needed, appreciated

For the past three years it has been my privilege to be a hospice volunteer. Hospice volunteers honor those on their ending journey, support their choices, give comfort and respite to family members, and just sit and listen.

When telling others that I do this, they think that is must be very depressing. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that it is an inspiring experience and really a gift we not only give to others, but to ourselves as well. I have always felt that I get back more than I give. Families are appreciative beyond words.

The hospice nursing department and the volunteer organization together form an effective team working together toward the same goals: comfort and support.

For the time being I need to leave the organization to attend to other life situations, and though the decision is right for me, I feel a deep sadness as I know how great the need is for volunteers.

if those reading this letter have any desire to be a volunteer, I strongly encourage you to give serious thought to hospice. I guarantee you will be blessed.

Toni Ramundo

Winslow