Hospice Circle of Love Seeking Volunteers

Hospice Circle of Love is looking for new volunteers to add to their team.  A volunteer training course is scheduled for February 13th & 20th from 1 to 5 each day at the Circle of Love office, 314 S. Third.

Hospice Circle of Love volunteers make a difference in the lives of patients and families in many ways.  Whether they are providing respite for a caregiver or companionship to a nursing home patient, they have such a positive impact on the lives of those they serve.

In addition to working with patients, Circle of Love volunteers help with the agency’s 6 annual fundraisers, such as book sales, Tree of Life and a clay shoot.  They also work in the office, which might include putting together packets for intakes, do some filing or answer phones during a staff meeting.

In addition, volunteers assist the agency by helping with annual flu clinics, working health fair booths, being a part of the agency’s Relay for Life team or helping to maintain the landscaping in front of the office.  “There are numerous ways our volunteers are involved with the agency and each one is important,” commented Volunteer Coordinator Julie Nelson.  “Volunteers choose which areas they are most interested in and that’s where they are placed.”

Anyone who is interested in being a volunteer can call Julie at 234-2273 to receive an application.

Circle of Love Chaplain Named Oklahoma’s Spiritual Counselor of the Year for Hospice

Hospice spiritual services can come in many forms and Hospice Circle of Love Chaplain Gary Miller has a knack for providing just what is needed to each patient he sees. His special skill set was recognized Thursday, when he was named Spiritual Counselor of the Year by the Oklahoma Hospice and Palliative Care Association (OHPCA) at their 2014 annual conference in Tulsa.

In his work as a hospice Chaplain, Gary provides spiritual comfort to both terminally ill patients and their families. Reading the Bible and praying are common activities during his visits. He is also there to listen. Talk often turns to life after death and Gary seems to know just what to say to put someone’s mind at ease.

Sometimes Gary is asked to be the one to perform the funeral for a hospice patient or their family member, due to the fact that he has become that family’s closest spiritual advisor. He is an important part of Circle of Love’s Bereavement team as well. This includes co-facilitating community grief groups, helping with the annual Tree of Life Celebration and making phone calls to families.

Gary has made such a difference in the lives of so many patients and families at such an important time. He is always there to provide support and compassion, when it’s needed most.

The Spiritual Counselor of the Year Award nominations are read and voted on by hospice workers in another state. Criteria for consideration includes the nominees history and relationship to hospice, their role and scope of activity and the impact they make on hospice care and in the lives of the patients and families they serve. Circle of Love’s Executive Director Chad Caldwell, who is also the current President of the OHPCA, was honored to present Gary with his award.

Hospice Headlines

Winter 2015

• Chaplain Surprised With Spiritual Counselor
   of the Year Award
• End of Year Events in Pictures
• Mint Julep Jubilee
• Upcoming Class To Train New Volunteers

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