Lori loved to plan vacations, watch the sunset and had a spark for life that was contagious. But then she was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. With the help of Empath Health Palliative Care program she was able to make the most of every day – even through a pandemic.

“Her treatments kept things at bay and allowed her extra time,” said her husband Anthony. The team pivoted during COVID-19 and added expert care through telemedicine, even diagnosing a blood clot. And because of that care, Lori was able to reach two important milestones – her two eldest daughter’s weddings.

After 9 months in the palliative care program, the family decided hospice care was the next step of their journey with Empath. The transition was seamless to Suncoast Hospice care. With her pain eased, Lori was able to spend quality time with her beloved husband through Thanksgiving and Christmas and pass away in their beach house she so loved, and surrounded by her family. Empath Health continued to care for the family with ongoing bereavement counseling and support.

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