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The final goodbye


NISSWA — Lila Moen believes the greatest gift of love a person can give is caring for a family member who is dying. It is often an emotionally and physically exhausting experience.

But what does that say about hospice workers like Moen, a Good Samaritan Home Care/Hospice nurse, who care for people in their final days every day?

Some call them angels. Moen has discovered that providing care and comfort for the dying is a job she just can’t leave.

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Jodie Tweed
Jodie Tweed has been a staff writer at the Brainerd Dispatch since May 1997, primarily covering education and writing human interest stories. She also took over as HealthWatch editor in the spring of 2010. A graduate of Pequot Lakes High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Bemidji State University and her master’s degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University. She previously worked as news director at KLKS Radio in Breezy Point and was a media consultant at a Twin Cities public relations firm. She also worked as a staff assistant for the former “Nashville Now” television show on The Nashville Network while attending college in Nashville. She and her husband, Nels, have three daughters, Erika, 17, Madeline, 2, and Beatrice, who was born in April 2011.