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by Patricia McGeever The boxes arrived in late March at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. They contained 500 handmade, bright red covers for N95 face masks, courtesy of the sewing charity, Common Thread in Cincinnati. N95 masks are being used by health care workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two key seconds bracket everyone’s life. They are the alpha and the omega of an individual’s existence. When hospice nurse and administrator Kim Vesey addresses groups about impending death, she ties it to the defining seconds of our being. “The title of my presentation is ‘First Breath — Final Breath.’

Thursday, October 28, 2010 By Eileen Connelly, OSU ARCHDIOCESE — There is no easy way to lose a loved one, but hospice programs can make the end-of-life journey a more sacred and peaceful one for patients and their families. Hospice provides physical, emotional and spiritual care for terminally ill patients and