Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

November 10, 2013

Hospice volunteers bring help to families who are in need of it

My mother was cared for by hospice when she was dying, and I will be eternally grateful for the support and care they gave to both her and to me.

After she died, I realized that I wanted to pass on some of that love and support-so I became a hospice volunteer with Western Maryland Health System home hospice.

Hospice has enriched my life in ways I could never have imagined, by not only what I am able to give to others, but more of in what I have received from the patients themselves.

Hospice care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life.

Trained volunteers are essential members of the care team and there are more than 13 volunteers with Western Maryland Health Systems Home Hospice, along with more than 458,000 volunteers throughout the country bringing comfort, love and respect to those in need.

When I arrive at someone’s home to provide care and offer respite, I feel good that I’m making time for others. But I get a lot out of it too.

I have met wonderful families: I’ve been privileged to hear fascinating stories: I’ve shared laughter and companionship at a time when those things are not always easy to find.

November is National Hospice Palliative Care month, an important time to help others understand the important resource we have in our community.

It’s never too early for a family to learn about the services hospice can provide. More information is available at WMHS Home Hospice at 240-964-9000.

Mona McKenzie

Cumberland

 

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