Terrie – for my beautiful stepfather

I am a new volunteer, having started at Calvary Kogarah hospital’s Palliative Care in February of this year.

As a newly qualified Counsellor with massage therapy training, I currently sit with patients on the palliative care ward and offer hand/foot massages and the option to talk about anything that might interest them. I have recently joined in on the group meditation too, which is just wonderful and a good opportunity to sit with family members and carers who are in great need of some time out and emotional support as well.

In 2010, I too was a family member facing the loss of a loved one, my beautiful stepfather who was terminally ill with brain cancer.

In 2010, I too was a family member facing the loss of a loved one, my beautiful stepfather who was terminally ill with brain cancer. I recall vividly how kind the staff and volunteers were to my family and I vowed that one day I would return as a volunteer in an effort to “give back” somehow.

Upon my return to Calvary nine years later, my first impression was how receptive and kind the patients, families and staff members were and how welcoming everyone was to a stranger entering their world during such a private and challenging time.

Despite many times feeling out of my depth and having thoughts of “what am I doing here? How I can possibly be helpful or of any service?” I always leave feeling so touched by my experiences with the beautiful people I meet. I feel a great sense of purpose and a deep gratitude for being able to offer my help and support to people in their time of need.

Terri Faroe is a volunteer at Calvary Health Care Kogarah

 

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