Her appreciation extends to the Hospice Kingston staff members and fellow volunteers too. “The lovely staff are a key reason why I volunteer. They are second to none in dedication for the clients they serve,” explains Brandy.
“They are compassionate, skilled and fully engaged – going the extra mile in a myriad of ways. They care so deeply about our clients, their families and, especially us, the volunteers. They are always available to listen and guide us.”
Brandy offers her support and expertise in providing one-on-one bereavement care for newly widowed clients, as well as providing in-home hospice support for clients with life-limiting circumstances.
“Our culture is often uncomfortable talking about grief, dying and death. Yet the dying and bereaved often long for validation of their experiences and feelings. Every person deserves to be heard and seen in ways that feel respectful and meaningful to them, whether or not they can still articulate their burdens or needs,” continues Brandy.
Hospice Kingston and the clients and families they serve are also very grateful to have experienced and dedicated volunteers like Brandy.
With more than 45 years of volunteer experience combined with a long career with Corrections Canada, Brandy also proudly volunteers with the Kingston Humane Society, St. Vincent de Paul Society, VON Diner’s Club, Habitat for Humanity, and supporting local immigrant and refugee families.
“It’s an immeasurable gift to me to be a volunteer,” concludes Brandy.