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Pastor Andrea Olson and Margaret Kirkey show the "honor quilt" that Kirkey made in 2008. In the forefront is the comfort care basket given to family members while their loved one is in the dying process. Photo by: Lowell Anderson, Echo Press

Celebrating life at the time of death - Ecumen Bethany strives to make death a time of celebration and remembrance

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When living or working in a long-term care facility, death is a common occurrence.

The staff at Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria strives to make the dying process a positive experience and a time of celebration.


According to Pastor Andrea Olson, chaplain at Ecumen Bethany, a lot of focus has been placed on end of life care in the past few years.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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