It was an easy decision to give of my time and become a volunteer at hospice.
Once the training was completed, the learning really began. Going from
a volunteer to a full-time employee was the start of a life lesson. Working
at hospice is a never-ending learning experience and one which is not
taught in a classroom.
Meeting the needs of our patients on a daily basis is a task that requires
teamwork. It involves listening, communicating and really wanting to get
to know what the patient is all about. You soon discover that there is
no better gratification than hearing a smile over the phone.
Life can throw you some unexpected surprises but some of the lessons I
have learned through Hospice is that you cherish people, their friendships
and the support of those around you. Take on each and every day with what
needs to be accomplished but do so with sympathy, understanding, and a
little bit of love from the heart.