Helping with hospice a gratifying experience

BARRY’S BAY – Jane Beahen remembers her first time volunteering with Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care (MVHPC) program.

She felt confident that she could do it, especially with the 30 or so hours of training she went through to get this far. But she admitted she had a twang of apprehension walking into the hospice.

But the MVHPC had her covered. Beahen, a retired teacher, had the help of a more experienced volunteer guiding her through the process.

“It really did alleviate any apprehension,” she said.

Jack Connors lived in Ottawa for more of his life. He came to the Valley with his wife after they bought their cottage in 1983. Ten years ago, they made the move official.

“My father-in-law got me involved in it,” Connors said.

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