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

December 3, 2015
by Mary York
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Dee DeMaster & the Gift of Connection, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

A Simple Embrace, the Abundant Gift of Connection We Can Freely Offer to Others The afternoon I met Dee, I arrived a bit frazzled by the day’s events and about five minutes late too. I had called earlier to let … Continue reading

November 2, 2015
by Mary York
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Diane Bykowski & Life-the Universal Journey, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Life, A Universal Journey When I reflected upon my conversation with Diane Bykowski, I was struck by how articulate she was in describing the ways in which hospice volunteer work enhances her life. That clarity of thought, no doubt, stems … Continue reading

August 5, 2015
by Mary York
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Stephanie Lopez & Laughter, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Always Time for Laughter and Joy When I asked Stephanie Lopez what she treasures from her volunteer experience, she said, “I love that there’s still time for laughter.” Not surprisingly, my interview with her also began with laughter and joy. … Continue reading

April 1, 2015
by Mary York
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Sky Yeasayer & Life, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Finding Spiritual Meaning in Life Most of my interviews with volunteers take place in a local coffee shop, a community space that provides a comfortable environment for conversation. But the interview with Sky Yeasayer was different; she chose to come … Continue reading

January 16, 2015
by Mary York
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Windows Within Project

The Windows Within Project originated from a desire to document the beautiful moments shared between patients and Hospice Volunteers. When the “windows within” patients are opened, the gifts discovered by volunteers include new understandings, perspectives and profound appreciations for what … Continue reading

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