Ode to Hospice Volunteers


Friendly hellos and welcoming smiles

Shoes that have walked so many long miles

Holding of hands and singing of songs

Wrapping of Timbits, cookies and ding dongs.


Stocking of shelves and folding of clothes

Offering tissues for teary nose blows

Doing the dishes and keeping things neat

Making sure people have something to eat


Stuffing of envelopes to raise lots of money

Attending events, in the rain or if sunny

Putting up tents and cheering on riders

Tending of gardens and filling of binders


Attending board meetings and setting of policy

Representing Hospice with integrity and honesty

Entering data and managing files

Wearing blue vests and name tags with style


Making of coffee and brewing of tea

Expressing our thanks to our donors with glee

Making things festive with Christmas decor

Celebrate a Life and Hiking the shore


Reiki and placing of warm hands to heal

Honouring life stories and how patients feel

Arranging of flowers to brighten a room

Empathy and understanding when challenges loom


Always responding when you get the call

Happy to help with tasks great and small

A sense of belonging and sharing of strength

The giving of time, no matter the length


Helping our families find inner peace

Listening, unburdening, a gentle release

Spiritual reflection, connecting with heart

All the intangibles, never seen on a chart


You may never know the impact you bring

The lives that you touch, the hearts you make sing

Moments of light shine through every day

The love that you bring takes our breath away.


- Gina Cuthbert, 2018

Quality palliative and end-of-life care for all: Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing life-limiting illness, death and bereavement through patient and family centred care, education, research and advocacy.