As our community grows in size and age the need for hospice services continues to increase. Hospice services through organizations, such as, Hospice Southwest and the Ray Hickey Hospice House are vital to caring for those in our community that are nearing the end of life. These organizations do not turn anyone away and they do so much more than just caring for the dying patient. Besides all the wonderful acts of kindness to the patient, they provide healing support for families, through Hope Bereavement Services. The Jim and Kay McClaskey Bereavement Retreat is a camp that offers families an opportunity for working through the difficult emotions of losing a loved one, in a supportive community setting. The Stepping Stones Program of Hospice Southwest is a child and adult program that offers continued healing and opportunity for expression with the guidance of professional counselors and trained volunteers. These programs are very successful in helping our community heal and regain strength from loss.
"Hope is that beautiful place between the way things were...
and the way things are yet to be"
This is where Friends of Hospice Southwest Volunteers step in! Many of these items, services, and support could not be offered without the funds we raise to gift to hospice. Whether it is a last birthday celebration, a gas card so families can make daily visits to their loved one, or a much needed major kitchen renovation to the Ray Hickey Hospice House; we are the organization that ensures it can happen! It is through the diligent, committed efforts of the volunteers of Friends of Hospice Southwest Washington that we can maintain passionate giving to our hospice patients, friends and families.
"No one will ever be turned away because of lack of ability to pay."