What it's like to be a hospice volunteer

What it's like to be a hospice volunteer



I am a hospice volunteer for Holy Redeemer when I'm asked how did you decide to get into hospice I like to say Hospice decided for me I had been exposed to it over the years I put my mother in hospice and she only lasted thirteen hours there so my exposure wasn't a great length of time but I was there when she passed it was a lovely atmosphere and I kind of got hooked at that point ie I saw what pain she was in in the hospital got her into Hospice and it was just a whole different atmosphere I thought you know what this is worth this is worth my time and of which I had a lot I was retired and I wanted something useful to do I wanted to make a difference at the end of the day in the lives of patients when I walked into a patient's room I don't see somebody who's dying I approach it as somebody who's living and let me find out everything about you that I can be of help to you that I can be of comfort to you that I can care for you and I kind of think that when I go into a patient's room if I can walk out of that room having touched that person's hand in a very personal gesture and say I'll see you the next time and I walk out of that room it's it's a really a heartfelt great feeling a lot of times when patients are in rooms that you've become attached to after they're gone you walk by that room and you see that they're not there it really it really brings it all home to you I I get very emotional about it I miss them and maybe that's what Hospice is about I don't know a typical day when you go in the inpatient unit it's a whole other ballgame there's a lot of a lot of things to do to make the family comfort and at ease you go into a room and you speak to a person anything I can get you oh do you like ice cream do you you know would you like a your water refreshed and then sooner or later you sit down and you begin to speak with them and you find out about their lives and and it makes them feel great and it kind of gives you a good feeling once again that you've you've spent some time with somebody in their last moments on earth it's funny how you go in to help and you come out being the person who's helped

3 thoughts on “What it's like to be a hospice volunteer

  1. i can relate we had used hospice ourselves before dad went seven years ago. especially in the last hour its really a good religous expeireince.

  2. I appreciate this gentleman's words: "I go into a patient's room, I don't see somebody who's dying; I approach it as somebody who's living" and "It's funny how you go into help and you come out being the person who's helped."  As a hospice volunteer, I truly relate to his experience and encourage others to consider volunteering.

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