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November 15, 2013
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Letter: Excellent hospice care led to volunteer work

Hospice offers needed service

My husband was cared for by Mercy Hospice when he was dying. I’ll be eternally grateful for the support and care they gave to him and to me. After he died, I became a Mercy Hospice Volunteer to pass on that love and support.

Hospice and palliative care combine the highest quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support families need most when facing the end of life. Hospice care qualification requires a diagnosis of terminal illness with an estimated six months or less to live and the patient no longer seeking a cure.

Hospice offers many advantages; you can choose to remain at home and volunteers can assist in many ways. Trained volunteers are essential members of the Mercy Hospice care team, along with 458,000 volunteers throughout the country, bringing comfort, love and respect to those in need.

When I volunteer in someone’s home to provide care and offer respite, or serve as support staff in the office, I feel good about making time for others. I’ve met wonderful families, been privileged to hear fascinating stories and shared laughter and companionship at times when they aren’t easy to find. Needless to say, I get a lot out of volunteering!

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month. Let’s help others understand this important resource in our community. It’s never too early to learn about the services hospice can provide.

On a final note, a very special moment for my husband, Jim, and I was the pinning ceremony done for Jim as a Navy veteran. This meant a lot to him in his final days and we deeply appreciated the added recognition of his service. I thank Mercy for honoring our veterans and encourage you to thank veterans for their service to our country.

More information is available at Mercy Hospice: 541-677-2384.

Betty Pinard


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