Through your help patients can leave their stories for family
Helping patients record their life story Some patients wish to record, with help, their life story, write cards to their loved ones or have their Eulogy written. Your role is to listen and write down what the patient wants to have recorded. You use a digital recorder supplied or your mobile phone as desired. You provide a hard and e-copy to the patient or their family. These life reflections are often used at funerals and become a family legacy. Hours are varied to suit the condition of the patient and interviews may be undertaken in either the patient's home or at Hospice.
The next training course will be held in September (date to be advised) with the Manager of Volunteer Services and Supervisor; Full training is provided that includes 2 shifts in the in-patient unit to enable you to understand the hospice and patient's world. Regular Supervision is provided at Hospice as well as in-service training and mentoring by experienced Biographers. A resource is provided to each biographer.
Writing and editing. Computer literacy. Empathetic. You need to like people, be a good and accurate listener as well as patient and pragmatic. Sometimes a piece of work is started and not finished; that can be frustrating. Well-developed standards of literacy and computer skills are important in turning thoughts and memories into treasured pieces of work.
4 volunteers needed