Tom joined Harmony Hospice as a volunteer in the summer of 2016, soon after moving to Tucson. He first became involved in hospice in 1993.
"It has become part of my life. I chose hospice because I wanted to try something that would offer me a chance to work with people on-on-one."
Tom really likes interacting with the patients and their families. He added,
"I think of myself as a neighbor who is there when needed, but who cannot fix anything. Of course, neighborliness in mutual, and I benefit as much or more from the connection with the people I visit."
When asked if there's anything he's learned about himself while working as a hospice volunteer, Tom said,
"Working with hospice patients has given me an increased understanding of two things. The first is that I and the hospice patients are on the same path in life, the only difference being they are just a bit ahead of me. Secondly, the inevitable end of that path is not as important as the moment at hand."
Tom is a dedicated volunteer who sees patients weekly. He spends his spare time beekeeping, practicing photography, studying Spanish, and writing, including a blog he started recently on how to be human and humane in an increasingly complex world. He also has an
amazing family that supports his many interests.
Many thanks to volunteers everywhere!