All posts by Kathleen Buso

Sherry Anne Kelly

Sherry Anne Kelly

Our wonderful volunteer Amanda taught us so much. In the nursing home she introduced my Mother and us to musical toys that sang and danced. My Mother received great joy from these and we realize that these stimulate seniors.

It was a great comfort to have the continuity of a volunteer who knew Agnes when she was in good health and followed Agnes through to her death. It was reassuring to have a volunteer to be with Agnes. This provided respite for the family and our volunteer became part of our family team.

We want to thank Hospice Northwest for having such a wonderful program. Agnes had lots of fun, interaction, compassion and care from our volunteer. As a family we received comfort, respite and help with Agnes’ adjustment to institutional life.

David Gilders

David Gilders

I was invited to participate in a small, closely structured grief support group by Hospice Northwest about 4 months after losing my wife. This invitation came at a difficult time in my period of grieving, immediately following the death of Dorothea.

The contacts made with others who had suffered the loss of a loved one, with the group facilitator who had the responsibility of guiding the participants through a six week program, alleviated the sense of loss, which at times was very acute.

I would not hesitate to recommend this particular small group support therapy to any person suffering the trauma of losing a loved one and who feels that there are few, if any persons with whom they can commiserate at a very difficult time in their life.

Andrea Cibulak

Andrea Cibulak

It is wonderful to know that our mom and dad are receiving such compassionate personal care and concern from the Hospice Workers. We will be forever grateful.

Carl Rose

Carl Rose

My wife and I utilized Hospice Northwest services for eleven months when she was suffering with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) at home. We were supported by two volunteers, each of whom came in to our home for a few hours a week to spend time with Carol while family members took a break.

Later, when one of the volunteers was unable to continue for personal reasons, a third volunteer was introduced. The selection and the matching of the volunteers to our needs was really excellent. All three women were retired nurses, very well attuned to Carol’s needs and were empathetic, sensitive and responsive.

We looked forward to their visits and I felt really comfortable leaving Carol in their capable hands. The volunteers were with us until she was completely immobilized and unable to speak at all. When we made the transfer to the hospital in Carol’s final weeks of life, they continued to visit and support us.

Charlotte McMillan

Charlotte McMillan

My Hospice Northwest volunteer has been through many illnesses with me, from insulin reactions, laser surgery to my eyes, fractured ankle, to an amputation.

She has traveled with me to an out-of-town doctor, shared her home with me when I had nowhere to go, and helped to advocate for me with medical staff. I can call on her at any time, even 3:00 am to help drive me home from the emergency department at the hospital.

These are individuals who really do care and have become friends to me when I had no one. Thank you to Hospice Northwest for being there for me through the hard times and the fun times. I have always said that they were God sent to me, for no one else could know how desperately I needed them. Not even myself.

Hats off to my volunteer and the others that have joined the organization, for they are surely needed in our community, not only for individuals like myself, but for others that need their help in these trying times and aging population. A heartfelt thank you to my volunteer and the others who have joined and are yet to come to Hospice Northwest to give selflessly of themselves. I am forever grateful.

Del Osmar

Del Osmar

I would say that Circle of Friends helped me find a semblance of “peace of mind” and courage to carry on since my prognosis was never good and after many chemo sessions and lung surgery and sepsis attacks and being hospitalized for a long period, my time grows ever shorter. As my body fails, my sense of self doesn’t have to; because of some great examples I have seen of fighters who lost their valiant battle but their spirit stayed intact thanks to Circle.