I always wanted to have the time to volunteer with Hospice, and had that goal reconfirmed when my mother entered the hospice program. My family and I were so relieved working with these professional, caring personnal. My mother was more physically and psychologically comfortable and prepared for each stage in the dying process. It has been an honor for me to volunteer with three patients this year, and to sit vigil for several more patients. I highly recommend working with this wonderful organization and using their services should a need arise.
I am one of the newer volunteers at Lower Cape Fear Hopice and Lifecare Center. My first experience with them was as a student nurse when I did a rotation at their facility. I was so impressed with not only the care provided, but with the philosophy of the organization, and the attitude and behaviors of the nursing and adjunct staff. Ultimately, I left there with a determination to become involved in hospice nursing, and I am currently working on an additional nursing degree to better qualify myself, and volunteering at this time to begin incorporating myself into this beautiful culture. I have met the most beautiful souls at the center, staff and volunteer alike. These are people who are driven by better things than money and power. They are driven by compassion and an unconditional love for their fellow humans, and a willingness to help hospice families in just about any conceivable way that they can, with absolutely no reward to themselves, save for that sense of fulfillment and purpose that is gained from unconditional giving. I am especially moved by the concept that the hospice patient is not just the person in the bed, but is inclusive of anyone who loves and cares for that person as well. Services are offered to family and children both during and after the dying experience of the primary patient, with a goal of adding love, spirituality, and enhanced coping to the entire patient group. So many people mistakenly believe that the utilization of hospice services represents the end of hope, and nothing could be further from the truth. Hospice care concerns itself with the comfort, dignity, and spiritual reconciliation of the primary patient, and with the expression of compassion and support, and the provision of guidance to the hospice family. I could go on for volumes, but in a nutshell, I can boldly state that I have never been more proud to be affiliated with such a noble cause, and with such warm and compasionate people.