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Honoring Life
Offering Hope

Welcome to Hospice of Grace! Our mission is simple: We are committed to honoring life and offering hope to our patients and their families.

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Monday – Friday 8:30 – 5:30 PM
Saturday 8:30 – 3:00 PM
Sunday Closed

Phone: (888) 769-7444

Fax: (818) 553-6656

351 East Foothill Boulevard Suite 250 Arcadia, CA 91006

Welcome to Hospice of Grace


The Emotional Reality of Grief

THE EMOTIONAL REALITY OF GRIEF by J. Thomas, PH.D, D.DIV   Society tends to believe that grief makes you sad. If only grief was this simple. If you have lost someone you love, you should be prepared for the reality that grief will drag you through a huge expanse of emotions – from the raw, debilitating, and shocking wound of your immediate loss to the long-term feelings of loneliness, isolation and longing for your loved one that never quite go away. You may also be caught off guard when your emotions change rapidly, intensifying and then retreating again, only to reemerge when you least expect them. Most grievers are vulnerable when exposed to all of these complex emotions. Not only are you confused by what you are going through, but also others around you don’t understand either. All of these feelings may combine to make you feel as if you are losing your mind. It is important to know that you are not losing your mind – you are grieving. And at times it feels as if you are fighting for your very survival. The emotions you undergo during grief will possibly be the most painful and confusing experiences [...]

August 18th, 2017|

Uncovering The Truth About Hospice Care

UNCOVERING THE TRUTH ABOUT HOSPICE CARE by J. Thomas, PH.D, D.DIV   In the recent years, attitudes towards death and dying in America and much of the rest of the world have slowly changed. The hospice movement has grown considerably and now constitutes its own segment of the health care system. Prior to hospice, people often died alone, in institutional settings like hospitals or convalescent homes. While some people still pass away without their loved ones around them, many are choosing to receive hospice/palliative care at home as a way to make the end of their lives as comfortable and rewarding as possible. But there are still many common misconceptions about hospice. Nobody likes to dwell on the subject of death, so people are naturally reluctant to study what hospice care is until they are in need of hospice services. In my career working with families and professionals I have discovered that due to the lack of education and fear of talking about death that there are some common misunderstandings about hospice. I hope this article will help with clearing up some of these misunderstandings.   No. 1: Hospice places a time limit on patient stays and hastens death. Many [...]

July 25th, 2017|

Hospice of Grace is a leading provider of hospice care services in Southern California. Our team works closely with the patient’s family and physician to meet the patient’s needs in the comfort of their own home or in the residence of their choice.

Routine Home Care

Routine Home Care

Routine home care is provided by Hospice of Grace in the patient’s place of residence. The care is delivered by a specially trained and compassionate staff of medical, spiritual and social work professionals and volunteers.

General Inpatient Care

General Inpatient Care

Some patients may have symptoms so severe that they cannot get adequate treatment at home or they may feel more comfortable getting treatment at an inpatient facility. For these patients, inpatient care may be an option.

Respite Care

Respite Care

Respite care is available to the primary caregivers and family in need of rest from caring for the patient. There are several local nursing facilities, as well as private respite homes available for respite care.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Serious illnesses require more than just care, they require comfort, too. Palliative care is provided to people living with serious illnesses, to relieve pain and other symptoms and to improve comfort and quality of life.

Continuous Care

Continuous Care

On occasion, a medical crisis can occur which requires close medical supervision. Hospice of Grace has the ability to provide continuous, around-the-clock licensed nursing care for a hospice patient so they can avoid hospitalization. Once the medical crisis is over, the patient can return to routine hospice care.


Hospice of Grace is a leading provider of hospice care in Southern California

Arpi Tarkhanian Kestenian

Chief Executive Officer

Arpine Tarkhanian Kestenian is the Chief Executive Officer of Hospice of Grace. She is a leader in the health care industry with over twenty years of quality management experience. She is known for her managed care dealings on behalf of a multitude of medical groups, physicians and hospitals. She is widely respected in the community as a reliable and knowledgeable source with regard to all aspects of healthcare. She provides community education through the media and is revered as an extraordinary resource for navigation through our complicated health care systems. She has served on multiple community and executive boards, including but not limited to: Glendale Youth Alliance, Chamber of Commerce, and branches of the American Medical Society. She volunteers for community foundations and is a leader at procuring funds for the Bone Marrow Donor Registry for those in need worldwide. She has been very successful at individual causes brought to her attention through the “Gift of Life Foundation” dedicated to support for children with life threatening illnesses.

