2012 April, finally, the time came to me to take the Hospice Volunteer Training. It is 10 sessions, twice a week for 5 weeks, learning the following subjects and more.
- History and Guiding Principals of Hospice Palliative Care
- Programs and Services of the Chilliwack Hospice Society
- The Roles of a Hospice Volunteer
- Hospice Palliative Care and Pain Management
- Communication and Healthy Boundaries
- Family Dynamics
- The Role of the Hospice Palliative Care Team
- Advance Care Planning
- The Volunteer and Client Relationship
- Confidentiality and Ethical Practice
- Loss, Grief and Bereavement
- Children and Grief
- Diversity and End-of-Life Care
- Psychosocial and Spiritual Care
- Complementary Therapies
- Practicing Self-Care
It sounds strange, but I was fascinated by all the information
around the death and dying. To me, the story around the death seems very
sacred and mystical, not scary, because I respect the death as much as the baby's birth.
Of course, it is very sad, and I am easy to cry when I hear someone had
passed away, but at the same time, I feel like I want to give a big round
of applause for the person who just passed away and say,
"Congratulations on completing another life ! "
However, towards the end of the 10 session, I still didn't know if I would be a fit
for the Hospice volunteer. I took the volunteer training so I could do reiki
for the hospice patients and families, but I wasn't sure if I could follow all
the small rules around it.
I have a free spirit, and I don't like to be held down with rules and regulations...
I could volunteer for the bereavement group as I have experienced
both parents's death already, I know how grief feels.
I could volunteer for the children's bereavement group as I lost my father
when I was 4 years old, I remember how I felt back then.
After all, I didn't know if I would really do a volunteer or not, but I was enjoying
the training very much.
However, the very last week of the entire training, we were closing up
the group by sharing the comment from each person.
"It was very informative and enjoy each session."
"I would like to volunteer for the vigil support."
"I am not sure if I will be doing volunteer as my life is very busy now, but definetely
in the future. Please be in touch!"
Then one lady said,
"I took this training to be able to start up a new bereavement group with Hospice.
The bereavement group is specific for people who lost their loved ones by suicide."
B-I-N-G-O ! That's it.
I found it, I found it. I found my place.
This is where I should be as a volunteer.
It wasn't Reiki that Hospice was calling me, but this suicide bereavement group
is the one!
This was the reason I came to this particular group for the training,
that is why I had to wait for 4 years,
that is why Universe changed the training month to April instead of
usual March so I could attend it!
Yes, I am quite optimistic in this way, I truly think that the Universe is working
for me :)
I've got to talk to this lady, Joan, if I could be in any help for this group.
It seems like my path is leading to a completely different direction now...
To be continued,,,