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In times of need

October 7, 2012
Samantha Collins, Marquette , The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

Lake Superior Hospice is an independent non-profit hospice organization that has been serving Marquette County for over 30 years.

Hospice care is a particular type of compassionate care that addresses all the needs of a person who has a serious illness.

The goal of hospice is to improve quality of life for both our patients and the family by providing relief from any symptom that causes discomfort and stress of the illness, whatever the diagnosis. Hospice addresses the needs of the family and friends of the patient to the greatest extent possible so that all concerned can maintain dignity and quality of life.

The hospice patient helps decide what care is right for them while a team of physicians, nurses, other specialists, and volunteers work with the patient's doctor to provide an extra layer of support. Helping our patients set goals is a big part of hospice care, we hope that our patients still find a value in their lives and find time to enjoy the things they are able to do.

As a caregiver of someone who is diagnosed with a serious illness it can be hard to find the time and energy to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Volunteers at Lake Superior Hospice know how to bring support to a family that may not have slept for hours, prepared a decent meal in weeks, or have been outside for a walk in months.

Hospice volunteers take on tasks that are not easy, yet they go heart first into some of the most difficult situations we will ever face during our time on this earth.

Lake Superior Hospice has an outstanding volunteer team of over 60 individuals that provide compassionate support to our patients and their families.

This year Lake Superior Hospice volunteers logged over 1,500 hours of support, 95 percent of these hours donated are directly related to providing a friendly visitor for the patient and respite for the caregiver.

If you have ever felt that volunteering in hospice care may be part of your calling, I invite you to attend our Volunteer Training on Oct. 12 and 13. No prior experience or skill in hospice care or any other related field is necessary, all that hospice volunteering requires is a compassionate heart.

To register please contact Samantha Collins Director of Volunteers and Outreach at 906-225-7760 or



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