were so good to us on the phone, and to all associated with your Hospice, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

You are all so special and so good at what you do, Mom’s passing was so much more peaceful."

- David and Joann Dion

Caring for veterans is improving quality of life for veterans at the end of another battle.”
Years after the war, many elderly veterans find themselves fighting a new battle which may include end stages of dementia; delayed - onset posttraumatic stress disorder (DOPTSD), which mimics dementia; and other chronic diseases. These wounds and scars (visible and invisible) of war are a result of the veterans’ serving our nation in battle to keep us safe. “America’s health care workers and students can help our veterans and military families get the world-class care that they’ve earned.” — First Lady Michelle Obama.

People serving people with dignity and compassion, and reducing anxiety for patients and their caregivers — this is what Hospice of Kankakee Valley is all about. I am thankful to Hospice of Kankakee Valley for allowing me to implement my scholarly doctoral project to improve the quality of life of elderly male military veterans with DOPTSD. And thank you, veterans, for your service!

“I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.” — Pablo Casals (1876-1973)

- Dr. Yvette Rose- professor at Olivet Nazarene University

"For years I have supported Hospice through fund-raising and advocacy. I’ve heard numerous testimonials of the incredible care you provide.

This was my first experience being on the receiving end of your care. My Mother received phenomenal care from every hospice person she came into contact with. As a team you helped me walk her ‘home’. You helped me help her journey to be a beautiful one.

I can’t find words to express my heartfelt gratitude for what you did for my Mother, myself and my family."

- Bonnie Rudolf

"When reflecting on what hospice means to us as community members, it allows an individual to benefit from supportive services in a manner that is both empathetic and sensitive. Hospice follows a path of person-centered care within any environment for the client.

This allows each client to find comfort in their chosen environment whether that may mean their own home or even an assisted living community. Along with supporting the client, hospice guides families through this emotional journey.

They bring both connectedness and compassion to this process. For clients and family members, this is often uncharted territory and may leave some people feeling helpless and in a place of fear. The guidance provided by hospice takes away the fear component and replaces it with a sense of security and purpose to embrace each moment."

- Heather McKenna - Heritage Woods of Dwight