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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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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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‘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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Team Cindy and Traditions at Walk for Hospice

Posted on August 2, 2018 by Bruce Billingham

My family and I became associated with Care Dimensions in 2006, when my wife, Cynthia Spearing Billingham, was admitted to the Kaplan Family Hospice House for end-of-life care. The care and support that Cindy and all of us received from the Kaplan House staff was a blessing we will never forget. I felt that one of the best ways that we could remember Cindy and keep her spirit alive was to participate in the Walk for Hospice, so our children, Dayna and Chase, helped me form Team Cindy that fall. For each year thereafter, Team Cindy has been a supporting force for Care Dimensions. ...

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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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Hospice Volunteer: Just Be Present. That’s Enough.

Posted on May 1, 2017 by Annette Pollack

Care Dimensions hospice volunteer Annette Pollack shares a laugh with her patient.No expectations. Just be present. These two phrases have summarized my work as a hospice volunteer.I started my journey as a hospice volunteer over 20 years ago when I lived in Rhode Island and was raising a family and consulting part time. I went through the training and was assigned a 90-year-old patient. Our ...

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Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.