6 Things I’ve Learned About Life by Working with Hospice

Posted by Hospice by the Bay on Sun March 1, 2015 in Volunteers

To many outsiders, being a Hospice volunteer seems like a noble but challenging path to community service. However, most volunteers will tell you that they get back as much as they give in helping patients through the most difficult transition in life.

In her Huffington Post blog, Dawn Hafner shares the following lesson and five more about her work with the terminally-ill:

Much of what you think matters now won’t matter later.

When I enter a patient’s room I notice that there are very few furnishings around. The room is very simple. There may be a few books. More than once I’ve seen a bright piece of dime-store poster board covered in family photos, held together with scotch tape.

What matters in the end is family, friends and the memories you share. The story of your life matters. Not what toys you’ve accumulated or how you’ve decorated your house.

Simple is where we all end up. Maybe we should try simple on for size a bit sooner.

Click here to read the rest of Dawn’s Huff Post blog about working with hospice.

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