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Haywood Hospice honors volunteers

Hospice Executive Director Andrea Rogers-Ray, (from left) volunteer Bill Hoke and Cody, and Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Beverly Murray are pictured at a volunteer appreciation event.  Hospice Executive Director Andrea Rogers-Ray, (from left) volunteer Bill Hoke and Cody, and Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Beverly Murray are pictured at a volunteer appreciation event.

Volunteers with Haywood Hospice & Palliative Care were honored at a recent luncheon held at the First Presbyterian Church in Waynesville. 

Beverly Murray, Hospice volunteer coordinator, welcomed volunteers and thanked them for making a difference in the lives of hospice patients and families over the last year. Special music was provided by volunteer Don Ostrowsky. 

Each volunteer was given a gift bag and a thyme plant as a thank you for the gift of their time to a worthy cause. RN Greg Lathrop was the guest speaker. He is a nurse who serves as a Dying Care Specialist. Lathrop spoke to the group about the ways to empower beauty and contentment at the end of one’s life. 

“We are proud to honor our amazing volunteers and acknowledge their hard work in our community,” said Murray. “Our hospice volunteers sacrifice so much of themselves to provide care and support to our patients and our hospice team.  Our volunteers are an integral part of our multi-disciplinary team that provides end of life care to our Haywood community.”

For more information on the Haywood Hospice Volunteer Program, contact Murray at 828.452.5039.

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