A Letter from Muriel – Volunteering at Heart House Hospice

By Lisa Hoekstra,

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My Name is Muriel.  I have been a hospice volunteer for over 4 years.

People regularly ask me “How can you do volunteer work with Hospice?”  When I tell them it is because I know I make a difference in the lives of others, they seem to be surprised.

I was inspired to volunteer by my husband of 45 years Patrick, who one month before he died told me that he had one regret:  That regret was that he felt that he had not left a footprint in the world.  Patrick’s statement made a big impact on all my future decisions.

The feeling of satisfaction of just being there for someone on their final journey cannot be measured.  Volunteers give the gift of time not only to the individual living with a life-limiting illness, but also to their loved one.  Whether sitting with the dying, or relieving a caregiver so that they can do something for themselves, you are making a meaningful difference in the life of a family.

If you are looking to make a difference in someone’s life, I urge you to think about volunteering with Heart House Hospice.  They have a 30-hour training program to give you all the tools you will need.  You, on the other hand, only need to bring your compassion and an open heart.

If we open our hearts to others we may receive the wonderful gift of making a difference.

Volunteer, Heart House Hospice

p.s. If you’d like to know more about volunteering with Heart House Hospice, please contact Kelly McLaughlin at kmclaughlin@hearthousehospice.com or 905-712-8119 x 223

Heart House Hospice is having an Open House on September 14, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Click here for more details.

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