Letters to the Editor

July 18, 2014

Hospice helps out

Recently my wife, Ruth Ann McMorris-Vogt, was in need of more care than I could give, suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer. I turned to the same people I had in 2006 when my first wife, Jean A. Vogt, was nearing death from an extended medical condition: Hospice of Southern Illinois.

They came to our house the next day to fill out the needed paperwork. Then they started right in, giving Ruth the necessary care to help make her comfortable and relieve her pain by providing a wheelchair, oxygen, medications and whatever they could possibly do.

When it became evident that I could no longer provide the care needed, I decided, along with the help of the hospice volunteers, to have her moved to their facility Relais Bonne Eau near Edwardsville. It is a place where people or their loved ones can stay for a few days or live out their remaining days in comfort and peace with an excellent nursing staff. Family members can stay around the clock like I did for three nights; everything you need will be provided.

Words cannot express my gratitude for the wonderful, professional care my wife received from these angels on earth until her death on June 7.

Robert J. Vogt Sr.


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