Caring Hospice Services

Caring Hospice Services is passionate about their mission to bring comfort and relief into the lives of those who need it most.

Every day, their caring and compassionate staff works wonders in the lives of hundreds of terminally ill patients and their families. They replace suffering with comfort, despondence with good cheer, and despair with hope.

They have earned the confidence of medical professionals and the eternal gratitude of thousands of patients and family members.

Yajaira Algarin-Martelly, RN

Yajaira has worked in many nursing fields, including the Adult Emergency Department. Now she finds fulfillment in her work with hospice patients, where she feels she receives just as much from her patients as she gives. She was recently diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease, which has compromised her own quality of life and given her even more empathy for her patients’ daily struggles.

LaVaughn Coward, RN, PCM

Originally from Trinidad, LaVaughn grew up in a community in which her elders died at home surrounded by family. She began working in hospice while simultaneously caring for an ailing medical colleague, who died in her arms. Over the past 20 years she has served her Brooklyn community, and has seen how death affects everyone differently. She is fascinated by the various cultural traditions surrounding death that she has been able to witness in her work, and finds common threads among disparate cultures, such as Russian and Haitian.

Larisa Kupershmid, RN

A child of Ukranian Jewish refugees and a survivor of the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, Larisa works predominantly within the Russian-speaking community, where she offers her expertise and intuition to those in need. She has learned that discussions about death and dying have to be handled with great care and patience, even within her own family.