Volunteers in Hospice Care are members of a dedicated group of loyal and sensitive individuals who give of themselves to ensure the mission of Hospice care. That mission is to provide services that meet the needs of patients emotionally, physically, ... Read more
Volunteers in Hospice Care are members of a dedicated group of loyal and sensitive individuals who give of themselves to ensure the mission of Hospice care. That mission is to provide services that meet the needs of patients emotionally, physically, practically and spiritually, as they face the last phase of life, dying from a terminal illness. Hospice reflects a spirit and philosophy of caring that focuses on providing total comfort and dignity along with a celebration of life.
The Hospice team of physicians, nurses, social workers and nursing assistants speak of Hospice Volunteers as "The Heart of Hospice Care." Volunteers support the organization's mission by sharing unique skills in music, the arts, Reiki, Massage, Pet Therapy or simply enhance lives by being a caring presence, offering heightened listening skills, reading stories, prayers or sharing a patient's favorite recorded music. Your visits reduce patient isolation through compassionate companionship.
Volunteers may also chose to help with bereavement, support for families, and/or office help such as filing, data entry and mailings.
It my honor and privilege to have been invited to share Life’s journey with so many incredible individuals. Each person’s unique courage and graciousness has humbled me.
Being a part of the JHC Hospice team is also an honor. .the training, support, continuing education, and volunteer sharing events reflect the Professionalism of the JHC volunteer program, and the respect and deep appreciation for those of us who volunteer, by all the members of the team.
When I signed up to become a Hospice volunteer almost four years ago, it didn't occur to me that I would get as much out of this work as I would put in. The training was a fascinating primer on end-of-life issues, sociological, psychological, spiritual, emotional. The satisfaction of visiting patients--some just a few times, others for several months--was powerful. They and their families were so appreciative that a stranger would come into their lives at a time when every visit was important. Such a simple way to do something important!
The support from Harriett Katz and her team at JHC Hospice was tremendous. They always made me feel like an important part of my patients' care. They held lovely events to show their appreciation and were always available for consultation. Every correspondence from Harriett came with a heartfelt thanks for my work. What more can you ask as a volunteer than meaningful work for which you are well prepared and given oceans of thanks???
JHC Hospice has been the perfect vehicle for me to express my need to "give back" to my community in a volunteer capacity. Harriett Katz and her entire team have provided comprehensive training sessions as well as opportunities for continuing education, and are consistently available for support and feedback.
I have found an outlet for many of the areas I have developed through the years; Reiki, Art, and writing Life Stories amongst them. In the future I will be bringing my puppy to hospice visits (as soon as he is fully certified by Pet Partners).
Many people ask me "Why hospice?" - my answer is that doing this kind of work is so gratifying. The other volunteers I have gotten to know, the families I have developed relationships with, the patients who are so appreciative of my visits, and the overall feeling of love and giving in this community is palpable.
Thank-you, JHC Hospice for this wonderful opportunity.