On August 13, 2012 in my blog "Goals", I decided I should volunteer at a hospice so I could learn more about how they work. Well, I FINALLY decided which hospice to volunteer for. I won't mention the name here because the purpose of this blog is to inform and discuss, not advertise.
As previously mentioned, I am a Reiki Master Teacher. I was looking for a hospice that would allow me to use my Reiki skills in my volunteer work. Admittedly I didn't contact all the area hospices, but I did speak to people from four of them. Three of the four didn't appear to know anything about Reiki. Their response was, "I'm sure we'll be able to let you use that." But the fourth hospice I spoke with not only knew what Reiki was, they were very excited at the prospect of having a Reiki person on board. Apparently they had a Reiki person before who moved out of town. They said that the patients and staff LOVED it. So, my decision was made.
I'm so excited! I've had two training sessions so far. Another is scheduled for tomorrow. I believe 20 hours of training are required before I can work with any clients.
So far it's been an enjoyable experience. I've met many interesting people. They have stressful and sometimes emotionally draining careers, yet they seem happy and upbeat. I'm honored to be able to work along side such selfless individuals.