June 15, 2016
by Mary York
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Ann Neumann, A Daughter’s Loss Leads to Exploration of Death, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Understanding Loss and Exploring the “Good Death” When I speak with hospice volunteers, I strive to fully understand what it means to be human, exploring end of life experiences, often revealed through patients’ unveiled windows within. These discoveries are beautiful, … Continue reading

May 31, 2016
by Mary York
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Marilyn McEntyre, Reflection on Dementia & Anchoring to the Familiar

Our Hospice Spotlight Volunteer Reflections are shared monthly. Reflections are stories of connection and meaning, presented in the volunteer’s own words. Here is Marilyn McEntyre’s Reflection. Dementia and Finding Ways of Connecting My experience with people who have been in … 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

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

July 1, 2015
by Mary York
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Patty Bottom & Life, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Finding Meaning in Life Patty and I met on a cold and rainy evening, but the warmth she exuded, accompanied by a comforting hug, melted away the winter weather’s harshness. For Patty, her life is about a love for people … Continue reading

June 1, 2015
by Mary York
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Penny Davis & Hospice, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Opening Hearts Through Hospice The wonder of modern technology can oftentimes lead to new discoveries and sometimes even new friendships; this was the case with my introduction to Penny Davis. We met through a professional grief counselor who offered to … 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

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