Volunteers are imperative to the Hospice program at Lexington Regional Health Center because they allow hospice to provide services it otherwise could not offer. In addition, volunteers usually:
Form close bonds with patients and family members. Patients often tell volunteers things they feel they can't tell their loved ones. Family members may confide concerns to the volunteer that they'd rather not share with the dying person.
Help people communicate by encouraging each person to say what he or she needs to say. When important things go unsaid, survivors may feel guilty for a long time. Volunteers help open the way for people to talk honestly.
Grieve with the family once the patient dies. Providing support to the family through the patient's death is part of the volunteer's role. Volunteers may attend the funeral or memorial service, and also be involved in bereavement counseling.
For more information about becoming a hospice volunteer, please contact Kristina Bergmark at (308) 324-8300.