Long journey home: A family’s experience with hospice care


Louise Bittinger, 91, moved to Charlottesville from White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to be closer to her daughter, Shirley Thompson (center). Since Bittinger opted for hospice care last year, Hospice of the Piedmont’s Rosemary Flynn (right) has become part of the family, visiting Bittinger’s apartment three times a week to bathe her and check how she’s doing. Photo: John Robinson

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