This Brings Meaning to My Life

Mary Meinder, Hospice of Pella VolunteerMary Meinders is one of the many very dedicated volunteers at Hospice of Pella. She has been volunteering with hospice for many years and credits her health care background and her joy in working with the older population in leading her toward this path.

“People are scared of death, but that’s when you really need someone,” shared Mary. “It can be difficult to lose someone. But you keep going and help the next person who needs you.”

Since the start of Hospice of Pella, hundreds of patients and families have experienced the loving care and concern of Hospice of Pella volunteers. There are many duties that volunteers fill within the homes of patients and also at Comfort House. They help with transportation needs, including errands and rides to and from appointments. Their role is instrumental in the care of patients and families in hospice care.

Mary volunteers as needed at the Comfort House, but spends most of her volunteer time providing companionship for patients and relief for caregivers by letting them take a break from the bedside. Much of what Mary does is making conversation. “We look at magazines or go through pictures of their lives. At times, I’ll take someone for a wheelchair ride so we can get out for a bit,” said Mary.

Mary encourages everyone to take the hospice volunteer training class as you learn so much about what people are going through when they experience death and grief. “It’s a very good class,” said Mary. “We don’t know what’s ahead of us and this class can help with that.”

According to Mary, what keeps her volunteering is that it provides extra meaning to her life and in all she does. When asked what advice she would give to someone who is considering hospice as a volunteer opportunity, Mary shared, “It’s not as scary as you think. It’s a beautiful way to help people.”

Learn more about volunteering in Hospice at Pella Regional.