Brattleboro Area Hospice Volunteer and Friends Newsletter
Join us!
Hospice volunteers have told us 
how fulfilling it is to support their neighbors--
become a volunteer!
Our next training begins on Sept 5 in Wilmington
Our Spring 2017 Training

Beginning on September 5, we will offer our hospice care volunteer training in Wilmington, VT on Tuesday mornings from September 5 - November 14 from 10 am - 1 pm.

Throughout Windham County hospice volunteers aid neighbors and their families who are living with life-threatening illnesses.  Help may range from running errands to gardening to emotional and physical support. Hospice care volunteers report the work as challenging yet very rewarding. Training topics include hospice philosophy, nuts and bolts of volunteering, ethical issues, reflection on personal attitudes toward death and dying, and grief issues among others. Presenters include professionals from the community as well as Hospice staff and volunteers.

Space is limited to 12 people.  Contact us at or call 802-257-0775 ext 105 for an application form or for additional information.  Applications are due by August 18.

Taking Steps Brattleboro

Your Questions Answered by Joanna Rueter, our Advance Care Planning Coordinator

Dear Joanna, I have a friend who would like to have a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) bracelet.  Do you know how to get one? J.G.
Dear J.G., Sure.  Here is the info about approved vendors for Vermonters. The instructions are on the website. Please note that individuals who wish to purchase a wearable DNR must have a doctor's signed DNR to get this ID.
  • Average cost: $27.99 (plus shipping and handling)
  • Annual membership fee: $29.99 for first 12 months
Financial assistance may be available through the MedicAlert® Sponsored Service Program.
Hi Joanna,
     How does a person get hold of the Ethics Committee for a consultation?  I'm wanting to know in case my health agent needs back up help when trying to get my directive followed.  Thanks, Worried
Dear Worried,
      By law every hospital is required to have an Ethics Committee. If the situation is happening in the hospital your agent can just say,"I need an ethics consultation right now!"  It is up to the hospital to call Ethics Committee members together ASAP to hear the issue. If you are outside the hospital they would call the main number and ask for the most direct route to the Ethics Committee. Great that you are asking questions now! Bravo, Joanna
Please feel free to contact Joanna with your Advance Care Planning questions by phone 802-257-0775 x 101  or by email:
There is deep learning in considering our mortality.  Dr. Karen Wyatt explores this beautifully 
in her recent essay:
Moment in the Garden
Thurs. Aug 3, 5:30 - 6pm

Join us! Come spend a calm moment in our beautiful Hospice Garden at Living Memorial Park.We'll spend about half an hour enjoying the beauty of the garden, decorating memorial stones to place in the garden, listening to inspirational poems or short readings, and maybe some quiet music.  

No need to RSVP, just come!
Help out at the Garden
Tues August 8, 4:00 - 6 pm

If being in nature and getting your hands in the soil appeal to you, consider coming to a garden work session.  They're a great opportunity to work with others in our lovely memorial garden while contributing to the community by helping to maintain the garden.  No need to RSVP, just stop by and help!
Don't miss the next

Free Film Screening

Followed by a local panel led by 
Dr. Bob Backus

Being Mortal with Dr. Atul Gawande

Come experience 
the beautiful message of this film.   Discover why these screenings have been so popular!

Thurs. Sept. 7th, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Holt Room at  Grace Cottage Hospital

For more info click here
Contact us for 
Grief Support

How we're different.... why we're important

Brattleboro Area Hospice is one of only 200 volunteer non-profit hospices left in the United States providing volunteer-staffed programs to dying and grieving community members. We were founded in 1979 on the belief that no one should die alone, and are dedicated to offering all services free of charge.


Did you know 
we have a great library?  

We have so many new books we've dedicated a shelf to them-- come check them out!

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy  By Sheryl Sandberg
After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.
Review on Goodreads:  Option B

When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death  By Scott Taylor Smith
A lawyer and venture capitalist provides a complete, practical guide for dealing with the concrete details surrounding the death of a loved one, from funeral and estate planning to navigating the complexities of online identities.
Review on Goodreads:  When Someone Dies

The Conversation  By Angelo E Volandes MD
There is an unspoken dark side of American medicine--keeping patients alive at any price. Dr. Angelo E. Volandes believes that a life well lived deserves a good ending.  
Review on Goodreads:  The Conversation

Gratitude  By Oliver Sacks
A deeply moving testimony and celebration of how to embrace life. In January 2015, Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer, "I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. 
Review on Goodreads:  Gratitude

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant
By Roz Chast
In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.  Review on Goodreads:  Can't We Talk

The End Of Your Life Book Club  By Will Schwalbe
"What are you reading?" That's the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  
Review on Goodreads:  The End of Your Life Book Club

Traveling Mercies
By Anne Lamott
From the bestselling author of Operating Instructions  and Bird by Bird comes a chronicle of faith and spirituality that is at once tough, personal, affectionate, wise and very funny. 
Review on Goodreads:  Traveling Mercies

The Light of the World
By Elizabeth Alexander
In The Light of the World, Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband.
Review on Goodreads:  The Light of the World

Awake at the Bedside
By Koshin Paley Ellison & Matt Weingast
This book isn't about dying. It's about life and what life has to teach us. It's about caring and what giving care really means
Review on Goodreads:  Awake at the Bedside

Where Do They Go?  By Alvarez & Field
Julia Alvarez's new picture book is a beautifully crafted poem for children that gently addresses the emotional side of death.  Review on Goodreads:  Where Do They Go?

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory  By Caitlin Doughty
Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty-a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre-took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life's work.
Review on Goodreads:  Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

When Breath Becomes Air  By Paul Kalanithi
A profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?  Review on Goodreads:  When Breath Becomes Air

The Long Goodbye
By Meghan O'Rourke
What does it mean to mourn today, in a culture that has largely set aside rituals that acknowledge grief? After her mother died of cancer at the age of fifty-five, Meghan O'Rourke found that nothing had prepared her for the intensity of her sorrow.
Review on Goodreads:  The Long Goodbye

The Last Lecture
By Randy Pausch
Based on the extraordinary final lecture by Carnegie Mellon University professor Randy Pausch, given after he discovered he had pancreatic cancer. 
Review on Goodreads:  The Last Lecture

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