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Ardent Hospice is a community-based hospice dedicated to both patient and family. We care for patients and their families by providing services wherever an individual resides in the DFW Metroplex.

Who Will Speak for You When You Cannot

By |2020-02-20T11:01:58-06:00February 20th, 2020|News|

It is never too early to make some decisions for when your health is critical or you are at the end of life. Planning is important for all people regardless of age or health condition.  Planning involves writing an “advance directive,” a general term that describes your instructions about your future medical care. A Medical [...]

Hospice vs. Palliative Care?

By |2020-02-04T11:44:44-06:00February 4th, 2020|News|

Were you aware that all hospice agencies provide palliative care? According to the World Health Organization, palliative care is “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and [...]

To Flush or Not to Flush? Disposing of Unused Drugs

By |2020-01-21T14:24:41-06:00January 21st, 2020|News|

Did you know that one of the recommended ways to dispose of some opioids is to flush the unused medicine down the toilet? More than 100 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, and millions are addicted to opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched Remove the Risk, an education and outreach [...]

Coming Soon: Six-Week Grief Support Program

By |2019-06-07T10:30:30-05:00June 7th, 2019|News|

We are starting a six-week support group, facilitated by Melissa Sullivan, LBSW.  Please join us to learn, listen, and share in a safe and supportive environment. When: Tuesdays, 10:30 to noon, beginning 6/18/19 Fee:  None Materials:  We will be using the book, Understanding Your Grief by Alan Wolfelt.  Used copies of the book will be [...]

The Effects of Grief on Your Body

By |2019-04-30T12:07:27-05:00April 30th, 2019|News|

Walking the path of death with a loved one and going through the grieving process is not just an emotional experience. Grief affects the entire body. Below are ways our body reacts to grief and stress. Heart – traumatic experiences/stresses can lead to an excess of adrenaline and cortisol being released. This can cause Takotsubo’s [...]

How to Compare Hospice Agencies?

By |2019-02-05T10:37:26-06:00February 5th, 2019|News|

Recently, the federal government added an online tool to help patients and their families decide which hospice provider best meets their needs.  The data on the website comes directly from satisfaction surveys completed by families the hospice has served.  Considering that Texas has 500 hospice agencies, it can be hard to figure out how to [...]

5 Books: Helping Children Understand Death

By |2018-11-20T14:09:12-06:00November 20th, 2018|News|

The following books help explain life and death in a simple way: Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen “Lifetimes is a moving book for children of all ages, even parents too. It lets us explain life and death in a sensitive, caring, beautiful way. Lifetimes tells [...]

Upcoming Events: Share the Story

By |2018-11-08T12:11:22-06:00November 8th, 2018|News|

Losing a loved one is significant.  Maybe you’ve been bogged down with the busy-ness following your loss.  Please take some time to come and share your stories and your plans for the holidays. We hope that one of these dates and locations will be convenient for you. Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at [...]

7 Tips: Coping with the Holidays

By |2018-11-06T14:35:05-06:00November 6th, 2018|News|

  Anticipation for the holidays is many times worse than the actual holiday. Think through what is important about the upcoming holidays and do what means the most for you. Don’t feel a need to do it all. Acknowledge and accept that there will be sadness. What you do this year, the first year without [...]