SHERMAN, Texas. August 21, 2013 -- Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties is offering two training workshops for persons interested in volunteering for its Vet-to-Vet Volunteer Program or its Legacy Volunteer Program. These programs offer volunteers a chance to make a significant difference in the lives of Home Hospice patients and their family members.
The Vet-to-Vet Volunteer Program is a new program with the goal of connecting veterans with other veterans. As part of the We Honor Veterans Program, Home Hospice realizes that fellow veterans can form camaraderie based on common life experiences and build a stronger trust; therefore the goal of the new Vet-to-Vet volunteer program is for veteran volunteers to act as friends to veteran patients and provide support along with the rest of the hospice care team.
I was in combat in North Korea, so I have a little bit in common with other veterans; we can shoot the breeze, said David Carroll, Home Hospice volunteer. I think that local veterans might like to have someone to talk to that might understand; I just want to give back.
Training for the Vet-to-Vet Volunteer Program is September 5 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Home Hospice office located at 505 W. Center Street in Sherman, Texas. Training will address needs and issues specific to Veterans. A volunteer for this program is required to complete the Patient and Family Support Training first. Registration is requested by August 29 so that adequate materials can be provided.
The second Volunteer Training opportunity, The Legacy Volunteer Program, gives hospice patients the chance to tell their life stories to a volunteer who will then write and print the stories in a book format.
A life review is a very important psychological task, particularly at end-of-life, said Barb Samuelson, Volunteer Coordinator for Home Hospice. The Legacy program allows the patient to reflect upon their life, to acknowledge triumphs and failures, to find order and meaning, and then to move on to share the most important and precious parts of their life with their family by creating their very own family heirloom of legacy and heritage.
It is truly a privilege to hear and write the patients' unique and amazing stories in the Legacy Project, said Ryan Stone, Home Hospice Legacy Volunteer. To have the ability to provide this special gift for the patients is an awesome and fulfilling experience."
The Legacy Program Volunteer Training is a three-part training session. Trainees will learn interview and writing techniques, editing and revision, as well as basic Home Hospice philosophy of care. The training is scheduled for September 10, 12, and 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will be held at the Home Hospice office in Sherman located at 505 W. Center Street. Registration is requested by September 3 so that adequate materials may be provided.
Both training programs are free. Volunteers for these programs are asked to be a minimum of one year out from any loss experience of an immediate family member or loved one. This allows time to heal. To register, or for more information, please contact Home Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, Barb Samuelson, at 903.868.9315 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Hospice is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982, dedicated to providing education, programs, services and quality care to palliate physical, emotional and spiritual symptoms at end-of-life for patients, families, and caregivers regardless of ability to pay, as well as all in our communities who grieve.