|VNA graduates new Hospice volunteers|
Jun 05, 2013
(June 1, 2013) The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Northern Berkshire has graduated five new Hospice volunteers to provide respite and other critical services for terminally ill patients.
New graduates include Regina Therrien of Clarksburg, and Reiko Yamada, John Buoni, and Martha L. Dailey, all of Williamstown. They join current Hospice volunteers Suzanne Boyle, Kathleen Carbone, Lexie Homewood, Alison Kolesar, Annette Leveque, Edward Luczynski, Carmella Nogueira, Kathleen Schultze, Robin Gajda, Maureen Strype and Sandra Milesi.
“These compassionate volunteers have trained for six weeks and will become certified Hospice volunteers,” said Cheryl Witherell, Hospice volunteer coordinator. “Their training included the history and philosophy of Hospice, the role of the volunteer, clinical aspects of dying, communication skills, family dynamics, issues of spirituality, and grief and bereavement.”
The volunteers can provide respite service for caregivers, can be a listening ear, assist with bereavement or spiritual support, run errands, help with clerical projects. “It is such a challenging undertaking and requires a great deal of compassion,” added Witherell. “The VNA & Hospice of Northern Berkshire is extremely proud of our volunteers who make a difference everyday in someone’s life.”
Those interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer may contact Cheryl Witherell at (413) 664-4536.