For the past couple of years I have volunteered at my local Hospice on Christmas Day, helping to serve meals and drinks to patients and their visitors.
My own Nan spent some time at this Hospice before she died in 2007 and I find a lot of comfort and meaning through volunteering in the Inpatient Unit and giving something back to the vital work done by all Hospice staff.
This feels like important work to be doing especially around the Christmas period. Helping to show patients and their families some kindness and compassion on what is likely to be their last Christmas together.
I would eventually like to work in a Hospice as a Counsellor so that I could work more closely with patients and their relatives, helping them to cope with the emotional impact of a terminal illness.