Edward Kocharian, MD

Medical Director

Edward Kocharian, MD, is the Medical Director for Hospice of Grace. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. He completed his residency at Cleveland Clinic Health Systems following medical school. Dr. Kocharian’s clinical area of expertise includes but is not limited to palliative and hospice care. Through his practice he services primarily the geriatric population. He is fluent in English, Armenian and Russian. He is committed to compassionate care and symptom management as well as quality of life. He is respected and revered in the community as a quality physician who takes the needed time to listen to his patients’ needs and to respond with solutions and interventions that make better days for his clients. He is a source of knowledge and support for the Hospice of Grace caregivers and team as well as the individual patients and their families. He attends the Hospice of Grace interdisciplinary team meetings, offering advice and guidance in their quest to provide quality of life.

Johnathan Thomas

Director of Marketing Spiritual Counseling

Johnathan is the Director of Marketing and Spiritual Counseling for Hospice of Grace. He has been working in Hospice & Palliative care for 10 years. Johnathan’s call for his life is to serve those who are dying and provide compassionate counseling and spiritual support to grieving families. Johnathan has his Bachelors in Business, Psychology and Religion. Along with his Master’s in Business in Health Care Management and Marketing he also has his Masters of Divinity, Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate of Divinity. He is also a certified Hospice Administrator. He’s had training in a wide variety of holistic therapies such as Hypnotherapy, Guided Meditation, EFT, Reiki, Transformational Breath, Meditation, Past Life Regression, and Inner Child therapy as well as other techniques he uses for patients and families. Johnathan offers his rare combination of intuition, strength and gentleness to everyone he meets and his work is a reflection of his passion for life.

Honoring Life Offering Hope

Hospice of Grace is a leading provider of hospice care services in Southern California. Our team works closely with the patient’s family and physician to meet the patient’s needs in the comfort of their own home, or in the residence of their choice. Hospice of Grace takes a progressive approach to hospice nursing and care, focusing our energies on bringing this gift to more eligible patients and developing new ways to better serve the patients who entrust us with their care.

We are also accredited by The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit accrediting body for health care organizations. Its purpose is to define and advance the highest level of care above and beyond the acceptable standards.

Our Philosophy of Care

Hospice of Grace honors the value of the human spirit by empowering patients to maximize their independence and focus on what’s most important: Life.

We believe that no matter what age, physical condition or mental acuity, the human spirit thrives on personal growth and fulfillment. This belief provides the foundation for Hospice of Grace’s exceptional care and allows us to enrich the lives of those we serve. Our goal is to give you the best care possible.

At Hospice of Grace we value and enjoy caring for our patients, as we would for our loved ones. Our commitment is to always treat people with compassion and dignity. Hospice of Grace’s Comprehensive Care philosophy makes hospice nursing available to all eligible patients by removing barriers and overcoming obstacles to access. This passion is a driving force behind Hospice of Grace’s ability to sustain its reputation as a hospice of choice – for our patients, our families, our employees and our volunteers.

Fully Accredited

Hospice of Care is proud to be fully accredited by The Joint Commission.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Message from The Owner

“Dear Family,

Welcome to Hospice of Grace. Our mission and philosophy are directed at honoring life and offering hope. We cater to those facing life limiting illnesses by support with compassionate care. Our goal is to provide services designed to relieve symptoms, manage pain and deliver emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. We will help families achieve peace and tranquility through the art of living well through each day.

Our team honors the human spirit by empowering patients and families through the provision of tools that will maximize their independence and allow them to focus on Life. Our team will focus on providing comfort and pain relief when a cure is no longer a viable option. We will support the spiritual and psychosocial needs of the patient as well as the family.Care is provided by the dedicated staff, who accompany families during this arduous journey. They are comprised of Social worker who are Masters prepared, Chaplains, Nurses, and Physicians. They work along side each other, all with the same goals: establishment of quality of life, symptom management, and provision of spiritual support.

It is my personal passion to ensure that your loved one receives the care and compassion they so deserve. We will provide support, as we accompany you on this difficult journey.

I consider it an honor to provide care, meet needs and make a better day for you and your loved one.”

Arpi Tarkhanian Kestenian

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