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June 24, 2010

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June 24, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Increased awareness of the many needs of hospice, that depends on volunteers to stretch their dollars, and to give additional personal attention to hospice patients and their families.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Having an opportunity to work directly with patients who have no family to be their caretaker.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, knowledgeable and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand their services, staff, and facilities to more hospice-eligible patients in the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 19, 2010

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June 19, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My role as volunteer. I have received 15 hours of well planned training, served my first case last week, and am registered for additional training to qualify to perform special duties

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have yet to think of a thing I'd change, both as an RN, and as a volunteer. It's nursing at it's most spiritual, and it's volunteerism at it's most compassionate. The staff are incredibly special people, and volunteers are very well screened.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the most beautiful aspects of people, both at their strongest and their most challenged

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

diverse, very open about their feelings, very compassionate towards others, and very proud of what they do

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand programs to the hospice families, including counseling, workshops for coping skills, health maintenance, and education. Expand the facility, or build additional inpatient facilities.

Ways to make it better...

I'd started years ago.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The nursing shortage, and the public image of hospice in general. Too many people think of hospice as a "death" experience. Simply stated, we will all die either with or without hospice, but hospice can add quality to the experience

One thing I'd also say is that...

I lost my mother 7 years ago, before becoming a nurse, and my biggest regret, knowing what I know now, is that we didn't have hospice for her. What a difference it would have made both to her and our family.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Welcome visitors to our hospice care center; sit with a patient allowing their caregiver time away to shop or get their hair done; stuff envelopes; help maintain our 1 acre garden; make a ‘meal of love’ for families at the care center; volunteer for an event; talk to your Doctor about the importance of Hospice; Invite us to talk to your group or civic organization. Volunteer