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Shawn Galbreath, director of High Peaks Hospice
Shawn Galbreath, director of High Peaks Hospice

The Hospice Path: Talking honestly about death

Over the last couple of months, we've been airing an occasional series about hospice care in the North Country.

Hospice programs provide end-of-life care, everything from pain management to help with family crises.

We've been profiling one couple, Bill and Tommi Gallagher, who live in Saranac Lake and are taking part in hospice as Bill's health declines.

This morning, Brian Mann talks with Shawn Galbreath, the new director of High Peaks Hospice.

Galbreath took over the program this summer.

She says one of hospice's main goals is helping families have am ore realistic conversation about what happens at the end of life.  Go to full article
Bill Gallagher as a young soldier in the 10th Mountain Division (Photo provided)
Bill Gallagher as a young soldier in the 10th Mountain Division (Photo provided)

The Hospice Path, Part Two: Nearing the end, celebrating a life lived in full

Last week, we began a new on-going series called the Hospice Path.

North Country Public Radio is looking in-depth at the way hospice programs across the region are changing people's lives at a time when they're forced to confront the certainty of death.

We're telling that story in part by spending time with the Gallagher family in Saranac Lake.

Bill Gallagher is 87 years old and his lungs are slowly failing.

But with the help of High Peaks Hospice, he's been able to stay at home with his wife Tomi.

In order to better describe their experience, our reporter Brian Mann decided to first spend some time asking about Bill's long life before he got sick.  Go to full article

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