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Volunteer Testimonials

These volunteer testimonials will give you an idea of what it's like to be a Hospice Touch Volunteer.

 

Emily
Danny D.
Norm M.
Marti C.
Kathy N.
Richard P.
Tiffany N.
Sidra N.
Norm

 

 

Emily

Why did you decide to become a Hospice Touch Volunteer?

I came across Hospice Touch as a possible organization to volunteer for while searching for healthcare-related volunteer opportunities. I decided to become a Hospice Touch volunteer because I wanted to learn more about the other side of healthcare that one does not usually see—what happens at the end of life? Hospice Touch does a great job teaching its volunteers about the hospice philosophy.


What has been your most rewarding experience?

My most rewarding experience has been seeing how seemingly mundane actions can have a big impact on my patient and his/her family. During one visit, I gave my patient a bright pink daisy as a surprise. Her caregiver placed it in a vase on the table where my patient ate, and the following visit, my patient could not thank me enough for giving her a flower. Little things that seem insignificant can do so much to brighten up a patient’s day, and that’s what I love about volunteering with Hospice Touch. I meet people from all backgrounds, and it’s a great way to provide compassion, support and comfort.


What would you tell someone who is considering Hospice Volunteering?

I would tell someone who is considering hospice volunteering to definitely give it a try and to go in open-minded and ready to provide compassion and support to the patient and his/her family. It’s a great way to learn more about yourself and more about others. This is also a wonderful opportunity for students because you can choose which days to volunteer; it’s only a few hours a week, and you can do so much during that time to brighten up someone’s day whether it’s providing caregiver relief or watching a movie with your patient or reading together or listening to music. Even if your patient does not feel like doing anything during your visit, simple things like holding your patient’s hand while he/she sleeps can be emotionally fulfilling for you and your patient.


What else would you like to share?

I am very thankful for having the opportunity to volunteer with Hospice Touch. It feels great knowing that I have made a difference in someone’s life simply by providing companionship.

 

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Danny D.

Why did you decide to become a Hospice Touch Volunteer?

Because I was so impressed and grateful with the Hospice Staff who helped me and my grandmother out, while she was dying of cancer. I wanted to be able to do the same for someone else.


What has been your most rewarding experience?

I had a patient who's name was Walter. He had suffered a severe stroke, was bed ridden, and couldn't speak. His wife had a hard time hoisting him out of bed (into the wheelchair) and couldn't push him up or down the steep ramp, to get him outside for a stroll. I would come by, and take him for a stroll around the neighborhood and local stores. There are few things that took place most visits that I will never forget. The first one is the smile on his face as I was walking through the door with his favorite treat, a McDonalds Milkshake (vanilla). He would mumble Yea, Yea, Yea! This also brought a huge smile to his wife's face as well. She was very grateful of my time. Most days, as I pushed him around town, he would just smile and try to hum a song, because he was so happy to be outside in the fresh air. As I was leaving each visit, his wife couldn't thank me enough, and I could see in Walter's eyes and his gestures, that he was incredibly grateful as well.


What would you tell someone who is considering Hospice Volunteering?

I cannot express how rewarding it is to be a Hospice Volunteer. There is no better feeling, than to be able to help and comfort someone in need. I have been very impressed with the Hospice Staff, especially Ginger (volunteer coord.). Everyone is very compassionate, kind, helpful, and just seem to have big hearts.


What else would you like to share?

I was apprehensive about becoming a Hospice Volunteer initially. I wasn't sure that I could emotionally cope with getting to know someone, only to lose them shortly thereafter. I also thought it might be depressing, but it has been the complete opposite. Don't get me wrong, I do experience sadness and a sense of grief, when a patient has passed. But, mostly I feel rewarded. It feels good to know that you just helped make someone's (and their family’s) last days with us the best possible.

 

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Norm M.

Why did you decide to become a Hospice Touch Volunteer?

I became a patient care volunteer to help end-of-life patients and their families. My personal goals have been to strive to touch a life and to be a catalyst for positive personal connections.


What has been your most rewarding experience?

My most rewarding experience is from those “goosebump” moments shared with hospice patients (my angels and saints).


What would you tell someone who is considering hospice volunteering?

If your passion is to cherish the beauty of life, nothing can match hospice volunteering!


What else would you like to share?

I see teams of compassionate professionals serving patients with unique respect and meticulous care.  At Hospice Touch, I know caring is always in season.

