Whether you volunteer for Bluegrass Care Navigators or some other nonprofit, what makes your experience rewarding?
The required training & education to be a #Hospice (& PalliativeCare) volunteer is unlike any other volunteering I've done. It is helpful in mindful conversations with patients, caregivers, interactions w/ healthcare professionals & connecting with others in their lives.
I started w/ vprince in the Corbin/Harlan/Barbourville office & continued w/ volunteering for the annual bereavement camp via leversole.
And you are a real blessing and a joy to have around. The kids really enjoy you at Camp time. We have set the date for this year as Sept 30th at the same location as last year. Sure hope you can join us again!
The unexpected gifts. I brought my sewing machine to help stitch up heart-shaped pillows as a bereavement activity right before Valentine's Day. Folks brought in loved ones' clothing to cut the heart shapes to make the pillows. These were stuffed and participants could write special notes to safely reside in the pillows. The selected clothing and the writings prompted stories as we worked along. There were tears and laughter. Reflecting back, I am struck by what people shared. It is not the perfection, but the quirky, funny, humanity of loved ones that enchants our hearts. This was such a gift to receive on the eve of Valentine's Day. Thank you!
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