Volunteer Spotlight: Carolyn Johnson
Why did you decide to become a Hospice Volunteer?
My husband died in 2006. I retired in 2007. I wanted to do something that was rewarding and helpful to others. My friend Linda Thomas, who volunteers with hospice, introduced me to Libby and that is when I started.
What has been your most rewarding experience?
I make bereavement calls. I enjoy what I do. I have made at least three hundred calls in the last four and half years and have been in touch with caregivers. I have had several losses in my family; I identify with their grief.
What would you tell someone who is considering Hospice Volunteering?
It is a very rewarding experience. The whole Comfort Care experience provides care for the families who are dealing with the loss of loved ones. I love to come to the office on Tuesdays, we have “Souper Tuesdays” where all volunteers meet, talk over lunch, exchange stories while working on some project. I do not keep any of my personal appointments, medical appointments on Tuesdays as I do not like to miss the “Souper Tuesdays”. Being able to help is the best thing about Hospice Volunteering.
What would you like to share?
People who work for Comfort Care are very kind. I love to work with them. I am very thankful for the opportunity there. The staff and volunteers are great! I also love what the Vigil team does- they go and watch over someone who is dying; this is very special and I appreciate it. I would recommend other people to join and experience the joy of helping at Comfort Care Hospice.