 

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Marti C.

Why did you decide to become a Hospice Touch Volunteer?

My father-in-law, who lived with us, had a massive stroke and was in the hospital 3 days. We brought him home under the care of Hospice Touch.  We loved everyone on the team so I decided that when I had time, I would become a volunteer.


What has been your most rewarding experience?

My most rewarding experience has been to be able to relieve our Volunteer Coordinator, Ginger, of some of her loads of work. She is always so grateful and makes me feel that what I do is important.


What would you tell someone who is considering Hospice Volunteering?

Hospice Volunteering is an amazing experience! There are several types of volunteers and you can choose the one best suited to you. They include visiting patients, relieving care givers, working in the office, offering Bereavement support and being a community volunteer.  I find it a gift to be able to give.


What else would you like to share?

Volunteering for Hospice Touch has added a feeling of fulfillment to my life.  It is special to know that what I do makes a positive contribution to the lives of others.

 

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Kathy N.

Why did you decide to become a Hospice Touch Volunteer?

I wanted the opportunity to help people in a one-on-one atmosphere.  It is gratifying to make a few hours of their life more enjoyable, perhaps a little less lonely. .


What has been your most rewarding experience?

The friendships that I have had with some of my patients.  I’ve enjoyed the visits as much as they have.


What would you tell someone who is considering Hospice Volunteering?

That it is very rewarding – and it is a commitment.  Your patient becomes attached to you.  Only do it if you can be reliable.


What else would you like to share?

This is a really important service that we provide.  Don’t forget to share a few laughs with your patients – everyone loves to laugh!

 

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richard P.

Why did you decide to become a Hospice Touch Volunteer?

I decided to volunteer because I thought it was a wonderful way to use my life and time, after my wife died.  The Hospice volunteer who came to us was wonderful and caring – the emotion he exuded was contagious.


What has been your most rewarding experience?

I visited a man who had seemingly become incommunicado.  I talked to him and held his hand.  As I was leaving, he grabbed my hand and whispered – thanks for caring and coming.  He died that day.


What would you tell someone who is considering Hospice Volunteering?

It is rewarding, only if you want to help and can identify yourself with the patient.  Reward is not the goal, buy empathy is, (to me).  I want to help the person to feel I really care about him and his response to the rest of his life.  No preaching – just listening, responding and caring.


What else would you like to share?

In a way this calling is selfish, as you feel better when you leave the patient.  You have done a good thing.  Yet in the long run, the activity allows you to contemplate your own mortality and prepare for it.  You hope someone as caring as you hope you are, will attend you.

 

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Tiffany N.

Why did you decide to become a Hospice Touch Volunteer?

Around the time I was looking into volunteering with Hospice Touch, I was a pre-pharmacy student applying to pharmacy schools. I had already volunteered in various pharmacies and hospitals, working with physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.  As I spent months writing my personal statements to apply for school, where I had to repeatedly discuss why I wanted to be a pharmacist, I realized that I had lost focus on the reason why the healthcare field attracted me in the first place; the patients and the people.
I love volunteering so I decided to look into volunteering with hospice, an area of healthcare that is very much focused on the patient and maximizing the patient’s quality of life.  I believed it would be the best way for me to really spend time with the patient and their families and get to know their story and what’s important to them.


What has been your most rewarding experience?

In all honesty, the most rewarding experience for me was not any one particular experience, but rather, it was simply being able to see the immense gratitude on my patient and his wife’s face each and every week.


What would you tell someone who is considering Hospice Volunteering?

I would encourage them whole-heartedly because it was, honestly, one of the best experiences of my life.  If you’ve ever wanted to make a positive impact on someone’s life but didn’t know where to start, this is definitely your chance.


***Tiffany moved on to Pharmacy School in July, 2011

 

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Sidra N.

Via Hospice Touch’s Facebook Page:

I have been volunteering with Hospice Touch for over 3 years now and have enjoyed every moment as a volunteer. Not only is the experience rewarding, but the volunteer coordinator is SUPER AWESOME! Join us!

 

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Norm

Via email to Ginger Askew, Hospice Touch Volunteer Manager:

I'm grateful you alerted me to (patient’s) last hours.  It was an indescribable privilege that God allowed me to be with him precisely when transitioned from the rigors of this life to the serenity of the next.  I appreciate you and all you do to support Hospice Touch volunteers.  Thank you – Norm.

 

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