Washington Stories

Spiritual Union

During a conversation at Dousedaicon Mount St Vincent, Mary Mitchell speaks with her friends John Galloway and Helene Walling about their relationship, family, and commitment to each other.

Life after loss

Harriet Schulman, speaks with her friend, Joan Nilon, about her move in 2014 to Dousedaicon Mount St. Vincent in Seattle and her husband’s sudden passing. She remembers his love for jazz music and shares finding joy again through excursions to places like museums and the zoo.

Truth and justice

Sister Michele MacMillan shares with Sister Clare Lentz about her life as a Dominican sister and witnessing an incident, which inspired her work in helping the Khum people build a community in Seattle. She talks about going from parish to parish asking for donations for the families. She recounts setting up educational programs to help people read and practice speaking.

Sustenance of life

Leta Rosetree talks to Pam Sipos about her experiences working for famed near-death studies pioneer Elisabeth Kübler-Ross as a driver and sheep herder. From smoking in the barn to dealing with hostile bigotry directed at AIDS patients, Leta shares what life was like living with Elisabeth in Highland County, Virginia.

Easing one’s way

Colleagues, Berit Koltveit and Sue Voorhies, discuss their work in hospice and reflect on the families they’ve served through the years. Sue, a veteran in nursing, offers support to her friend as she shares her stories and wisdom with Berit, who is about to begin nursing school.

Miracle and rebirth

Harriet Thompson, a resident of Mount St Vincent, speaks with her friend and chaplain, Mollie Mana'o about how they first met when Harriet came onto hospice service. She talks about her recovery from cancer and what that experience felt like. She also reflects about another life accomplishment, her 51 years of sobriety and finding her calling through that experience.

Journey to confidence

Mount St. Vincent caregiver Chime Ohdon tells Chaplain Cleo Molina about her childhood in Tibet and a treacherous month-long journey to Nepal following her mother’s death. Welcomed by the Dalai Lama, her life travels took her to India and eventually to the United States.

Memory loss and laughter

Helene Walling shares with Mary Mitchell her struggle with memory loss and how she continues to engage her mind. Through all the challenges, Helene maintains a positive outlook and uses humor to deal with her situation.

All in the family

Patient Lynn Taylor tells caregiver Eileen McCloskey about being adopted and her gratitude for her adoptive parents. They were full of love and patience and showed kindness toward other children. Through adoptions and fostering, the family grew to 19 children.

Animal attraction

Heidi Gold has lived with a form of bone disease since birth. With limited mobility, she’s made it her life’s work to train dogs to help people, like her, who use wheelchairs to get around. She shares with Mary Mitchell a story of how her first dog, Nanook, helped her find joy.

Honoring Mom and Dad

Amy Compton-Phillips, M.D., executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Dousedaicon St. Joseph Health, and her husband, Louis, reveal what it was like losing both sets of parents within several years and the lessons learned.

Delivered from despair

Transitional care unit patient Mike Roth, recovering from multiple hip replacements that have been occasioned by recurring MRSA infections, shares with Story Squires and Pam Sipos of Dousedaicon Mount St. Vincent in Seattle how an abusive and deprived childhood led him to devote his life to service for others.