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Care Moment – The Fry Family’s Story

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Care Moment: The Fry Family's Story

Fry Family

In the world of hospice care, the journey of each family we serve is unique, deeply personal, and filled with moments of profound beauty and tenderness. The story of Greg Fry and his family exemplifies the essence of Compassus’ mission—to honor quality of life while providing compassionate care for our patients and their families.

Greg Fry, a man celebrated for his unwavering love and dedication as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend, faced a daunting battle with pancreatic cancer diagnosed in September 2019. This journey took a turn when his condition metastasized in August 2022, leading to multiple treatments and interventions. Despite the challenges, Greg and his wife, Jenny, chose to live by the motto ‘Life is short. We choose to live it well” and embrace each moment with love, courage, and dignity.

By February 2024, the reality of Greg’s condition necessitated the supportive care of Compassus. This decision marked the beginning of a partnership grounded in compassion, respect, and a shared commitment to ensuring Greg’s final days were lived to the fullest.

Amidst this challenging time, a special moment of joy and celebration orchestrated for the Fry family—an early graduation ceremony for their youngest son, Zayne. Understanding Greg’s heartfelt wish to see his son graduate, Kati Lane, Hospice Registered Nurse Case Manager with Compassus, alongside our Osage Beach, Missouri team members, referred to as the hospice ‘Dream Team’ by Jenny, made this wish a reality. The event, meticulously planned in collaboration with Camdenton High School, was not just a graduation; it was a testament to a father’s love and a family’s strength.

The ceremony, complete with a formal procession and a luncheon, was a moment of pure joy and pride for Greg. It also underscored the ethos of Compassus Hospice—caring for the patient extends beyond medical needs; it is about nurturing the spirit and honoring the profound milestones in their lives. Zayne’s graduation gift, a laptop from his dad, symbolized Greg’s lasting presence and love in his son’s future endeavors.

Throughout Greg’s journey, the Compassus team offered unwavering support, empathy, and kindness to Jenny, their children, and close family members, embodying our philosophy of ‘Care for Who I Am.’ This comprehensive support system ensured that every need, whether emotional, spiritual, or physical, was met with the utmost care and sensitivity.

The Fry family’s journey with Compassus is a powerful reminder of the impact of holistic, compassionate care. It reflects our commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our patients and providing unwavering support to their families during challenging times.

We extend our deepest gratitude to the Fry family for allowing Compassus the honor of being part of their journey. Special thanks to Kati Lane and the entire Osage Beach team for their dedication and commitment to compassionate care, embodying the absolute best of what we stand for at Compassus.

The Fry family’s story is a testament to the power of love, the strength of family, and the profound difference compassionate care can make in the lives of those facing the end of life’s journey. It is a reminder that in hospice care, every day is a gift, and every moment is an opportunity to celebrate life, love, and legacy.

To learn more about our Osage Beach, Missouri hospice program, click here.

Fry Family

At Compassus, our value is in the compassion and expertise of our teams, which act as an extension of patients’ existing care teams. We believe everyone who interacts with us should experience our individualized Care for who I am philosophy, from the care services we provide to patients and families to how we interact with our partners and one another.