Light of Hope for Hospice Care

Heartland Lakes Area Tree Lighting Program and Christmas Carols

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, Had a very shiny nose, And if you ever saw it, You would even say it glows. All of the other reindeer, Used to laugh and call him names, They never let poor Rudolph, Join in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, Rudolph with your nose so bright, Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight. Then how the reindeer loved him, As they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, You’ll go down in history. 

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright. Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child, Holy Infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night, holy night! Shepherd quake at the sight. Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia, Christ the Savior is born! Christ the Savior is born.

Joy to the World

Joy to the world, the Lord is come, Let earth receive her king. Let ev’ry heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing. Joy to the world! the Savior reigns, Let men their songs employ, While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy. He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove, The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love, And wonders of His love, And wonder wonders of His love.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, And a Happy New Year. Good tidings to you, And all of your kin, Good tidings for Christmas, And a happy New Year. We all know that Santa’s coming, We all know that Santa’s coming, We all know that Santa’s coming, And soon will be here. Good tiding to you, And all of your kin, Good tiding for Christmas, And a Happy New Year. We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, And a Happy New Year. 

A story that will never be forgotten

For 35 years, CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care has been honored to provide compassionate end-of-life care for patients — no matter where they call home. As part of our commitment and dedication to serve through our ministry, we also play a pivotal role in supporting the patient’s family and caregivers throughout their hospice care journey.

As we enter into this holiday season, we are grateful to partner with a special family who felt the impact of hospice more than once recently. Amy Pillsbury shares a story of losing her father, Grant Nunn, 71, and also her husband, Robert Pillsbury, 59. Grant passed from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in October of 2020, and Robert died of colon cancer in April of this year. Amy shared the comfort of knowing that hospice care was only a phone call away for her family. Having gone through hospice with Grant, she said it felt comforting and familiar to the family as they went through this journey with Robert.

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“When I think of them both, the word storyteller comes to mind. Their gift to capture the best of times and share stories with the many friends and families was a true talent. My dad was the kind of man that was never alone…even during his last days, the comfort of friends’ playing cards in the next room was preferred. A constant connection, a Western on repeat on the television, sharing hunting stories, telling jokes that had been passed around for years – that was him. He made an impact and my husband kept right up with him. Their love of hunting and the outdoors brought us all together for moments that are treasured.

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Uncle Grant’s 70th Birthday

“Robert had a big personality with a true love of his kids and family. Alongside was his passion for the thrill..the thrill of his Harley Davidson, snowmobile racing, motorsports, hunting and fishing — he was in his element. We had hopes and dreams that were cut short when we received his colon cancer diagnosis. Our goal was to keep going and live life to the fullest, honoring each and every moment we had together.

“You have an invaluable service…they really are angels! The hospice team really is there to support the family and to help you get through those days and moments. The care team answered all our questions and provided compassionate guidance for the realizations we don’t always want answers to. We are grateful for the care the hospice staff provided our family.” ~ Amy

Community tree lighting

Join us as we celebrate their memory during the Heartland Lakes Community Tree Lighting ceremony on November 25, 2022. Held in downtown Park Rapids, the ceremony will begin at 6pm to honor loved ones. You can also join us virtually on our Facebook page or the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce website at We also invite you to place an unbreakable ornament on the memory tree, which will be located in Pioneer Park on Main Street, in honor or in memory of a loved one this holiday season.

Light of Hope

You can honor your friends and loved ones by supporting CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care this holiday season. Your gift will enhance the world-class care that our patients and their families experience in the most challenging and meaningful of times. Your donation will help provide transformational care now and for years to come. Thank you for shining your light with others – your gift helps provide comfort and care for our community.

To contact CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care, please call 218-732-4552. See below to donate online or mail your tax-deductible gift to: CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care/shine – 600 Pleasant Avenue S, Park Rapids, MN 56470

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