"We feel very blessed to be able to help the patients and their families and know that they enrich our lives in ways that are truly special."
Diane McDonald '71
My husband Jim and I were married for 39 years before he died at Cincinnati Hospice at Blue Ash on January 3, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. During the last week of his life, the caring professionals at Hospice did everything they could to make Jim comfortable and were extremely supportive of the kids and me. He died peacefully and with dignity thanks to the extreme dedication of the nurses and volunteers at Hospice.
Four and a half years ago I remarried a wonderful man. We both have been so blessed in our lives that we both felt the need to give back in some meaningful way. We decided the perfect place to give back would be at the same facility that cared so well for my husband before his death.
Bob and I went through the training and became Hospice volunteers. We go every Sunday morning to help with breakfast duty. We also go on the big holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning as many of the volunteers are out of town visiting family. We deliver trays to patients, setting up trays for those who are still able to feed themselves and feeding those who are unable to feed themselves; talking and offering comfort to family members; talking with patients who just need someone to listen and offering words of comfort and, many times, humor during their last few days or weeks on Earth.
We feel very blessed to be able to help the patients and their families and know that they enrich our lives in ways that are truly special. We feel the Lord’s presence when we are at Hospice working with the dying and their families; what could be a better opportunity to share the Lord’s love and compassion with others than this!
Hospice is an organization that helps people with their end-of-life experience.
They work with family and their terminally ill loved ones both in their homes as well as in residential centers to give the terminally ill and their families the best and most meaningful end-of-life experience possible and ensure those dying are treated with the utmost dignity and respect.
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Published online July 20, 2020