“It meant so much just knowing that compassionate souls were there with Mom.” – Gwen
For the past 15 years, Pilgrims Hospice has offered the Compassionate Companions home visiting program for individuals living with a terminal illness and limited in their ability to leave home. Specially trained volunteers provide emotional, social and spiritual support, life review and legacy work, respite care for the family, and end of life vigil.
As an extension of the Compassionate Companions program, this spring Pilgrims Hospice launched the No One Dies Alone (NODA) program.
The program is free of charge and intended for clients who do not have family or friends available to support and comfort them. It provides around the clock vigil for their final hours of life, ensuring that no one dies alone if that is their wish.
“We have a wonderful group of trained volunteers – NODA Vigil Companions – wanting to provide comfort and make a difference. I’m in awe of their commitment, as well as their open willingness to give their hearts and their time. It’s really beautiful to witness,” says Bonnie Ross, Manager of Respite Services at Pilgrims Hospice.
As a complement to available nursing care, NODA Vigils are offered in a client’s home and currently within 3 Continuing Care Centers in Edmonton. A group of dedicated NODA Vigil Companions are on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
These Companions help provide individuals with a comfortable and peaceful transition, and the most valuable of human gifts: a dignified death through emotional and spiritual support, comfort, and a hand to hold.
“We want to help as many people as we can, and feel so honored and privileged to journey alongside each and every person at such a sacred time.” – Bonnie Ross
For more information, or to learn how you can bring this service to your facility, contact Bonnie Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 780-413-9801 ext. 103.