David Brown – Living and Dying Well

David Brown has volunteered with Calvary Health Care Bethlehem hospital in Melbourne for more than five years. David volunteers at the Community Palliative Care Day Centre every Wednesday and assists patients and Music therapists with their Music Therapy sessions.

How did you come to volunteer at Bethlehem?
I was interested in doing some kind of volunteering when I stopped working full-time and one day I realised that palliative care fitted in well with my Buddhist beliefs about the interconnectedness of living well and dying well. Bethlehem is the main palliative care facility in my area.

What do you enjoy about volunteering at Bethlehem?
The appreciation of the patients. It’s good to know you make a difference. I work in the palliative care day centre, and I enjoy the fact that patients, staff and volunteers all get on well and have a lot of fun together.

What has been your best experience as a volunteer at Bethlehem?
When we put together a concert after several weeks of practice. It stretches everybody and we get a real sense of achievement.

What would you say to anybody thinking about becoming a volunteer at Bethlehem?
It’s not for everybody, but if you’re interested, give it a try. There’s a variety of roles for volunteers that will suit a variety of interests, talents and ways people like to engage.


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