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Kindness, Grace, and Appreciating Older Adults 

by Annette Pinder
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Anna VanDien is truly wise beyond her years and we are so fortunate to have her working with families in Western New York. Born and raised in Minnesota, Anna earned her undergraduate degree in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota and her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. During graduate school, she enrolled in the Penn Aging Certificate to concentrate her studies on the unique issues facing the aging population.

In 2017, she joined the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care (Buffalo Hospice) in Buffalo as a Medical Social Worker. “My main focus as part of the home care team is to provide emotional support to patients and families.” As she supports them through their emotional distress and anticipated grief, she feels honored to be welcomed into their homes. While acknowledging that some days are harder than others, she says, “This work is a good match for me because it informs my perspective. It makes me realize that what’s great about life today could all be different tomorrow; it reminds me not to take anything for granted.” She also acknowledges that it is important to be cognizant of and manage the inevitable emotions and heaviness to avoid burnout. >> Read more.


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Hospice Buffalo News & Communications


Support Hospice Buffalo at their 19th Annual Summer Affair - June 27, 2019

The Hospice Foundation of WNY Receives Grant for Camp Blue Skies - June 2019

Announcing the Frances A. Little Hospice Wing at Aurora Park - June 2019

Kindness, Grace, and Appreciating Older Adults –  May 2019

Walk to Keep Their #VibrantLegacies Shining – April 22, 2019

Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale -The Cannoli Donut Craze – March 11, 2019

Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale, March 6 – 9 – February 26, 2019

Who You See Before You Die: Hospice Documenting Patients’ Mysterious Dream Experiences – February 25, 2019

Businesses and Schools Needed for Hospice Buffalo's Spring Bouquet Sale – January 9, 2019

Hospice Buffalo Announces Board Appointments – January 4, 2019



"grief and the holidays" - Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine - December 2018

"the soul of hospice" - Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine - November 2018

Raising Awareness about the Benefits of Hospice and Palliative Care - October 31, 2018   

“Grief and the Holidays” Community Support Programs - October 29, 2018 

PCI Receives Grant from Wilson Legacy Fund to Help Children's Caregivers - August 16, 2018

Somali Refugee Children Connect with Deaf Students on a Basketball Court - July 31, 2018

Rogers family establishes $1 million Endowment Fund for Essential Care for Children Program - July 12, 2018

Camp for kids who’ve experienced the death of someone they love - July 11, 2018

Dr. Christopher Kerr Featured on Grief Dreams Podcast - June 4, 2018

 Hospice Buffalo Receives Hospice Honors Elite Award - May 15, 2018

Hospice Buffalo's 22nd Annual Memorial Walk - May 10, 2018

“People don’t understand what goes on in here”: A consensual qualitative research analysis of inmate-caregiver perspectives on prison-based end-of-life care. - February 22, 2018

Hospice Buffalo is Proud to Announce 2018 Board Appointments - January 19, 2018

Businesses and Schools Needed for Hospice Buffalo's Spring Bouquet Sale - January 5, 2018

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