Honorable Carlene Walz Lefere: Hospice Home

“We were dealing with something that is not at all good, but hospice made everything easier."

“I believe hospice care is the perfect way to manage the end-of-life experience, said retired District Court Judge Carlene Walz Lefere. “It’s the kind of help you need, when you need it. Hospice care is absolutely the best thing for the patient and a huge help for the family.”

Carlene experienced hospice care for the first time in 1993, when her oldest daughter died, and again in 2004, when she lost her husband to lung cancer. “We were dealing with something that is not at all good, but hospice made everything easier. Having such excellent help gave us meaningful time together. Hospice allows everyone to focus on what matters and gives us an opportunity to say goodbye.”

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