Volunteer Hospice hosts ‘coping’ series

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County presents a six-week series of programs to provide an overview of the death and dying process and community resources for coping with a loss.


The programs are held 1-3 p.m. on Thursday afternoons at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Blake Ave., Sequim.


The series is scheduled to run from March 3-April 7.


Programs include “Introduction to Hospice” with Executive Director Sue Hynes; “Attitudes About Death and Dying” with Gary Lepak; “The Grief Process” with Cherie Copsey; “Families Dealing with Death and Dying” with Beth Garifalos, MSW; “Legal Issues” with attorney Ron Bell; and “Stress Management” with Ruth Marcus, Ph.D.


The series is free and open to the public. It also is required education for volunteers wishing to work directly with patients.


For more information or to register, call 452-1511 or see

Grant help

Volunteer Hospice is seeking help with receiving grant funding. Anyone with such experience willing to share their expertise is encouraged to call Eileen Damian, president, or Sue Hynes, executive director, at 452-1511.

Hospice names new board members

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County recently welcomed three individuals to its board of directors. They are Dennis Beguelin, Bruce Busch and Jim Mann. Each serves a three-year term.

Beguelin had an extensive career in the banking industry in California, working for Security Pacific National Bank. He finished his career as a regional administrator, retiring to Sequim six years ago with his wife.


For the past two years he has served as a volunteer with Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County providing respite care for the terminally ill.


Busch has a distinguished career in the Air Force, serving stateside as a flying instructor, in Europe as a wing logistics officer, and in Korea during the Pueblo crisis. He finished his military life as a logistics officer, then went to law school. He had a private practice in Sacramento, Calif., for 18 years before retiring to Sequim in 2003 with his wife, Dottie, who died just a year later. He became a volunteer “because they helped me.” He has served as one of the equipment delivery men

and then on board committees.


Mann describes his volunteer work with Volunteer Hospice as “one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.” With his wife, he retired to Sequim 22 years ago from Pacific Telephone as a special services technician. He started his  telephone career in 1952 as a lineman for Ohio Bell. He took Volunteer Hospice’s six-week education course in 2001, which qualified him to become a volunteer.


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