Voices of Care

Committed to Volunteering, Making a Difference

Posted on September 14, 2018 by Anne Williams

In 1980, she made a commitment to improve the lives and deaths of people with terminal illnesses and she continues to live out that commitment today. Volunteers at the Kaplan Family Hospice House say that Gail’s sense of humor and her kindness are evident in her interactions with patients and fellow volunteers. ...

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From Hospital Nurse to Hospice Reiki Volunteer

Posted on August 14, 2018 by Joan Charette, RN

I am a nurse. I worked at North Shore Medical Center (formerly Salem Hospital) for 43 years, and I liked making connections with patients. While at the hospital, I observed a nurse who was a Reiki master. I saw how she calmed patients through Reiki. I told her that I was interested in learning Reiki and then began classes with her. ...

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Hospice Volunteer: The Gift My Patients Give Me

Posted on August 14, 2018 by Meghan Gardner

Being able to make a connection with someone toward the end of their life can be more powerful than medicine. A key part of my religion is having and developing compassion. In the practice of hospice, the truest form of compassion is to be in the space that my patient is in. I let go of me and my needs and what I think is real and I enter their space. ...

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Keeping Mom's Spirit Alive at Walk for Hospice

Posted on August 2, 2018 by Mikki Wilson

My mom was a hospice aide. I could feel the love she had for her patients as she told me stories about them. Everything she shared inevitably helped prepare me for her transition. Mom wanted to participate in the Care Dimensions Walk for Hospice but when her health declined, she was unable to do so. I’m committed to carrying on her support for hospice and Care Dimensions by organizing my team and helping any way I can. ...

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Why I Volunteer at Camp Stepping Stones for Grieving Children

Posted on June 13, 2018 by Claire Conway

As a special needs preschool teacher’s assistant at the Riverside School in Danvers, MA, I work each day with a myriad of children, all with different abilities and personalities. All of them make me smile. I am drawn to helping children learn and experience joy in their everyday lives, so volunteering with Camp Stepping Stones was a natural fit for me. ...

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Son, Mom Pay it Forward at Grief Camp

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Anne Williams

I was only nine years old when my Dad died suddenly. It was terrible. I loved my Dad very much and I miss him every day. My Mom suggested that we both go to Camp Stepping Stones but I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I got to Camp the first things I noticed were lots of kids and families, a basketball court, and arts and crafts tables. The volunteers were very nice and they helped us get into different groups, depending on our age. ...

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How Volunteering for Hospice Changed My Life

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Kristen DePasquale

After spending 15+ years in the corporate world working in advertising/marketing and online compliance and fraud prevention, I realized that I needed to change careers and follow my passion. I took time off to figure it out. In the spring of 2016, my mom showed me a newspaper article about hospice volunteer training. ...

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Volunteering Your Time Means Everything to Hospice Patients

Posted on November 24, 2017 by Sheryl Meehan

Volunteering for hospice brings many rewards for the patient and the volunteer. "I love my hospice work,” said Jennifer, a volunteer with Care Dimensions since 2009. “It's a privilege to work with such wonderful patients and their families at this challenging time in their lives." ...

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Volunteering to Help Fellow Veterans on Hospice

Posted on November 10, 2017 by Lisa Conti

Members of the Care Dimensions Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program provide companionship and a friendly set of ears for veterans receiving hospice care. They give of themselves, not just out of their sense of duty, but out of respect and admiration. ...

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Meet Care Dimensions' Hospice Auction and Regatta Co-chairs

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Lisa Conti

The 23rd Annual Hospice Auction and Regatta is Care Dimensions’ largest fundraiser of the year and requires extensive planning by a committee headed this year by co-chairs Jessie Morgan and John Donovan. The co-chairs recently talked about their families’ connections to hospice and their decision to volunteer for the committee. ...

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