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Good Shepherd Community Care is dedicated to the delivery of the highest quality of care, support and education for those experiencing or anticipating serious illness and loss.
In 1978, Hospice of the Good Shepherd was created as the first hospice in Massachusetts by a compassionate, visionary group of people from the Parish of the Good Shepherd, an Episcopal Church in Newton. Good Shepherd emerged from its community with the belief that the community wanted to, and could care for itself. That even in increasingly fragmented times, the power and strength of a community directed to caring can alter the experience of any illness.
Though for many years, Hospice of the Good Shepherd carried its name from our neighboring Parish, we have always been an independent, community-based, not-for-profit, non-sectarian, hospice care agency. We have, at times, struggled with the reality that our name could create a misunderstanding that may alienate some people from our care when they need it most. The spiritual care we provide is driven only by the beliefs and preferences of our patients and their loved ones. At one point several years ago we considered dropping Good Shepherd from our name to avoid creating any opportunity for misunderstanding for those who are Jewish, of another non-Christian faith, or non-religious.
Over these past 41 years, however, this name has come to mean something to many members of our community and we believe that meaning holds more value than its potential for misperception subtracts. Because we expect both the diversity and depth of our programs to continue to grow, Good Shepherd Community Care is the name that we feel most reflects our identity. As reflected in the feelings of the families we serve, much of our work is to guide and shepherd our patients and families through times that are often otherwise dark and unfamiliar.
"Thank you for taking good care of our family. The nurses and social worker showed so much understanding and compassion while under your care. He passed away comfortably and peacefully at home." - Family member of a patient
"We all wish to express our sincere, heartfelt appreciation to you and all the staff involved in helping us be able to keep mom at home. Without the support and caring shown by all of you, we would not have been able to honor her wishes." -Family member of a patient
"Everyone treated our dad with kindness, knowledge and respect. And, most importantly, the help and advice were provided in a timely way, which made it possible for us to make intelligent decisions in difficult and painful circumstances." - Family member of a patient
"On behalf of our mother, we would like to thank you all so very much for all the love, support and expert help we received. Everyone we encountered was supportive to our family." - Family member of a patient
"Thank you for all you did for our father. You are all amazing and compassionate! We admire your commitment to all of those patients and families who you touch every day!" - Family member
"The Good Shepherd team helped my mom to live her best life. Everyone was so caring, compassionate and knowledgeable - it was a pleasure to work with them to help her through some difficult times. They were there every step of the way to answer questions, offer comfort and advice, and care for her physically, emotionally and spiritually." - Family member of a patient
"We never could have gotten through the last month without the incredible support, kind words and guidance from Good Shepherd. You made my mom’s end of life the best it could possibly have been." - Family member
"We are very grateful for the loving care you gave to our sister. The comfort and communication you also provided us was very appreciated. Your community is very impressive and we were so relieved that you were involved and loving to her in her final days." - Family member