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

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 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

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

October 4, 2015
by Mary York
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Lauren Cashdan & Patients, A Second Family, A Teen Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Patients Feel Like A Second Family When most people envision Hospice volunteer work, they may imagine it being limited to institutional settings and to an older generation of service-oriented people. My interview with teen hospice volunteer, Lauren Cashdan, shed new … Continue reading

September 16, 2015
by Mary York
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Laurie Hernandez, Reflection on Singing

Our Hospice Spotlight Volunteer’s Reflections are shared monthly. Reflections are stories of connection and meaning, presented in the volunteer’s own words. Here is one of Lauren Hernandez’s Reflections. Laurie Hernandez and Whole-Hearted Singing “I remember visiting one special patient who … 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

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