Hospice volunteer support is focused on the individual and centers around their family and loved ones. We seek to address not only the physical needs but also the social, emotional and spiritual needs as well. We recognize dying as a natural process in the cycle of life and assert that a good death is equally as important as a good life. We seek to bring care, compassion, comfort and hope for a peaceful and pain-free death to individuals and families living with a life-threatening illness. We also accept the responsibility to advocate and educate on behalf of those we care for and serve.
Our volunteers are encouraged to embrace the intrinsic worth of each and every person and equally serve all without discrimination. Our focus is on quality of life and the desire that each person be allowed to journey toward death with meaning, hope and dignity.
Finally, we never cease to learn. The deeply personal experience gained at the bedside of the many islanders we have served has taught us many things. We have learned that patients and their loved ones must be well-informed, active decision-making participants in their health care. They must be prepared to advocate for the quality of life they deserve at their end of lives. Hospice volunteers are trained by health care professionals and are well-prepared to assist patients and loved ones throughout this process.