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

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

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

April 23, 2015
by Mary York
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Sky Yeasayer, Reflections on Gratitude

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 another of Sky Yeasayer’s Reflections. Sky Yeasayer on Gratitude and Honoring Care Givers ON GRATITUDE “One of … 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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