DANBURY, CT - Danbury Hospital will continue a volunteer program that started last year called No One Dies Alone. In five evening sessions beginning Thursday, September 26th, the Department of Spiritual Care, the Palliative Care Program and the Department of Volunteer Services at Danbury Hospital will offer special training to prepare people to be volunteer Compassionate Witness for those patients who are reaching the end of their time. This volunteer project seeks to provide compassionate companionship for patients who are actively dying and have no family or friends, or, at least, have no one close by to be with them during the last days and hours.
“We want to bring a sense of comfort when no one else is there for the person. Out of whichever faith tradition our volunteers may bring, there is a universal sense of connection that they offer,” said Rabbi Jeffery M. Silberman, Director of Spiritual Care.
“One of the saddest things that we sometimes see at the hospital is when someone dies with no one who cares there,” says Barry Boriss, volunteer coordinator for this important program at Danbury Hospital.
Once the new volunteers have been screened and trained they will be integrated with the volunteers who were trained last year. Cost of the training is $50, and attendance at all five sessions is mandatory. Deadline for application is September 20. Also, the number of spaces for this very specialized training is limited.
For more information and to register for Compassionate Witness program, please contact the Department of Spiritual Care at Danbury Hospital for more information 203-739-7885.