January 24, 2017
by Mary York
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Justin Magnuson, Massage & Sharing Touch, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Caring Through Touch I felt an easy meandering amid the flow of my conversation with Justin Magnuson, exploring various aspects of hospice volunteer work. I can imagine that our ease of communication was similar to the practice of massage, where … Continue reading

November 12, 2016
by Mary York
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Jack Pittman, Reflection on the Power of Music for a Distinguished Veteran

Our Hospice Spotlight Volunteer Reflections are shared frequently. Reflections are stories of connection and meaning, presented in the volunteer’s own words. Here is Jack Pittman’s Reflection. Moved by Music “I have been very surprised by the impact and importance of … 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

October 17, 2016
by Mary York
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Jack Pittman on Validating Service & Honoring Legacy, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Sharing the Gift of Legacy Jack Pittman knows what it means to serve. As a veteran he has served our country for over twenty years and continues to serve his community while in retirement as a hospice volunteer. Initially, hospice … Continue reading

August 11, 2015
by Mary York
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Stephanie Lopez & The Salutes Program & A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight (Part II)

Honoring and Celebrating Veterans After talking with Stephanie about her hospice volunteer experience (See Spotlight), it was clear to me that her work with the Hospice of the Valley Salutes program deserved its own highlight.  A veteran herself, Stephanie takes … 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

March 1, 2015
by Mary York
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Bill Carpenter & Service, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Living A Life of Service Bill and I met late morning at a local coffee shop on a crisp and sunny fall day. I imagined that he had been busy running errands and in between was stopping by to chat … Continue reading

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