Letter to the Editor
National Volunteer Week
April 12-18, 2015
Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteers: The Faces of Caring
Most of us remember a person who seemed to go out of their way to help us during a difficult time in our life – a grandparent, a teacher, even a stranger who became a friend. The recollections of these “faces of caring” remind us of the good within each of us. Nowhere are these faces of caring more common than among the volunteers that serve in hospices across the country.
April 12-18 is National Volunteer Week, a time to honor and celebrate those caring individuals that do so much for so many – particularly those hospice volunteers that accompany people during life’s final journey.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are an estimated 500,000 hospice volunteers giving of their time and talent to patients and families who are coping with life-limiting illness and loss. These trained volunteers provide more than 16 million hours of service every year.
Last year, more than 1.6 million Americans received care from our nation’s hospices. Volunteers were a part of this special care that brings compassion and dignity to patients and their families.
Whether a volunteer is serving at the bedside, in the office, educating others, or raising awareness, they are the faces of caring that make hospice so special.
We are blessed at Hospice Compassus to have such a wonderful group of committed and compassionate volunteer’s servicing our twelve counties. Our volunteers give so freely of their time and touch so many lives by their many gifts. They are a key part of our team and most invaluable to the patient’s and their families whose lives are touched.
We are grateful to our volunteers during National Volunteer Week and every week, and pleased that this celebration of volunteering allows us to remind everyone that hospice and palliative care is about how you LIVE.
To learn more about Hospice Compassus or information concerning our volunteer and educational programs, please contact Carol Cooke, Volunteer Coordinator at 931-982-0860.