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November 8, 2012

Volunteers complete Hospice training

LONDONDERRY — Compassionate Care Hospice announced five new volunteers joined its expanding staff recently.

The volunteers recently celebrated their graduation from an extensive volunteer course.

“Volunteers are a vibrant component of Compassionate Care Hospice’s mission to serve individuals and their families with compassion, dignity and respect,” said Arthur Reublinger, chaplain and volunteer coordinator.

The new aides went through a six-week training course. The training covered the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of hospice care.

In addition, volunteers had a one-day retreat to reflect on what hospice care means to them personally, Reublinger said.

“Compassionate Care Hospice offers a sense of community to all employees and volunteers,” he said.

Reublinger passes the torch to Molly Brewer, the new volunteer and bereavement coordinator.

Compassionate Care Hospice’s volunteer team enhances the services provided to individuals and their families by the agency’s hospice-certified clinical nurse managers, licensed nursing assistants, social work and spiritual support.

Volunteers play an important role for patients and their loved ones, Brewer said. Many volunteers have experience with specialized therapy, in addition to hospice approved pets, she said.

For more information about hospice or to learn more about volunteering, call 421-9887.

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