Compassion. Comfort. Hope.

Patient-centered hospice care in Roanoke, VA and Lynchburg, VA.

Giving is what directs our hearts and defines our ministry — at the bedside and beyond. As a member of our hospice family, you can also share in serving those in need!

Our mission and purpose is to provide our patients with the best hospice care available in a manner that exemplifies Christ’s ministry while he was on earth. This has always been our philosophy and practice, and it is our continued commitment and promise to you.

When Gentle Shepherd was founded, Don and Kim pledged to care for others as Jesus did and to devote significant time and money to ministries, missions and community organizations that share our core values. Through our direct efforts and our ministry partners as the “hands and feet of Christ,” we have served millions of people around the world. 

An example of our commitment to ministry is a 15-year partnership with The Gideons International through which thousands of bibles have been placed in memory of each of our patients. Through this ministry alone, Gentle Shepherd patients have potentially reached over 18 million souls with God’s word!

Here in our local communities, we also match 100% of employee donations to several other area ministries with which we have long-standing partnerships. We would love for you to join us in living to give! 

We're Here to Help

Please call 800-789-0586 or submit an inquiry email.

We’re here when you need us most.

PATIENT CENTERED

Your desires, your comfort, your legacy. How you spend your final days… YOUR choice.

COMPASSIONATE

Caring and comforting you and your family in a manner that exemplifies the ministry of Christ.

COMPREHENSIVE

A dedicated hospice care team to develop and implement a personalized care plan.

Recent Blog Posts

In Our Words: The Freedom to Question

by Brian Whited, our Chaplain GSH Staff, on this Good Friday, here is a devotion for you. Love you all. Keep up the good work.  God is in control.  He owns the cattle on a thousand hills.  He knows each hair on our head.  But the world we live in is also chaotic and...

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In Our Own Words: Our Souls are fed by Needle & Thread

by Carey Frost-Perdue, Executive Administrator of Administration   When our way of life becomes unstable, we can tend to panic and close ourselves off and away until the danger has passed. That is just human nature. It's not necessarily a bad thing because when...

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In Our Own Words: Cows on a Hill

by Brian Whited, Chaplain, Gentle Shepherd Hospice The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets. From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth...for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a...

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In Our Words: Prayers during difficult times

In the midst of this crisis, most of the Gentle Shepherd staff is in the field or working remotely. In lieu of a marketing team meeting today, we received a touching email from Tracie McKenney, our executive director of strategic development and mission advancement. I...

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Keep calm and stay in balance

This is a time of great uncertainty. It's natural to feel a wide range of emotions, including fear, anxiety, confusion, or loneliness. It is also a time to take extra care to address your feelings and keep them from paralyzing or overwhelming you. Get the facts. Our...

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COVID-19: Recommended Steps to Prevent Illness

As COVID-19 spreads, experts indicate many people will not have or exhibit serious symptoms even if they contract the disease. However, there are two groups of people who are especially at risk, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions. Older adults and...

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SPECIAL ALERT Regarding our Response to COVID-19

Gentle Shepherd Hospice continues to closely monitor COVID-19 and following all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Since early in 2020, our multi-disciplinary emergency preparedness response team has been coordinating all operations in accordance with...

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Caring for a loved one with COVID-19?

What we know so far is that COVID-19 is spread much like the regular flu—through coughs and sneezes that put droplets in the air and on surfaces. It may be 2–14 days after exposure before a person has symptoms. That means people can spread the virus without knowing...

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Dementia and communication: Listening

People with Alzheimer's or other memory loss conditions often have trouble expressing themselves, sometimes right from the start of the disease. This can easily lead to confusion and frustration for both of you. Your willingness to exercise patience is key to...

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Video chatting for the “tech challenged”

Many older adults are embracing technology to stay connected with family and friends during the pandemic. Although some popular technologies—Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype—are relatively simple, they still require a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Plus some tech savvy....

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“Should we bring Dad home?”

In the context of COVID, many families are wondering if an older relative would be better off moving out of their assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing facility. It's not an easy question to answer. The advantages of facility living. Facilities have staff...

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