Voices of Care

It Fills Me With Purpose: Being a Hospice Volunteer in Greater Boston

Posted on September 4, 2019 by Mary Gifford

Mary Gifford of Malden, MA, discusses the rewards of being a Care Dimensions hospice volunteer. ...

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Volunteer Shares Music, Joy with Hospice Patients

Posted on August 16, 2019 by Care Dimensions

Retired nurse Cindy Shupp puts her passion for music to work as a Care Dimensions volunteer who plays the flute for hospice patients. ...

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Volunteer Creates Bouquets of Thanks at Kaplan Family Hospice House

Posted on May 2, 2019 by Wendy Killeen

Volunteer Kathe Hyland of Danvers creates floral arrangements for Care Dimensions' Kaplan Family Hospice House as a way of giving back for the care her mother received there. ...

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Camp Stepping Stones: Magical Event for Grieving Kids, Parents

Posted on April 30, 2019 by Kelli Ann Sullivan

The mother of three children recalls the healing effects of Care Dimensions' Camp Stepping Stones, a family retreat for children and adults who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The family now helps other grieving families by volunteering at the event. ...

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Community Volunteers’ Knitting, Sewing Bring Comfort to Hospice Patients

Posted on April 9, 2019 by Wendy Killeen

Two community volunteers from Wenham, MA, donate their talents to create prayer squares and quilts that are given to patients at Care Dimensions' Kaplan Family Hospice House. ...

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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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‘Volunteer Vikings’ Go the Extra Mile at Walk for Hospice

Posted on August 6, 2018 by Fran Clements

I meet a lot of people who want to give back to our organization because they are grateful for the compassionate care their loved ones received at end of life, and I too have been down that road and wanted to give back. After being asked to form a Walk for Hospice team, my husband, two sisters, and a couple of volunteers formed our team called the Volunteer Vikings. ...

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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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