Joy and Rewards of Volunteering
A Del Corazon Hospice Volunteer agrees to companion someone from the community during a most critical time . . . at the end of life. The work of a hospice volunteer is personally gratifying and deeply meaningful. Our volunteers express a sincere desire to give back and to make a difference in the lives of others. Working with hospice patients is rewarding in return. And volunteering often helps one to come to terms with their own mortality while at the same time it instills an appreciation of life. Volunteering for those at the end of life often helps one to prepare for the changes that they themselves will one day experience with their own loved ones.
Being invited into the last days of someone’s life is an honor. Holding a space for one during their dying journey also allows us to focus on what’s really important in our own life. While the work is not always easy, the rewards are enormous! A hospice volunteer has the opportunity to learn and to grow and perhaps even to discover some pretty amazing things about themselves. Volunteers say that they feel they receive much more than they give.