Volunteer Hospice sets Soul Care series event, orientation

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County is hosting the third Speaker Series as part of its Soul Care program. This program, made possible thanks to a grant from the Albert and Helen Mangan Fund, is free of charge, and is offered via Zoom every other month.

Registration is required in advance at 360-452-1511 or vsm@vhocc.org.

The series continues from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, with a presentation by Gabby Jimenez about “Heart-Centered end of Life Care.”

Jimenez offers a conversation about how to prepare at the bedside, and said she believes we can do death better, that we can put less emphasis on trying to fix with a medical approach and bring back a more human touch at time of death.

The presentation will focus on helping caregivers relieve fears associated with the death of a loved one and create a sense of peace and completion for a graceful passage.

Jimenez is a hospice nurse, end-of-life doula, and a conscious dying educator. Her goal is to help improve the way human beings are cared for when they die, by handing over her own tools, experience and education to anyone caring for someone who is dying.

Orientations set

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County offers monthly orientations for those interested in learning more about or volunteering with the organization.

August sessions are scheduled from 11 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Aug. 4, on Zoom, and Friday, Aug. 5, at 829 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles. Register by calling 360-452-1511 or emailing to vsm@vhocc.org.

Volunteers can be at bedside, but there are other open positions, including the reception desk, the Lending Closet, delivering medical equipment in the Port Angeles area using VHOCC vehicles, or offering grief support.

Since 1978, VHOCC has been providing free hospice services to patients and their families in Clallam County from Diamond Point to Joyce. Part of VHOCC’s mission is to offer grief support groups, not only to families of hospice patients, but to anyone in the community who has experienced the death of a loved one.

For more information, visit VHOCC.org or facebook.com/Volunteerhospiceofclallamcounty or call 360-452-1511.