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If anyone would have told me that I would become a hospice
volunteer, I would never have believed that I would someday choose
this path. However, eighteen years ago my life was about to change
forever, and my greatest joy now is to share in this most sacred time
in a person's journey home.
Eighteen years ago I lay in a hospital bed suffering for three long
months, given hours to live. Blood clots, organ failure, and sepsis
had wreaked havoc on my body. I lay unresponsive to my family
and friends. However, my soul and spirit were very aware that an
unspoken forgiveness issue was keeping me from the peace I so
desired and needed. I awoke and was barely able to speak to resolve
this issue, but then finally I was in total surrender and truly happy to
be free-both physically and spiritually. After my priest had come
to anoint me later that night, I awoke and instantly knew I had been
healed. During my many months of recovery I immersed myself in
the reading of the divine mercy of God.
A friend approached me about becoming a hospice volunteer,
and all these years later the experience has led to the most beautiful
and cherished moments of my life. It has truly been an honor and
a privilege to share the love, joy, fear, and sorrow that finally bring
us to that eternal love we all desire. I am forever grateful to every
soul who has shown and taught me the courage and love which
lives forever in all of us. I think hospice work chooses us, and the
decision to follow is ours. Please consider this blessed calling.

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I became interested in St. Francis Home after my sister spent the
last days of her life in a wonderfully compassionate hospice home in
San Francisco.
I have had many opportunities to volunteer in the past. My
experience as a volunteer at St. Francis has truly been the most
gratifying.
I and many others volunteers helped care for a resident during
the last month of her life. She came to our home angry and
resentful. As time passed she accepted her daughters, became more
gentle with the volunteers, spoke to God and passed away peacefully
with dignity and grace.
I have learned so much from our
resident and her hospice caregivers. I hope
to continue to help others in this beautiful
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-Fay Weaver (retired physician)
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