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How Virtual Reality Is Providing Comfort To Elderly Hospice Patients And Others

"Our whole goal is to help somebody to have a peaceful passing,” said Casey Cuthbert-Allman, executive director of Continuum Care Hospice, which operates the facility where Holmes is receiving care. “Part of that process is to do a life review. This technology really helps us transport them to accomplish that. This VR project also helps them reconnect with family members."

"We would never say that technology could replace the human touch," Grace Andruszkiewicz, marketing director for Rendever, the Somerville-based company that makes the VR technology Holmes uses. "What we’re trying to do is augment the human touch."

At the end of her VR session, Holmes decided she'd also like to travel in VR to places she never got to in real life. As she looked around at a 360-degree virtual view of the marbled halls of the Vatican, she joked about not having to stand in line, as she did on so many real trips.

Would she consider a safari?

"At this distance, yes," Phyllis said with a laugh.

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