Letter to the Editor: Privilege to share last moments

To the Editor:

My husband was cared for by hospice when he was dying, and I will be eternally grateful for the support and care they gave to both him and to me. After he died, I realized that I wanted to pass on some of that love and support, so I became a hospice volunteer with Unity Family Home Care and Hospice.

Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Trained volunteers are essential members of the care team; there are more than 20 Unity Family Hospice volunteers in our community bringing comfort, love and respect to those in need.

When I arrive at someone’s home to provide care and offer respite, I feel good that I’m making time for others. But I get a lot out of it, too. I have met wonderful families; I’ve been privileged to hear fascinating stories; I’ve shared laughter and companionship at a time when those things are not always easy to find.

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month, a time to help others understand the important resource we have in our community. — Donna Brooks, Unity Family Hospice volunteer, Little Falls