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People who come to the hospice house are usually days from death. One of the program's foundations is that no one dies alone. If family is not available, the volunteers are there. It was a shock to Davis when her first patient passed. She knew her condition but wasn't prepared. She remembers going home and crying, but even as she wept, she began to wonder why. Her patient had hated being ill and was continually frustrated by her increasing loss of memory. "I should be happy for her," Davis remembered thinking. "I quit crying after I said that. " When death is a release from bondage, she added, "I rejoice. "Of sitting with the dying, Forrest said, "One question we're asked so much is, 'Ooo, how can you do that?'"It isn't a hard task, she said. She loves hearing people share their life stories, which they often want to do as their days grow short. She'll ask if there's anything the patient needs to talk about, such as whether arrangements need to be made for a memorial service. But she's also happy to share hobbies, read aloud or simply be a companion. GRAND STRAND OPTIMIST CLUB, 448 4156.
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House was built in summer 2012, they began volunteering there as well. At Evergreen, they greet people at the door, file documents, take care of the mailing and pick up medications at the pharmacy. They make coffee and help with laundry. They visit with the patients and the family members. Often, they find their job is simply to sit and hold someone's hand.
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her son became ill. She took a leave of absence from her job there and and was his caregiver for the last six months of his life. The hospice nurses, she said, helped make an intolerable situation easier to bear. It was after her subsequent retirement and move to Lebanon that she saw a notice in the paper about training hospice volunteers. She signed up immediately. That was going on five years ago. "I really believe it's my time in life to give back, you know? It's that time," Forrest said. "I worked all my life, and a lot of people have been very good to me, and I just figure it's my time to give back. "Both Davis and Forrest began by visiting hospice patients in their homes. When Evergreen Hospice Air Force Mid Wheat
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