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Our Providence South Bay Community ministry is informed by our mission to "Know me, care for me, and ease my way," Nowhere is our mission more relevant than when caring for the dying. No one is born alone, and in the best of circumstances, no one dies alone. Yet sometimes, patients are alone when approaching death and have neither family nor close friends able to be continually present with them as they near the end of life. Our No One Dies Alone (NODA) program was created to provide these individuals in our hospital and inpatient hospice suites with the most valuable of human gifts-a dignified death.Through the efforts of volunteers, No One Dies Alone provides a reassuring presence to dying patients who would otherwise be alone.
We are an "on-call" volunteer service. Volunteers respond as they are able to companion NODA patients in the hospital. Comfort with email is essential. All volunteer companioning takes place with patients in the hospital or inpatient hospice suites. The process of becoming a volunteer is as follows: potential volunteers 1. Schedule an interview with NODA coordinator 2. Attend the half-day NODA volunteer training 3. Complete the hospital’s general orientation process (including TB screening and a background check. This process takes a few months. We have a maximum of 16 spots available in each NODA training session.
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