Maxine has been volunteering on the ward for the past four months now and has enjoyed her roles so much she is looking forward to the challenging but immensely rewarding Bereavement Support Volunteer role to come in the future.
“I’ve loved every minute of it here getting to know how it all works, getting to know the nurses and patients. I’ve experienced death firsthand myself so I was well aware of the stages of grief and anxiety that comes with it so feel it is a real privilege that families let me in to help them with this is some small way.”
Maxine moved back to the U.K after 10 years living in the Middle East and attributes the death of a friend’s 5-year-old daughter to Leukemia, and her own father-in-law to Covid-19, as two catalysts fueling her desire to volunteer for a role all about compassion.
“Dying is not something we should be shying away from talking about. It’s something we all have to deal with. I can certainly relate to the emotional trigger points with patients. I take great pride in being there to have pleasantly distracting chats about bunny rabbits, be a shoulder to cry on or simply make a hot chocolate when nothing else will quite do.
One of the most amazing things I’ve seen here is seeing this whole umbrella of services, such as symptom control and the work on home care plans with the wider healthcare community, all being delivered under such a relaxing atmosphere. Everyone has been so friendly and I’ve found the role so soul satisfying.”
If you would like to discuss volunteering some of your time each week please contact Emma Lemm, Voluntary Services Manager on 01243 755815.