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Hospice Volunteer: Just Be Present. That’s Enough.

No expectations.  Just be present.  These two phrases have summarized my work as a hospice volunteer.   I started my journey as a hospice volunteer over 20 years ago when I lived in Rhode Island and was  raising a family

Life Has Greater Meaning as Hospice Volunteer

Editor’s note: For several decades, John Keohane of Danvers has been a strident supporter of Care Dimensions. As the former owner of Henry’s Market in Beverly, he served on the Kaplan Family Hospice House Steering Committee in 2005 and previously

Hospice Patient Grateful His Poetry Preserved by Volunteer

Benedict “Ben” Gesmundo of Haverhill, MA, has never thought of himself as a poet.  Although he wrote several hundred poems over 50 years, he rarely shared them. Poetry was an outlet for Ben. When he felt inspired to get his

Keeping Mom’s Spirit Alive at Walk for Hospice

When I was growing up, my mom shared stories with me about her work day. I had friends whose mothers were out in the workforce, too, but they didn’t hear stories like I did.   My mom was a hospice

Son, Mom Pay it Forward at Grief Camp

Editor’s Note: Each summer Care Dimensions organizes Camp Stepping Stones, a family retreat for children and adults who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The one-day camp offers children traditional camp experiences with hands-on activities to help

Nine Years Well Spent Supporting Hospice Auction

Editor’s note:  Care Dimensions’ largest annual fund raising event, the Hospice Auction and Regatta, will be held at the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA, the weekend of June 17-19, 2016. Proceeds help Care Dimensions provide a range of wide

The Surprising Joys of Hospice Work

There are endless opportunities to donate time and money to good causes. The mission statements are compelling and the reasons for committing to those charitable efforts are readily evident. Yet, when I was looking for a new chance last year

Rose Moniz Makes Hospice Volunteering a Family Priority

At the age of 84, Rose Moniz of Beverly, MA, is still making an impact on the North Shore by inspiring her son and daughter-in-law to volunteer with hospice patients.   It all started in 1994 after Rose’s mother passed

Cancer Survivor: Why I Support Care Dimensions’ Hospice Auction and Regatta

Editor’s note:  Care Dimensions’ largest annual fundraising event, the Hospice Auction and Regatta, will be held at the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA, the weekend of June 17-19, 2016. Proceeds help Care Dimensions provide a wide range of direct

Hospice Volunteer: ‘This Work is Undeniably Important’

Kay was the first patient I visited after my six-week hospice training. My volunteer coordinator placed me with Kay because she was 92 years old, lived in a nice facility in Wayland, MA, and although she had dementia, she was

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