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Befriend a hospice patient

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Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2011 12:30 pm

What could be a more compassionate, rewarding thing to do than to make sure someone doesn’t die or suffer alone? Numerous hospice agencies in Arizona, including several in the East Valley, are looking for volunteers to befriend a patient who is dying or in pain. You might be asked to read to a patient, play a game of cards, or simply be there to listen. Some hospice agencies are also seeking volunteer music therapists or those with animals trained in pet therapy to help people who are facing end-of-life issues. If you’d like to help, contact Nancy Trevitt of Sun Valley Hospice, 7227 E. Baseline Road, Mesa, at (480) 558-2002; Katherine Jeffers of Hospice of the Southwest, 450 N. Dobson Road, Suite 108, at (480) 456-9300; Alma Riedel of Grace Hospice, 4515 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, at (480) 775-2599; or Sandra Lafler of Sunrise Health and Hospice, 1840 E. University Drive, Suite 2, Mesa, at (480) 246-3500. A TB test may be required. Hospice agencies ask that volunteers respect a patient’s confidentiality, be professional, and most of all, have a caring spirit.

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