December 18, 2016
by Mary York
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Celeyce Matthews & Recognizing Humanity in Life and Death, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Cherishing Life’s Constant Reminders of Love, Acceptance and Connection For Celeyce Matthews, the journey to working with hospice was over 2 decades in the making. It all began in her early twenties, when something inside her simply gravitated toward being … Continue reading

November 10, 2016
by Mary York
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Mimi Welter & Finding Connection Within the Unknown, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Sharing the Unknown (and Chocolate Cream Drops too) When Mimi Welter’s youngest child went off to college, she looked at her empty nest and wondered how she could use her extra time constructively. As a licensed social worker, she had … Continue reading

July 10, 2016
by Mary York
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Julie Engstrom & Honoring Patients With an Open Heart, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Breathing in Stillness and Honoring Life Hospice volunteering is a natural extension to the work Julie Engstrom has dedicated herself to most of her life, advocating for patients and facilitating communication between caregivers in a hospital setting. She described facilitating … Continue reading

May 2, 2016
by Mary York
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Marilyn McEntyre & A Mother Sharing the Gift of Understanding, a Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

A Mother Encourages Understanding, Bringing Life and Death Full Circle When Marilyn McEntyre and I talked, I traveled into a rich personal landscape, nurtured and sustained by faith, family, literature, art and nature.  I also quickly discovered the guiding North … Continue reading

February 29, 2016
by Mary York
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Linda Clark & Embracing Life’s Journey, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Welcoming the Unknown, Discovering a Journey of Living More When I met Linda Clark, a genuine passion for hospice is immediate and her enthusiasm overflows from within. She describes her own journey with Hospice this way, “My hospice volunteer work … Continue reading

February 1, 2016
by Mary York
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Jennifer Wilhoit & Discovering the Natural Landscape of Death & Dying, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

The Peace of Integrating Death Into Life It is a privilege for me to interview hospice volunteers around the country; I always feel as if I have gained new friends after our discussions and I cherish the personal connection that … Continue reading

January 17, 2016
by Mary York
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Tony Diana, Reflection on the Moment of Letting Go

Our Hospice Spotlight Volunteer Reflections are shared monthly. Reflections are stories of connection and meaning, presented in the volunteer’s own words. Here is Tony Diana’s Reflection. Finding Peace in the Moment of Letting Go I had a patient who was … Continue reading

January 5, 2016
by Mary York
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Tony Diana & Renewing a Reverence for Life, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Finding Reverence in the Space Between Birth and Death At the end of interviews with volunteers, I often ask for any last thoughts. Tony Diana had one pressing question for me, “Do you ever feel like the patients become part … Continue reading

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