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SwedishAmerican Seeks Volunteers for No One Dies Alone Program

December 8, 2016

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health, is seeking volunteers for its No One Dies Alone program, which provides the reassuring presence of a bedside companion to dying patients who would otherwise be alone. With the SwedishAmerican nursing staff and palliative care team, the presence of volunteers helps to provide patients with the most valuable of human gifts: a dignified death.

“SwedishAmerican wishes to give dignity to all who are dying alone, without family or friends, by providing a loving presence during their final hours,” says SwedishAmerican Palliative Care Director Dr. Juliette Kalweit. “Having dedicated volunteers to sit with someone during their final hours helps reassure us that our patients are not alone and it ultimately helps the patient feel at peace.”

Volunteers who wish to serve in the No One Dies Alone program will be required to go through training in order to be certified for the program. Volunteers will rotate through two-hour shifts until the patient dies. During the shift, the volunteer may speak with the patient, hold his or her hand, or simply be present at the bedside. Books and music will be provided.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, and must not have experienced the death of a family members or friend during the past year. To learn more or if you are interested in volunteering, please call SwedishAmerican Palliative Care at (779) 696-8050.

For further information, contact:
Katryna Kirby

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