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North Dakota hospice providers say misconceptions and stigmas keep them from helping patients earlier in the dying process

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FARGO – When Donovon Nelson’s back problems started causing him to fall down, his wife, Mary, knew where he could get help.

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She recommended Hospice of the Red River Valley, which eased her mother’s last weeks of life. Hospice staff members started visiting the Nelsons and did the same for Donovon, allowing him to stay out of the hospital or a nursing home.

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