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

December 20, 2015
by Mary York
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Diane Bykowski, Reflection on an Angel in the Night

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 Diane Bykowski’s Reflection. This experience reinforced Diane’s belief in angels and the messages she feels they send … 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 16, 2015
by Mary York
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Zoe-Tricks, Comfort and Laughs, A Hospice Pet Therapy Dog’s Spotlight, Part II

Zoe provides entertaining tricks , joy and soothing comfort to hospice patients. (Part II–Hospice Volunteer, Diane Bykowski, translates for her special companion and Pet Connections partner, Zoe) Five years ago, I was wandering the streets of South Phoenix, picked up … 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

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