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Living with Dying

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“There are two ways to live your life: One is as if nothing is a miracle, and the other is as if everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

This quote by Einstein ends the book Living at the End of Life, by Karen Whitley Bell, Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (CHPN).

Compassion frequently accompanies awe and wonder at the miracle of life. By offering the gift of compassion you can make a difference for someone living with dying.

As Karen Bell puts it: “Whatever our faith, whatever its teaching, at their core, whether Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Native American, another Native tradition, or any other of this world’s many views of life, all hold a single guiding principle – compassion for our fellow living beings and the world we share.”

Are you a caring person? Do you have a kind, gentle, compassionate presence? Do you have time to offer someone facing a life-limiting illness (either their own or that of a family member?) by:

  • walking a dog?
  • reading aloud to someone?
  • sitting in companionable silence with someone?
  • sitting in conversation with someone?
  • doing light grocery shopping?
  • running errands?
  • mowing a lawn?
  • tending a garden or houseplants?

Do you practice: Reiki, aromatherapy, massage or healing touch? Do you sing or play a musical instrument? Can you support the office staff of Sojourn Hospice through making phone calls, copying, putting mailings together, working on special projects, etc.?

If you answered  YES  to any of the above, our friend France Cole-Boyd is asking you to consider volunteering with Sojourn Hospice, a program of Healthy Living at Home, Inc. in Redding CA. If you are interested in finding out more, contact Frances, Volunteer Coordinator at Sojourn Hospice: (530) 339-5720 or by email at: fcoleboyd@sojournredding.com