I have been volunteering for a hospice since earlier this year. I must say it is not what I thought it would be going in to it. I saw an add on Nextdoor looking for volunteers, was looking to get involved, so signed up for an interview. I was pleasantly surprised to learn more about Suncrest Hospice and exactly what a hospice is and does.
Spending time with someone who is in their last leg of life is so incredibly rewarding and humbling. Once a week I get to spend an hour with an elderly Arvadan who has such a beautiful soul. Due to patient confidentiality, I cannot give many details but lets just say that hour is the highlight of my week. I can feel myself growing personally, professionally and spiritually.
I felt that hospice was my calling due to personal circumstances. I have a 96 year old grandmother who I am fortunate enough to life close to and get to speak with and see on a regular basis. Many of her friends, BINGO buddies and neighbors often comment on how lucky she is to have such a loving and attentive family. This made me think about other elderly people who do not have this support and I wanted to pay it forward. Although this is not the case for all hospice patients, just having one more person, for one more hour in their day, can be a game changer. I highly suggest looking into hospice if you are looking for a way to give back. I hope there is another generous volunteer who will sit with me when I become old and feeble.