A talent for caring: Hospice volunteers needed

CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) — As a member of the United States Marine Band, Diana Fish played for the president and dignitaries. Now, as a volunteer at hospice centers in Pinellas County, Diana plays for patients, and their families, facing one of life’s most difficult times.

Her music provides calm and stability, often when families are grieving the loss of a loved one. “It’s a background; a sense of peace,” says Fish.

Music is proven to have calming effect. Often, pet therapy can do the same. That’s why volunteers with special talents – including musicians and owners of therapy pets – are vital to nonprofit health care centers, like Empath Health, which operates multiple health centers, outreach facilities, and other services.

While always in need of volunteers with special talents, hospice volunteers are also needed to be a friendly face, or a hand-holder, providing comfort to those who may be facing the end of their life.

“It really takes someone with an open heart, someone that really wants to serve and give something of themselves to someone else,” says Senior Volunteer Coordinator Alicia Lowler.

Empath Health is especially in need of volunteers for its facilities in mid-Pinellas and St. Petersburg. An open house and volunteer recruitment will be held November 9th from 3:30-6:30 p.m., at 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater. For more information, call 727-467-7423.

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