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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Dear Editor,

You are invited to experience the most rewarding moments of your life by being a Hospice of the Plains volunteer. No time to spare? Reluctant or unwilling to visit one who is terminally ill? Working full time? Not a problem!

Hospice volunteers may volunteer in a multitude of ways. Hospice of the Plains has a variety of opportunities to volunteer which are divided into two distinct categories, Program Support Volunteers and Hospice Friends.

Program Support Volunteers provide assistance performing any of the following tasks: serving on the board of directors; folding newsletters; occasionally baking a cake or preparing a casserole for a family; riding on a parade float; assistance with fundraising events including any of the following: distributing flyers; soliciting or obtaining items for auctions; herding flamingos; serving food, beverages and desserts; planting a garden; weeding a flowerbed; pony-expressing supplies on your way home; organizing supply cabinets or storage rooms, etc.

The second category, Hospice Friend, may work directly with individuals and their families after completion of the Hospice volunteer training. This training includes an introduction to Hospice; concepts of death, dying and grief; communication skills; care and comfort measures; understanding diseases and conditions; psychosocial and spiritual dynamics of death and dying; understanding families and family dynamics; self care and managing personal stress; understanding the bereavement process; and duties, responsibilities and opportunities for the Hospice volunteer.

Completion of the Hospice volunteer training does not commit you to serve as a Hospice Friend, as some attend the course to augment his/her ability to manage caring for a loved one. We at Hospice believe that death should not be a medical event, but rather a natural life process. Demystifying death allows others an opportunity to gain insight as to how to companion friends or family during their final journey.

Additionally, attendees will be apprised of the benefits of electing Hospice, as well as, debunking end-of-life myths. Informed consumers are better prepared to make the right decision for themselves.

The Hospice trainings are held where there is the greatest interest. The first 2011 training was held in Holyoke, and the next training will be in Sterling. If you are interested in attending a training, but Thursday, June 23 is inconvenient, please let me know as we will be conducting at least one additional training this year.

Hospice of the Plains has had the privilege of serving the terminally ill and their families for the past 15 years. We are committed to everyone living with a terminal illness who resides in Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, eastern Weld or Yuma counties and with your assistance will increase the quality of life for those we serve.

Donna Roberts
Administrator
Hospice of the Plains


Holyoke Enterprise June 16, 2011