In my day job I make hospital visits on a regular basis and many times I visit people in hospice. One of the hospice places that I visit is the Baptist Reynolds Hospice House.
This place is amazing and the people who work there are the very best at what they do. This place looks like a retreat center rather than hospice. I have never visited there when I have not been impressed. One day while visiting I asked the lady who was escorting me to a room if everyone was paid staff or did they use volunteers. She replied that they used several volunteers and explained to me what areas they worked in. It was when she told me that many times there is no family or friends for the people in hospice and that the volunteers would come in and visit or read to them. That it moved me. I thought “I can do that!” So I went through the training, background check, drug testing and began to spend some time there each week. Some volunteers do garden work as well, but that is not what you want me to do.
I truly believe that people should be able to go out with dignity. During the last few months I have many funny stories from the residents. However, many times when I am visiting the best thing that I can do is to help the nurses out by feeding the residents who are waiting. No matter what is going on in my life; when I step into the hospice center everything just goes away. It is the highlight of my week! The residents and the nurses who work there bless me way more than I could ever bless them. Volunteering, especially to those who have no way of paying you back, is one of the best things that you can do.