Volunteer Spotlight: Alexis Ambrose
Why did you decide to become a Hospice Volunteer?
My mother was on hospice care, in a facility. The aide treated her like his own mom. He washed and fixed her hair; put on a lovely gown. He was so kind to her and he impressed my brother so much that my brother cried in gratitude.
My husband was on hospice care for 6 months. Everyone was helpful and became real angels in our lives. My husband passed at 3 a.m. and the nurse helped us with everything. They even came to the funeral which just impressed me so much, especially, knowing how busy they were. So I decided when I got free of my other volunteer job, I wanted to help in some way at the Hospice.
What has been the most rewarding experience?
I mostly help in the office with the bereavement phone calls. One of the people I called had lost his wife, I had worked with him off and on for 15 years. His sharing of his last few weeks with his wife was so beautiful and so comforting to him. I was honored that he would share with me. I have also provided caregiver respite and cooked meals for those in need of support. They are so grateful for the assistance.
What would you tell someone who is considering Hospice Volunteering?
The Volunteer Coordinator, Libby Jones, is so kind and thoughtful that you don’t feel like you are doing any work, but being treated to a loving family, being cared for, fed lunch and remembered in special ways. There are many different areas of volunteering open to anyone who volunteers, and so your assignments are geared to what you want to do, what you are good at and where you can be most satisfied.
What would you like to share?
When I was young, I was totally fearful of anything that had died. Hospice opened up a total new world of how rewarding helping someone make the transition to eternal life; or caring and sharing with someone left behind to grieve. In the Hospice office, a poster says, “You matter to the last moment of your life…..” Volunteering at Hospice helps you see in concrete ways how to make each moment matter.