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Thinking of Others During the Holidays - Vigil Volunteers


At this time of year, many people are thinking about ways to give back, do good and help others. It can be hard to know where to start. But just one person with a compassionate heart and hard work can make a huge impact.

During this holiday season, and every day throughout the year, volunteers with Heartland Hospice serving South Central Wisconsin stayed vigil with patients to provide comfort during their last breath. Those who volunteer with Heartland to keep hospice patients company during their last hours of life consider it an honor and a privilege.

"There's nothing like it in the world, to be able to companion someone through their last breath," said Ryan Klaustermeier, Administrator at Heartland Hospice, who has spent most of his career as a hospice nurse. "For those who spend time as Vigil Volunteers, being allowed to honor that individual in that moment is probably some of the most meaningful experiences they have - as far as human interactions go," Ryan said.

Heartland Hospice serving South Central Wisconsin currently has 42 active volunteers. To learn more about Heartland's volunteer opportunities or how to become a volunteer, click here.

To read the full article in the Wisconsin State Journal, click here.