National Volunteer Week is April 21-27, a time to recognize and celebrate the thousands of men, women and young people who volunteer in communities across the country. There are some special volunteers in our community who deserve recognition for the heroic work they do to ensure that people at life’s end find comfort, love and respect. I am talking about the hospice volunteers at Hospice Compassus.
In 2012 more than 70 trained volunteers at Hospice Compassus in our Tullahoma and Columbia agencies provided more than 2,600 hours giving of their time and expertise to support people during one of life’s most challenging experiences — and they should be honored for the care and compassion they provide every single day.
They spend time at the bedside, help out family caregivers, participate with outreach efforts, assist in the office and so much more. They are truly angels among us and will never be forgotten to those whose lives they have touched so deeply.
To think hospice is about dying is not really accurate. Hospice helps patients and families live as fully as possible, even at life’s end.
I encourage others to learn more about hospice or our volunteer opportunities by contacting us at (931) 455-9118 in Tullahoma, (931) 381-4090 in Columbia or visit us at our website at <www.hospicecompassus.com>.
Peace and blessings.
Hospice Compassus Volunteer Coordinator