“The loss of my husband and mother impacted me greatly. Hospice of the Northwest played a huge role in supporting me in both instances. I was a volunteer when my husband died and my mother was in hospice when I was caring for her.”
Hospice of the Northwest volunteer, Becky Sindora, is no stranger to grief and loss. She channels her own loss to compassionately connect with patients and their families in her role as a patient care volunteer.
While Becky initially became a volunteer “simply hoping to help and learn,” she admits the experience has taught her more than she could have imagined about adaptation, compassion, vulnerability, and gratitude.
Becky has provided respite and companionship services since 2006. Simply being with patients to listen to stories, read aloud, play cards, watch movies, write letters, assist with light housekeeping, and more is an honor that fuels her to continue to serve.
Being with Hospice of the Northwest for over 15 years, Becky has witnessed the superior service the organization offers to the community and credits the dedicated staff for how smoothly everything runs. Though, she does look forward to a time when Zoom calls won’t be as necessary!
“It is such an honor to be part of this organization.”
Becky admits it was a bit serendipitous that she was looking for volunteer opportunities at the same time Hospice of the Northwest was looking for volunteers. Giving in to the “very strong pull” to help others has led to rewarding opportunities and memorable moments to serve hospice patients with compassion and dignity.
“When friends say, ‘I don’t know you can work with dying patients,’ I simply tell them it is an honor and that they should try it.”
When she’s not volunteering, Becky enjoys spending time outside, either gardening or taking walks. She also enjoys reading books and listening to music; she even belongs to a group!
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Hospice of the Northwest, visit our volunteer page or call 360-814-5550.