Bryan Barrett and Bethany Harrell

Envoy Hospice Chaplain Bryan Barrett, left, and volunteer coordinator,Bethany Harrell, discuss the need for hospice volunteers during the Cleburne Lions Club meeting on Wednesday.

Cleburne Lion Rick Blaine said he can’t say enough good things about hospice.

“I think it’s one of the greatest organizations we have in our society today,” he said. “Back before my wife died, the last three weeks she was alive hospice was there. And there were about three or four [volunteers] a day every day the last few weeks of her life. 

“When she passed away on Dec. 7, which is Pearl Harbor Day, at 2 o’clock in the morning I called and the lady was there within 15 minutes. She was there and called the police, called the funeral home. She took care of everything. I didn’t have to do a thing. Four of the girls even came to the funeral.”

Blaine and others learned more about the need for hospice volunteers during the Cleburne Lions Club meeting on Wednesday. 

Envoy Hospice Chaplain Bryan Barrett said being able to provide comfort to someone at the end of their life is an honor.

“Hospice, as you know, is really good work,” he said. “We’re blessed to get to go into people’s homes at this strategic time in their life. I’m  honored I can go into somebody’s home when they are dying or one of their loved ones are dying. It’s just a great and incredible honor.”

Barrett said their services are growing and there is a need in Johnson County.

“We need volunteer folks to come hang out with our patients for a little while,” he said.

Bethany Harrell, volunteer coordinator for Envoy, further elaborated the need.

“We are definitely looking for volunteers in this area to be with our patients,” she said. “Really it is just being a companion to the patients and just being there, in your own way, on your own time for whatever time you have. If you have an hour or week, or even a couple hours a month, that is completely fine. Just to go in and be that patient’s friend.”

Harrell said if you are interested in just being somebody’s friend, you just have to go through a small training. 

“It usually takes a couple of hours,” she said. “I can come to you so you don’t have to drive all the way to Fort Worth.”

Barrett said volunteers can even entertain the patients if they have a special talent.

“If you play an instrument that would be great,” he said. “And some of you who are veterans, we want veterans to visit veterans because that is just a wonderful thing.”

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