Dying Alone

There are so many reasons to do better by each other. One most heavy on my mind is that until this pandemic subsides so many people are dying alone.

A couple of years ago I went through a training to become an End of Life Doula. I came home and life happened and I didn't do much with it. Recently, I picked it back up and have started volunteering as a Vigil Volunteer with a local hospice organization. The organization put a call out looking for volunteers to be with people who were dying, particularly those without family or loved ones nearby, who would otherwise die alone. 

Once the pandemic ramped up here in Wisconsin, the vigil service ceased. Hospice facilities and home hospices were on lockdown with limited staffing, understandably so. However, I think of these people every day and how they are dying alone. It makes me so sad because dying alone is a fear of so many of ours. I hope my positive thoughts reach them in their final moments, but it doesn't feel like enough.

For me, getting through this pandemic will mean that more people will die with dignity and transition out of this world more peacefully and surrounded by the love they deserve.

What is your reason for getting through this pandemic?

By the way, if you want to learn more about becoming an End of Life Doula or if you or a loved one might benefit from one, you can learn more about it here

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