Celebrating its 35th year of service in 2014, Four Seasons Compassion for Life, a nationally respected, award-winning hospice and palliative care non-profit organization, remains deeply committed to serving the community through fulfilling its mission of Co-Creating the Care Experience. To date, Four Seasons Compassion for Life has served more than 10,000 patients in Henderson and Buncombe counties and surrounding areas. The Four Seasons tradition of excellence began in 1979 when Jean Moulthrop Hoogstra, a Henderson County community volunteer, reached out to psychologist John Esse and registered nurse Claire Burse with the objective of providing services to terminally ill persons who would prefer to die at home. Under the auspices of a steering committee, the Hospice of Henderson County incorporated in December 1979. By June 1981, the hospice served its first patient, and the rest, as they say, is history.