Hospice Volunteer Lunch Held at Cafe Muro

By Kitty Ellis

Hospice San Miguel held an informal lunch and information exchange on Tuesday, February 5, at Cafe Muro, Loreto 10B, in San Miguel de Allende. Hospice Board members, volunteers and interested persons from the community shared ideas and information, made new friends, and enjoyed an excellent meal in the relaxed and intimate setting provided by Muro host and Hospice supporter, Gerardo Arteaga.

Among the many topics discussed were ways to extend the Hospice message to the community, a new Friends of Hospice category for committed supporters, a monthly online Hospice newsletter, informal fund-raising events and volunteer get-togethers, and coherent branding and marketing.

Founded in 2007, Hospice San Miguel serves individuals with life-limiting illnesses (as determined by a physician), their families and loved ones, without regard to nationality, age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religious belief or ability to pay. Based on the Hospice model which originated with Dr. Cicely Saunders in England in the 1960’s and which has since spread throughout the world, Hospice San Miguel adheres to the guidelines of the International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care and is a member of the US National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Services include the support of a skilled medical team made up of a doctor and nurses expert in end-of-life care, with emphasis on providing pain control and comfort so that the patient may die with dignity in his or her own familiar surroundings. Also available as needed are trained patient care volunteers, spiritual advisors, and grief counselors for surviving family members and loved ones. Hospice aims to provide its patients with the means to live fully as they die well, and to participate as much as possible in the decisions that make that possible. The needs of family and caregivers are respected and supported, as are the qualities that make each patient – and therefore each death – unique. To do all this requires the help of a team of committed and trained volunteers.

In attendance at the lunch were Kitty Ellis, Volunteer Coordinator, Medical Liaison and Board Member, Diana Ellsworth, Martha Hamill Correa, Bereavement Counselor and Board Member, Chris McCaskill, Board Member, Ezequiel Mojica Galván, Board Member, Dennis Pacquette, Treasurer and Board Member, Marilyn Peterson, Philip Louis Phillips, Beverley Wood and Cheryl Young.

Hospice San Miguel encourages all members of the community, both Mexican and expat, resident and short-term, English and Spanish speakers, to share in the privilege and satisfaction of becoming a volunteer. Those who would like to make patient home visits will be offered training and support. Those with talents and interests in the areas of fund raising, event planning, grant writing, marketing, website design, and office work are also essential to its success. For more information or to become a volunteer, contact Kitty Ellis, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at kittyellis@gmail.com or call Hospice at 152-6620. The Hospice office is at Canal 152 in San Miguel, and is open from 2:30 to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. All phone inquiries will be answered promptly.


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